Between our planned city visits we spend a day of decourverte in Paris. Allowing drizzle to ease off we left the flat at about 11 o’clock and rode the metro to Denfert Rochereau only to be confronted by a queue for the Catacombs which we had been hoping to visit. Whilst we might have tarried a while when a rather surly doorman told us we could expect to queue for 3 hours we abandoned the idea. We ate delicious boudin noir and mash at a nearby restaurant and ten took the metro to Trocadero where we had planned to visit Musee de Quai Branly principally for the vertical gardens which Marian had described to us.
But on the way we spotted Palais de Tokyo and, my, did we enjoy the art installations therein. It is a building dedicated to modern and contemporary art and we loved it. Especially the Henrique Oliveira ‘tree’ and the Venice Lagoon experience.
Time for a quick selfie with the Eiffel Tower then on to Branly and that building contains a fabulous collection of Oceanic, Asiatic, African and American primitive art. The interior decor uses a terra cotta coloured leather as it’s principal raw material which is so earthy and atmospheric. But the display cabinets are densely positioned and contain lots of objects and the route around is not easy to trace. You have the unsettling feeling you might hae missed a chunk. This Museum will require a second bite as I loved the plethora of shelly artefacts and when we emerged at 1900h we were tired. Feet beginning to blister – note to self I must buy a reeaallly comfortable pair of shoes.
Despite tempting ideas for terrace bars and riverside strolls flagged up by Claire we repaired to rue Victor Massy for a quick freshen then supper at Deux Cocottes. (Thank you for all your Parisian serving suggestions Claire, oh for more hours…….energy too 😉