Rainy start with a sunny ending
10.06.2014 - 10.06.2014
More rain, actually a nasty rain storm overnight with lots of lightning again. Dreary, rainy day until late afternoon, then the skies cleared and it was a pleasant end to the day. Great lunch and beautiful concert to finish off the trip.
Trying to get to sleep with the sky lighting up frequently was a challenge. Add in some big booming thunder and sleeping came at a premium. Upon waking up in the morning, the rain was still pouring down and the skies were a dark grey. Today was not going to be a good day to walk around.
We went down for breakfast and watched people trying to keep dry with their umbrellas, but they were not winning the battle. We ended up sitting in the hotel lounge for a while just relaxing and reading and deciding where our last lunch would be. There were two criteria - good food and nearby.
We chose a small place along the Luxembourg Gardens called "Le Petite Medicis". We were able to make a reservation using La Fourchatte for 1:00pm and would probably only get a little wet getting there. When we arrived, we were a little early and the only ones there. Right after we arrived, the skies opened up once again. People were arriving soaked to the skin, except for the lady in the Michelin Man outfit with the clear plastic poncho. Everyone got a little chuckle as she peeled off her plastic wrapper - but she was dry.
The food was excellent, especially considering the size of the place. We both started with a fresh mozzarella salad that was one of the best we've ever had. The cheese was so fresh we were listening for the thunder of hoofs - it was buffalo milk mozzarella. The rest of our meal was equally good, but the cheese stood out. The prices were very reasonable and the service was outstanding. Our waitress willfully put up with our French despite being able to speak fluent English. Instead, she helped us through a couple items we weren't sure of and was very complimentary.
When lunch was finished, we made the dash back to the hotel in the rain. Ended up in the room - one of us napping and one of us playing games until it was time to get ready to go out. For our last evening, we have tickets to a concert at Sainte-Chapelle. The performance is 300 year old music in an 800 year old chapel. Vivaldi's Four Seasons was the main piece, with Pachelbel's Canon and Albinini rounding out the performance.
The concert was excellent. The performers were very good and really put their souls into the music. Afterwards, they explained the way the instruments are used to convey the various aspects of the music. Very interesting to hear as it makes the piece even more special to listen to.
The weather had turned much more pleasant by the time we were ready to leave, so we took a nice walk home. The air felt fresh and clean, I guess all that rain scrubbed the clouds. Had one last chance to pass by some nice sights on our way back.
Now all that was left was to pack up and cross our fingers. Tomorrow will be interesting as there is both a Taxi and Train strike going on. We have a private car reserved to take us to the airport, but if the taxis block the road, that won't be of much help.