Where to start? That was L’s first thought the morning of the Adventurers first full day in Paris. Then there was the quick realization that they were there way too short of time to even scratch the surface of all of her many favorite places.
From their hotel in the Marais, they head first toward Bastille, pausing to look at the spot where the revolution began before heading up to Promenade des Plantes, with its sprint time flowers in bloom.
Next up a walk toward the Seine and Notre Dame. They’d been warned that the lines were two hours long but the made it inside in less than 15 minutes. It’s hard to get a sense of the sacred amidst the hordes of tourist.
They got a better sense of sacred space – and music – when they went to a concert at the American Church, where daughter Holly has been worshipping. This is what they heard as described by Wikipedia: “The Symphony No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 52, commonly known as Lobgesang (Hymn of Praise), was composed by Felix Mendelssohn in 1840, along with the less-known Festgesang “Gutenberg Cantata”, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the invention of printing.
“The composer’s description of the work was ‘A Symphony-Cantata on Words of the Holy Bible, for Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra’. It requires two sopranos and a tenor as soloists, along with a chorus and orchestra. It lasts almost twice as long as any of Mendelssohn’s other four symphonies.”
The went to dinner afterwards at Restaurant Jean-Francois Piege, where D had the most surprising dessert – churros. Even more surprising, they were the best he had ever had…