As I begin this post, it is late afternoon on Sunday. This evening we will conclude our visit with dinner at Pramil, a fine restaurant close to our hotel. The menu looks very interesting!
The weekend got off to a wonderful start with breakfast at Cafe Trocadero (pictured), overlooking the Eiffel Tower. The meal was all delicious, including some Dijon mustard that was quite superior to what is generally available in Australia.
Next, we crossed the street and went looking for the entrance to Cimitiere du Passy. The weather was showery but not unpleasant; just as well, as we took an unscheduled but interesting tour of the neighbourhood before finding our way into the cemetery. Passy is the last resting place of wealthy and locally-famous citizens, dating back to the first half of the 19th Century, with hundreds of elaborate or expensive sepulchres. We also saw many instances of tragedy in the graves of persons who died in the 15-25 age range. All in all, an education. (We have visited two better-known, celebrity-packed cemeteries on previous visits.)
Other highlights of our weekend included: an exhibition of C20 fashion photographs at Musee Galliera; shopping for perfume at Fragonard; local dining & wining in the Marais district; an audio-assisted visit to the stunning Saint Chappelle; a guide-book assisted exploration of the area around the Pompidou Centre; and the fine gardens of the National Archives complex.
Here are photos of the modern fountain in Place Igor Stravinsky, adjacent to the Pompidou Centre; perfumes at Fragonard; a rainbow over our hotel; fresh asparagus at the Avenue President Wilson street market; and the glorious stained glass of Saint Chappelle.