I’d pre booked tickets for David Altmejd, at the MUSEE D’ART MODERNE VILLE DE PARIS which had got rave reviews on Time Out as a must see in Paris. He’s a Canadian sculptor who lives and works in New York and produces very obscure but highly detailed sculptures.
This exhibition consisted of giant male sculptors made of items such as bananas and his most impressive was a huge square like glass sculpture.
Within the various sections there are different scenarios such as people sat at tables, a pool of water, scattered limbs and a glass mirrored effect that if you stick your head in you are surrounded by repetition of one male head strategically placed.
It was an interesting exhibition, not sure how much of it you could call art that you would have in your house but the effects created by some of the positioning of mirrors etc was rather spectacular. We then had a mosey around the rest of the gallery making the most of the free exhibitions.
Then began our full tourist walk, as we came outside we were greeted by the Eiffel Tower which despite the gloomy weather still stood tall and impressive.
A quick lunch stop at Bar Du Central in the very trend 7th arrondissement (my second croque monsieur of the trip) then we carried on our merry way.
Next tourist stops were Hotel Des Invalides and it’s impressive courtyard that unfortunately was under refurbishment, across Pont Alexandre III and finishing up at Place de la Concorde.
That evening we’d booked to eat at Chez Janou which is near Republique so we stopped off in the square to see all the masses of tributes for Charlie Hebdo that had been laid out.
Throughout the weekend we had seen ‘Je Suis Charlie’ scattered on walls, roads, galleries etc and it’s really impressive to see how all of France had come together and not let the attacks ruin their everyday lives.
The only noticeable difference was the enhanced presence of police and constant sound of sirens moving through the city especially on the Friday of the second attack.
After some poignant moments we headed for the food which had been well received on Trip Advisor as excellent food and great value for money. My wonderful father / travel agent had managed to get us a table, as with most Parisian restaurants it’s very hard to book tables prior to your arrival!
After deciphering the menu I went for wonderful white bait (huge portion) and Lawrence had the mussels which may have potentially made him a tad ill the next day which is a shame as the rest of the meal was really good.
Being very boring we both went for steak which came with a large potato and sour cream, seemed very German but was an excellent dish. Nothing fancy but incredibly tasty.
Now the pudding is very much worth leaving room for, Lawrence had tarte tatin and I had opted for the chocolate mousse. The waiter then proceeded to present me with my very own HUGE bowl of chocolate mousse. We assumed this then would get refilled and passed onto the next guest but when our french neighbour also ordered this and I passed the bowl along the waiter looked horrified when he arrived with her very own huge pool of mousse!
It was a lovely real French meal and would recommend, although maybe avoid the mussels. On the way home we popped into Moonshiner bar which was recommended by a local and you have to walk through a pizza restaurant to find the incredible cocktails, well worth a visit.