They got up late but accomplished things. They wandered around Montmartre, seeing all kins of things being sold on the street. Had to ask a gendarme where the Church of the Sacred Heart of Montmartre was. The gendarme was much amused.
She had a good lunch of cold chicken and brioche with chocolate sauce at a pleasant restaurant restaurant – Albert C .
Walked up about 270 steps to the church. People chanting, candles all around, some confessing. Strange shape. Many chapels. Beautiful blue window, terrible red window.
They came back to their hotel after buying precious dogs.
She slept for a couple of hours then had a nice dinner of melon, veal, artichoke, and peach tart at the Miramar.
On their tour yesterday they just drove past the Louvre. But today on their own they went in – I trust that the line was not as long as pictured in yesterday’s Google image. The numbers of visitors in 1934 were fewer than in more recent years.
They saw pictures by Rubens, Van Dyck, Hals-Portraits, Murillo, Michael Angelo, The ngelus, The Reader, The Spring, Dance of the Nymphs, Mon Lisa. In sculpture, The Victory of Samothrace, Venus de Milo, Diana, the Lizard Killer.
They shopped in the Louvre Department Store and then went back to their hotel to drop off their purchases. (In a future blog I’ll list all the gifts my mother purchased during this trip.)
They had tea at the Miramar and then went on to American Express, then had fun shopping at Aux Trois Quartiers.
They walked up Faubourg St Honore, then across toward the Seine, then walked and walked until they got to the Eiffel Tower just as it closed. They were crushed. Had an Eskimo Pie to cheer themselves on. They walked up toward the Trocadero and across to the Champs Elysees. Had a grand dinner of melon, jellied lobster, ice cream at Marignan, a new cafe. They felt entirely silly so laughed almost all the way home.
Lute Player Frans Hals Venus de Milo
Stairway – Miramar Hotel Paris
Place de la République (old Postcard)
Slept until twelve. Had breakfast then went to american Express. Shopped in Galeries Lafayette but didn’t see much. Aux Trois Quartiers much better. Went to the Folies Bergeres – as good as she was expecting. Ate ice cream.
After breakfast they went to American Express and joined the tour bus (full) to Versailles. Visited Malmaison, the Palace, Petit Trianon, Temple D’Amour.. Returned to Paris through St Cloud. Detailed listing of the things they saw. Napoleon and Marie Antoinette = many portraits and statues. (It sounds as if they really enjoyed it all.)
Chateau de Malmaison
They had a cabin for the overnight crossing to Le Havre. They were met by a man from American Express who guided them smoothly through customs and onto the train to Paris. She writes that her initial impression was that the countryside looked more like home. They were met at the station in Paris (presumably he took them to their hotel). They were staying at the Regina on the Rue de Rivoli.
They watched the parade of the Garde Republican, Infantry and Cavalry.
Hotel Regina at the beginning of the 20th century