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Paris Days 5-6: Emergencies, Busted Knees, and L’Orangerie

Catchy title eh? Well plenty went down during these two days of our trip. Well laid plans were turned to dirt and much needed knees were badly hurt. Still, after it all, we managed to have a grand old time. Read on to find out what happened!

Day 5: Emergency!

Okay, well not really but it does make for a snappy title! It turns out that our friends Jeff and Jen weren’t going to arrive in Paris as planned. Jeff’s plane was delayed leaving Boise and Jen would have to fly on alone. Naturally, we had to rise early and rush to the airport to pick her up so she wouldn’t be left alone to fend for herself in Paris!

We brought her back to the apartment, fed her lunch (or rather, my parents did) and then we escorted her to her vacation apartment. The day was pretty much eaten up by then and we were tired. So we napped in the afternoon and then went to pick her up for a dinner out at Léon de Bruxelles. We dined heartily on all-you-can-eat Mussels and had a grand time celebrating Father’s Day (sorry Jeff…)! Happy Father’s Day Dad!

All you can eat Mussels at Léon de Bruxelles... Yum! All you can eat Mussels at Léon de Bruxelles… Yum!

Day 6: Busted Knees and L’Orangerie

The next day we spent a lazy morning at our apartment and then got up to walk around Paris and see some new sites. First, we called Jen to make sure Jeff’s plane had arrived okay (albeit a day late) and yes, he was resting peacefully reunited with his wife.

So we set off on foot to explore more of Paris. First we went to Place des Vosges, one of the most expensive parts of Paris to check out the scenery and the really neat art galleries in the square. Place des Vosges is a large square that is strangely quiet and serene compared to the rest of Paris. It was also once the home of Victor Hugo.

A statue of Louis XIII in Place des Vosges. A statue of Louis XIII in Place des Vosges. One of the many really cool steam punk style sculptures and art in one of the galleries around Place des Vosges. It's Captain America! One of the many really cool steam punk style sculptures and art in one of the galleries around Place des Vosges. It’s Captain America!

    

One mountain of a mole hill sculpture in Place des Vosges. One mountain of a mole hill sculpture in Place des Vosges.

Next, we set out towards Île de la Cité and Notre Dame.

Kim in front of Notre Dame. Kim in front of Notre Dame. A bird I managed to snap a picture of in a park near Notre Dame. A bird I managed to snap a picture of in a park near Notre Dame.

Then we went into the restaurant area nearby and snagged a yummy meal from a street vendor.

Charlie? What happened to Waldo? Charlie? What happened to Waldo? Lunch near Notre Dame. We partook in a street vendor style Greek gyro. Lunch near Notre Dame. We partook in a street vendor style Greek gyro.

Our original goal was the Musee D’Orsay, but due to our poor planning, we didn’t realize it was closed on Mondays. No matter, we’ll just head to L’Orangerie instead (which is also a neat art museum).

This is a panorama I took from Passerelle Solferino, a walking bridge over the Seine between D'Orsay and L'Orangerie This is a panorama I took from Passerelle Solferino, a walking bridge over the Seine between D’Orsay and L’Orangerie

A candid Kim took of me while I was waiting in line to get into the Musee L'Orangerie. A candid Kim took of me while I was waiting in line to get into the Musee L’Orangerie. Kim and Water Lilies! Notice the guardrail on the lower left. This is important later... Kim and Water Lilies! Notice the guardrail on the lower left. This is important later…

A panorama of one of Monet's Water Lilies. A panorama of one of Monet’s Water Lilies.

Ah, the busted knee… Contrary to the serenity that my pictures suggest, the museum was packed with tourists (mostly of the oriental flavor). When we entered the gallery with Monet’s Water Lilies, there were a number of tourists standing in the entryway. I had to slide around them and narrowly missed banging my leg on the guardrail that prevents admirers from stepping too close to the works of art. By the time I thought to warn Kim behind me and began turning around, BANG, she had clocked her upper shin good and hard against the railing.

I’m sure that hurt like the Dickens. She immediately doubled over in pain and grabbed her knee. She was so consumed with pain that she didn’t realize she was about to back into the priceless Water Lilies butt-first as she grabbed at her knee. The Concierge came rushing over with the most horrified look on her face. Fortunately, I quickly grasped what was about to happen and helped escort Kim over to a bench so she could tend to her knee.

More Water Lilies. More Water Lilies. Antics alert! Kim bashed her knee against the guardrail in the Water Lilies room trying to get around the crowd blocking the entryway. Antics alert! Kim bashed her knee against the guardrail in the Water Lilies room trying to get around the crowd blocking the entryway.

In the end, the damage didn’t appear too severe, but I can testify to how biting a swift jab to the shin can be. After sitting for a few moments, Kim felt well enough to walk again and we continued our tour of the Museum.

Friends and family gathered for apéritifs before dinner. Welcome Jeff! Friends and family gathered for apéritifs before dinner. Welcome Jeff!

Seeing as how walking probably wasn’t the best option anymore today, we caught the subway back to the apartment and had some time to relax before Jeff and Jen arrived for dinner. Yes, Jeff made it safe and sound on the plane today. We had a lovely duck dinner, made plans for tomorrow, and then called it a night! Tune in again next time for our continuing adventures in Paris (hopefully with less injuries and “emergencies”)!

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