We wanted to take the #63 bus to the Cluny Museum ("X" on the map). How hard could it be? We already had a paper bus map thanks to a friend from French class. The monument at the far left in the map is Invalides so we walked down Rue Varenne looking for Rue de Bac but had such a hard time finding the bus stop that, in frustration, we had breakfast in a cafe with mind-boggling mirrors that made the street traffic seem to disappear.
These little thumbnails give you an idea of the beauty of the stained glass at the Cluny Museum (more images below), but the unicorn tapestries are even better. Best of all, for me, were the illuminated books where they actually let you turn the pages! So cool. Officially known as the Musée National du Moyen Âge (National Museum of the Middle Ages), it displays rooms of jewels and religious items from that period and the original heads that were knocked off the statues on Notre Dame.The building dates to the 15th century when it was the mansion of the Cluny Abbots and Latin was the spoken language of the scholars and clergy who lived in this education section (Latin Quarter) of Paris. Using the map from the SRJC class "Why We Love Paris," we saw the main buildings of the Sorbonne and the fabulous Luxembourg Gardens and Palace (16 second video below), all new to me and much larger than I expected.
We didn't understand that the palace was the residence of the President of the Senate (like our Vice President) so I bought two tickets to an art show on Cima before I realized that I wasn't going to get to see the inside of the palace. I got in trouble for taking this photo even though I didn't use a flash. I got in trouble at the Cluny, too, but it was for using a flash on the unicorn tapestry.
I lost the bus map and we had a hard time finding the right bus stop to get back home because we were tired and hungry, but we discovered that the 47 bus got us closer to where we were going, Colley's pub, for some restorative Guinness. We had dinner next door at the Italian restaurant. Bad wine but good pasta. My pasta was with "fish eggs" which probably should have been translated as "caviar." After a nap, we made another try for the boat ride. Skipped the ticket machines so we could get the Paris Visite discount. The sun set and the Eiffel Tower lit up as we waited in line for the boat. Specatcular light show. Beautiful night. Notre Dame in nighttime illumination looked great. Afterwards, we walked to the Trocadero at about midnight, listened to the free music and watched the full moon rise. Walked home feeling very connected to the universe.