We met up with the rest of the people from the walking tour at Saint Michel’s Plaza. where we baked in the sun while the guides got everyone organized.
We checked out Notre Damme from a distance but our guide told us to skip paying and waiting to go to the top. The church was almost destroyed but after Victor Hugo’s book, The Hunchback of Notre Damme, The people of Paris fell in love again with the church and the began repairs on the dilapidated building.
The guide was telling us about Henry the 4th, Frances most beloved king. Supposedly he was a pretty big party animal; when he opened the big stone bridge, Pont Neuf, he threw a huge costume party, then once all the guests were trashed he invited his royal artist to draw portraits of all of the guests. Based on these drawings they later sculpted the faces of each guest and placed the sculptures along the sides of the bridge.
There were many other parks and plazas that ultimately led us to getting lunch and then to check out the Musee d’Orsay. The museum, inside of the converted train station created for the first world’s fair, has tons of Stuff but it is most known for its collection of mpressionist art, stuff by, Cezanne, Seurat, Van Gogh, Gauguin. Although I didn’t get to see Le Grande Jette there were some smaller paintings or studies made for that painting.