After traveling to and from the Dordogne October 6-9, and staying busy while there, we had a leisurely morning and did not leave the apartment until almost 11:00am. Our first stop was the Tour Eiffel. Once past security we learned the line for those without reservations to take the elevator to the top was a three hour wait... so we left. We walked down the street and went to the Musee du Quai Branly. I have always appreciated the outside of the museum where walls stretching to the sky are a vertical garden. The inside is spectacular with so many collections.
We made our way through a few, including a special exhibition on Paul Robeson who was the son of an escaped slave, a former sportsman and lawyer, actor and singer who was active in workers” movements and denouncing fascism, European imperialism, racial segregation and colonialism. Who knew what a many faceted person he was? The collections here include many textiles which personally I find of great interest. I plan to spend more time here on my next trip.
After the museum, we walked across the Pont de l’Alma bridge and caught the #72 bus to Tuileries. From there we walked though the gardens and had a very late (3:00pm) lunch at Cafe Angelina. And it also was a 2 hour leisurely lunch!
Then we headed to the metro to go home, stopping on the way for Diana to buy a new pair of shoes and to check out a little artist’s shop on our street - more French bling was purchased!
We are staying in tonight and tomorrow plan to visit the museum at the Foundation Louis Vuitton to see an exhibition of works by Egon Schiele and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Plus, the building was designed by Frank Gehry. Diana and I like his work, even if he went to USC.