I took a trip to the west side of Paris for a little culture and market shopping. My morning began at the Marmottan Monet Museum. I hopped on the metro to La Muette and walked through a refreshing park to reach the museum. The Marmottan houses several Monets along with other impressionists’ work and a variety of art. The former townhouse is a remarkable setting for the bequeathed paintings. If you can’t get enough of Monet’s water lilies, then you will love this place. If you are short on time, I recommend the D’Orsay and Orangerie before visiting this museum. I enjoyed the Monet’s and other Impressionists’ work more in those locations. (Sorry, no pictures inside, so I can’t share the artwork with you).
After seeing the beautiful color and light of the impressionist style, I was ready to get outside and see some of my own. I took a walk from the museum up to the Trocodero. One of my favorite moments in Paris happens when you turn a corner and all of a sudden the Eiffel Tower is peaking through. Sometimes you turn a corner and it screams at you because you are a lot closer than you realized. I walked down through the Champ de Mars past the Ecole de Militaire to a market called Saxe-Breteuil.
The open air market has a variety of products, but I went to stock up on my produce. After taking the cooking class last night, I am ready to do some cooking at home. A lovely French woman helped me select the freshest foods. She did not speak English, so we mumbled our way through figuring out what I wanted. I was going to get peaches, but she said the nectarines were much sweeter. She helped me select the perfect tomatoes and “bella” lettuce. I grabbed some cherries that I will candy and put on ice cream, goat cheese, or maybe some pork… I feel so adventurous!
At this point I was getting pretty hungry, so I walked up to Rue Cler for lunch. This may be one of the best places to eat lunch simply for the abundance of people-watching opportunities. It was finally time I ordered a croque monsieur, so I did. I opted to save a little money and have my cafe and dessert at home. What a beautiful day to get out and wander.