Shearwin's in Europe 2018 travel blog

Sound and light show

Dining Place des Vosges

Uniglo Marais


It rained this morning and required a jumper for the first hour.

Breakfast menu modified to include a croissant and un pain raisin.

We departed with umbrellas for the 11 th Arrondissement to view the 1030 hrs session of the Atelier des Lumieres. This is a sound and light presentation of various works of art with the Klimt paintings as the central theme. The presentation lasted an hour and because it was continuous the audience were leaving as they liked; we were there for just over 90 minutes. It was a spectacular presentation to say the least with its large array of cameras creating a multi dimensional display supported by brilliant well coordinated music. A must see for those who like art and technology.

The rain had abetted as we walked back the 1.8km to the Marais. At the time we had not put thought to the 2015 Paris massacre which was in the general area of Place Leon Blum and Le Bataclan Theatre. We will make a point of visiting before we leave; a sad experience for those involved.

We were back at the apartment by 1300hrs with Campote de Lapin en Gelee and a Mille crepe au saumon that we acquired from the Charcutier Traiteur, Au Sanglier on Rue Saint Antoine; the scource of prepared meals we have been searching for since we arrived and only 400 metres away.

The pace of the morning had caught up with us; not helped by the wine for lunch and several hours were spent sleeping.

At 1700hrs much refreshed we visited the large and impressive Uniglo store around the corner in Rue des Francis Bourgeois where I purchased a pair of jeans and socks. Sometime was spent at the store as the fitting rooms are in constant use by people trying on five or six different garments; I had one wanting only to check for size. Observing the customers of all ages and gender group was very interesting; fashion is obviously a big business here.

After returning to the apartment where Kaye temporarily adjusted the hem of the trousers, we walked to Les Place des Vosges where we had dinner at Carette’s. Kaye had the French onion soup while I had the duck. The wine was selected from our fond memories of visiting the wine area of Saint Emilion.

To walk off dinner and to see more of Paris by night we walked the northern bank of the Seine from Pont Sully to the area of the Hotel de Ville over looking both the smaller Ile Saint Louis and the larger Ile de la Cite. Like every other dining spot we were to come across, they were filled generally with groups of young people all enjoying the evening and themselves.

Our return leg after the ice cream was along Rue De la Verrerie, paralleling the Rue de Rivoli. As previously experienced all restaurants were filled and buzzing in an eating and drinking manner as opposed to the heavier drinking manner we are used to; all very civilised!

We were back by 2200hrs but were up until late with Kaye reading into the morning.



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