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Our accessible honeymoon in the City of Lights (Part 3 of 4)

November 16, 2017

This four-part post describes my recent trip to Paris, France. I have posted this information because I hope other people with MS, or a close connection to MS, will read it, and it will make their MS journey easier.

No trip to Paris would be complete without French cuisine and a trip to the Louvre.

French cuisine

On most mornings in Paris, we enjoyed a relaxed breakfast at our hotel. The restaurant’s menu was extensive and included a variety of fresh-baked, mouthwatering breads and muffins that our friendly waiter reheated before serving.

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TH enjoys lunch at a sidewalk cafe.

On more than one occasion, we enjoyed a light lunch — a sandwich, a glass of wine, and once, a decadent chocolate dessert — at a sidewalk café across the street from our hotel. Even the club sandwiches were delicious! As we ate, we people-watched while tour groups got off busses and walked past our table on their way to the Louvre.

In the evenings, we had dinner at our hotel or nearby restaurants suggested by the concierge. One evening, we went to an upscale French restaurant a few blocks from the hotel. As usual, Charles walked, while I took my scooter.

The sidewalks were narrow, and we had to backtrack once to a find a curb cut, but we managed to find the restaurant. I ordered chicken and TH (traveling husband) ordered lamb – and both were flavorful. But the highlight of the meal was the best Caesar salad either of us had tasted, made with small, crunchy leaves of Romaine and delectable dressing.

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Venus de Milo by Alexandros.

The Louvre

On Saturday, our third day in Paris, we walked across the street from our hotel and toured the Louvre, the most visited museum in the world (7.4-million visitors last year).

We met Oran, our well-informed tour guide, in the courtyard, and she escorted us through an accessible entrance that led to the underground area, which was previously used for storage. She took us through many rooms in the museum, steering us easily to elevators and lifts that connected the museum’s levels.

Among the many artifacts, paintings and sculptures we saw at the Louvre were the “three ladies of the Louvre”: two statues – the Winged Victory of Samothrace and the Venus De Milo — and the famous painting of the Mona Lisa. Because I was on my scooter, I got to see the painting up close, while other tourists viewed it from behind a red velvet rope. I drove my scooter in front of the rope. They say that her eyes follow you, and, as I passed by her, they did just that.

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The Coronation of Napoleon by Jacques-Louis David.

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A 9,000-year-old prehistoric sculpture excavated in Ain Ghazai, Jordan.

We saw famous paintings, crown jewels, ancient artifacts, and Greek and Roman statuary.  But we didn’t realize until our tour ended that the Louvre’s collection doesn’t include the works of France’s famous Impressionist painters or other French artwork completed after the 1848 Revolution.

Although those works of art were originally part of the Louvre’s collection, art dated from 1848 though 1914 — including works by the French Impressionists — was moved to Paris’ newly renovated Orsay Museum in 1986.

The Orsay Museum houses the largest collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces in the world.

I made a mental note to visit the Orsay Museum on our next trip to the French capital. (Yes, we are planning a second trip in a few years!)

 

Next up: TH and I tour the streets of Paris.

 

 

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2 Responses to “Our accessible honeymoon in the City of Lights (Part 3 of 4)”

  1. Bill Keller Says:

    Enjoy reading about your trip. Yep, you must go The to the D’Orsay Museum.

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