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Michael went for a run this morning — all the way to the Eiffel Tower — while I got breakfast ready like a good host.  Then we went out to the Musée Carnavalet (closed for renovations until the end of 2019), a free museum of the history of France that I had never seen in all my time here.  It proved to be a lovely mish-mash of artifacts and art, that I really enjoyed.  Here’s a glimpse, and there are more photos in Paris-13.

Pont Neuf seen from Place Dauphine on l’Ile de la Cité, about 1665. (Musée Carnavalet)

We then wandered on through the Marais to Place des Vosges, where we had a picnic lunch.

Michael at Place des Vosges.

Then we walked to the Musée d’Orsay, but since the line was too long we crossed the river and visited the Louvre instead.  Even though it was my third time there this trip I still found lots of new things to see and enjoyed myself thoroughly.  For the first time in thirty-some years I saw the Mona Lisa!

The Mona Lisa!

Seriously, though, the museum is magnificent and there are highlights in Paris-Louvre.

We then had dinner at Ave Maria near Oberkampf with an old friend of Michael’s (Daniel), and his friend’s sister and boyfriend (Ric).  We had a great meal, then repaired to a local bar for a few more after-dinner drinks.  Michael and I got home on one of the last métro trains of the night and we’re expecting to sleep very well.