Then came some unplanned fun. We'd seen bus posters with an achingly beautiful Jaguar XKD race car from the 1950's, touting an Automobile Art display of Ralph Lauren's amazing collection of ultra-restored exotic cars, somewhere in town. All I could remember was "107 Rue des Rivoli". SO, we pulled out Lynn's trusty map and set out walking...turns out that address is part of the museum and exhibition complex attached to the Louvre art museum! We found it after quite a bit of asking around...no one else in Paris is interested in a race car exhibition apparently.
When we finally found the place, it was as fantastic as either of us could have imagined. No photos were allowed, so I just bought a couple of postcards and photo'd them...no comparison. These were "touchstone" cars to me, ones that were the most beautiful and purposeful cars ever seen during the era when aerodynamics started to be understood and included in the designs. The 1930's Blower Bentley looked like a huge powerful British barn door next to the Bugatti aero coupe of similar vintage. Several of my favorite Ferraris of all time were included: 250 SWB, 250 GTO, 250 LMand a 1950's 375 Plus. YOW! More stuff than I can relate here, and interesting only to a few of us, so ask me later. It was the most fantastic surprise of our visit so far, for me!
Suppertime we headed out to stroll the Champs Elysses, like all good visitors do. What a drag, WAY too many people to be happy. We should've been alerted when we rode the Metro to the Champs and had to cram in with a million other riders like sardines for a couple of stops! So we veered off to explore some side streets and hunted down a nice restaurant. The waitress was learning English and traded French and English tips with us while we ordered and ate. Wonderful night, just following our noses. We've loved all our years of travelling with students, but being here with no schedule, and no one to be responsible for except ourselves, is just a delight. Time to sleep, something new tomorrow I bet.
PIC captions: Lynn at Hotel de Sens courtyard.
Louis XIII Park, Place des Voges, Marais District.
Postcard of the exhibition ad that hooked me on the side of a bus!
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