Cluny Museum and the Marais District – Paris

We were fortunate to visit the Cluny Museum of Medieval Art while in Paris. It is a small museum, but houses a wealth of pieces from that period. It is situated on the site of a previous Roman Frigidarium Bath – a cool place to escape the summer’s heat. The oldest known statues found in Paris are displayed here and date back to the first century A.D. During one of the French Revolutions, the people chopped off the heads of the statues of the Judah Kings that stood in front of Notre Dame. The heads were saved by a faithful Parisian and unearthed in a garden a few years ago. The museum also houses the Lady and the Unicorn tapestries. They are truly beautiful and well preserved. We toured the Marais District which contains many layers of Parisian history.

We had a wonderful dinner together featuring Onion Soup, Escargot and Beef Bourguignon then finished our day with an evening cruise on the Seine. The views of the beautiful buildings at night from the river is truly breathtaking.

Paris – Getting Acquainted

We arrived in Paris and had some time to get acquainted with our neighborhood and viewed the sites from the Eiffel Tower. There are little flower shops, produce markets and patisseries on the street next to lots of cafes with outdoor seating. A simple lunch here is a gastronomical experience with everyone taking pride in the dishes they create. While it has a totally different feel than London, it is truly a magical city.