A mini blog about Ile de Ré. I’ll mostly let the photos speak for themselves because the island was so picturesque and LOVELY! I had a hard time editing the photos down to just a few. All the things that are said about the island’s quaint charm are true. We passed through the villages of La Flotte, St. Martin, and La Noue – all special and adorable. Among the many highlights of the trip: eating oysters, riding bikes through the villages, and viewing the superb firework show for La Nuit Américaine, which was a tribute to both the American ArmyliberatingFrance70 years ago andNicolasMartiau, who is an ancestor of George Washington. The strong American-French connection was shining through.
I only wish I had more than a weekend. If you have a chance – go, and take me with you!
Ah, August, the quiet month. Seems like each time I make a plan to do something, I am greeted by the “fermé” sign. So, in need of a little inspiration, I turned to an old favorite: the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine. I know that Paris is full of museums, and each seems to be better than the last, but if you need a quick architectural tour through the ages, from Gothic to present, this is the place. As much as I would like to tour the country and visit every possible site, I know this isn’t practical, so Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine is the quick fix. I first went there on a free Sunday because I was specifically interested in a temporary exhibit of paper designs (which was great). I didn’t realize I was in store for such a history lesson. The museum has real pieces of architecture and models that make you feel like you are touring the country. Another plus, on the free Sunday I visited, no line and no throngs of people at every display.
In addition to the exhibits, the museum gets bonus points for having great views of the Eiffel Tower. Today we went there to have a cup of coffee and some sweets at the museum cafe. Their canelé did not disappoint. Fortified by the caffeine and sugar, my husband was interested in seeing the “Architecture in Uniform: Designing and Building for the Second World War.” It was a very well designed exhibit that elicited several “Fascinating!” comments from my other half.
Also of note, the first time I went there, I strolled into their library (of course it was closed today) and it seemed a perfect sunny spot to peruse some architecture books. If you plan to use the library, bring and I.D.