Paris Trip 2010 Day Four – The Panthéon

Recovering from my flu, we started the fourth day late in order to rest more. First objective of the day was to go to M.A.C Pro Store at Rue des Saints-Pères.  But first, we had to have lunch.

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Choice of restaurant was Pizza Del Arte at Boulevard St Michel, with the cheapest decent set meal at 9.90 Euros, with a drink inclusive. I had a penne with veges, plus a Heineken.

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While she had a spaghetti with ham and mushroom with a glass of 7-Up.

Started to rain soon (again!) after our lunch. Chilling wind pierced through our jackets as we pushed on to our destination.

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Upon arrival, Jovie was like the proverbial kid in a candy store.

Easing into a comfortable sofa seat near the store’s heater, by the window, I allowed myself to dry up. With the only French magazine available flipped through twice, cover to cover, I could only fiddle with my camera and study the street outside.

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Separated through the window pane, I caught handsome guy discreetly through Live View. After finished smoking, he came into the store as a a makeup artist. Should have known.

As Jovie finished her first adventure of overseas stockpiling, we moved on to the next agenda of the day, the Panthéon.

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Story was, King Louis XV was sick and vowed that if he recovered from the illness, a prestigious church dedicated to  Saint Genevieve will be built. Obviously, he recovered. The design of the new basilica was entrusted to Jacques-Germain Soufflot, who planned in Neo-Classical style. Completed in 1790, the church was then turned into a pantheon, a location for the France’s good and great with the Revolution underway.

As it was our Day Four (with 6 more days to go), we decided to purchase the 6-day Paris Museum Pass at 64 Euros that allowed us free entry for unlimited time to over 60 museums and monuments around Paris. In comparison, an adult entry ticket for the Panthéon costs 8 Euros.

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Polishing the famous Foucault pendulum, named after the French physicist Léon Foucault, which was conceived as an experiment to demonstrate the rotation of the Earth.

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On the Dome of the Panthéon.

It’s getting even colder than it looks as the wind blew mercilessly. The convertible has decided to unfold her rooftop.

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Just because you don't see anything...

The Crypt covers the entire area under Panthéon building. Many French notables rest here. Amongst them – Voltaire,Victor Hugo, Pierre & Marie Curie, Louis Braille, Alexandre Dumas, Louis Pasteur. Their spirits could be roaming around.

We were more or less decided to try Léon de Bruxelles for dinner. Since there was a branch nearby, we took a slow walk there, observing the street, the people, their life and whatnot.

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"Damn, where are my keys?"

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Léon de Bruxelles at Boulevard St-Germain. Famous for mussels. Mussels from Brussel. That explains.

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Pretzels as finger food.

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Finally, the mussels from Brussels.

Cooked with wine, 17.90 Euros with slice of salmon and bread as starter and fries. The mussels are unlike anything we have eaten in Asia. They are super tender and sweet and rich in taste. There were  at least 40-50 mussels in the casserole.

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Baked salmon with rice. 14.70 Euros.

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