A Day of Free – Paris.France – December.2012

Our two-week Parisian adventure was now coming to an end.  We were originally going to stay for three weeks, but decided against it.  A few days into our trip, we were talking about how three weeks was going to get boring.  Now that it’s the end of two weeks, we both agreed that we wished we had stayed longer.

On this day, we decided to head to the Musee Carnavalet (23 rue de Sevigne) in the Marais district.  Basically it’s a history of Paris museum, and the best part?  FREE!  So we headed over, but decided to get lunch first.  We checked out Petite Marche (9 rue de Bearn), and because it was relatively early for lunch in Europe, the place was empty.  However, it was the best duck of the entire trip.

The empty Petite Marche.  It started to fill up as we were getting ready to leave.

The empty Le Petite Marche. It started to fill up as we were getting ready to leave.

The specials menu that Jay ordered from.  It's either appetizer and main, or main and dessert... not all three as we had originally assumed

The specials menu that Jay ordered from. It’s either appetizer and main, or main and dessert… not all three as we had originally assumed

Jay's Carrot Curry Soup - it tasted SO good!

Jay’s Carrot Curry Soup – it tasted SO good!

Jay's meatballs... not bad, and it did fill up Jay pretty good despite its portion size

Jay’s meatballs… not bad, and it did fill up Jay pretty good despite its portion size

Voila!  My margret de canard - so incredibly tasty!

Voila! My margret de canard – so incredibly tasty!

As we walked over to the Musee Carnavalet, the surrounding streets were really interesting.  Lots of stores, boutiques, places to wander in to.

a nice street view

a nice street view

a church

a church

And then we got to the museum.  It looked like a small, cute museum at first, but as we wandered in, we soon became lost.  It’s bigger than we expected and we spent quite a bit of time there.  The bad part, though, was that all the descriptions were in French.  And as I’m not one for museums, I started to get bored real fast.

Approaching the museum

This is where we stood, looking at our map, trying to figure out where the museum was…. and we were looking straight at it!

The courtyard as you enter

The courtyard as you enter

Some wall ruins

Some wall ruins

From the inside, looking out into the gardens

From the inside, looking out into the gardens

After spending quite a bit of time there, we started to wander the streets.  We soon realized that we were coming upon the Maison de Victor Hugo (Victor Hugo’s house) in the Places des Vosges and decided to check it out, just to say we’ve seen the apartment.  The apartment complex is actually really nice and encircles a cute park.  We also found out that to view his apartment unit was FREE, but temporary exhibits were not.  Guess which one we decided to see?  The FREE!

The hallways

The hallways

Victor Hugo's apartment from the outside

Victor Hugo’s apartment from the outside

The signage

The signage

The cute park in the middle

The cute park in the middle – Place des Vosges

The living room.

The living room.

The bedroom

The bedroom

We started to walk on Rue Saint Antoinne towards the Metro Bastille.  I started to see a ride in the distance and got really curious.  As we neared it, we realized it was a mini carnival at Bastille.  Of course, I wanted to check it out.

A b.b. gun game.

A b.b. gun game.

For my niece - a big dolly game

For my niece – a big dolly game

we spent quite awhile watching these kids go zorbing.  pretty cool little hamsters...

we spent quite awhile watching these kids go zorbing. pretty cool little hamsters…

At this point, when watching these kids in the inflatable balls, I realize that Jay was quietly standing around – he looked bored, so I suggested we could go and explore some more.  However, he said he wasn’t feeling so well.  Uh oh, we decided to head back to the apartment.  That night he came down with a high fever.  Oh great, looks like we were spending our last day in Paris hanging around the apartment!  Fortunately, we had done everything we wanted to do and everything else was just bonus.  Mission accomplished…

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