We began our day with a visit to the Musée Fragonard. I like specific, narrow views of history. Books like Salt and Candy Freak, museums like Choco-Story and the Fragonard, which examines the history of fragrance.

First, we learned, perfume was about communicating with gods. Then it was medicinal, and then at last it was for pleasure. The details about these matters were fascinating, and I may come back and share them sometime.

However, we followed up this enthralling tour with a Café Cool, the La Table VII version of Café Gourmand. Fresh fruit, including a tiny persimmon, and yogurt with framboises and mint. Oh, and pastry.

Onward to the Jardin des Plantes!

I was surprised by the number of unfamiliar plants.

Familiar or unfamiliar, the gardens were lovely.

The Alpine Garden, accessible via a tunnel underground, was probably my favorite.

There were flowers, vegetables, trees, fruits, parterre, natural designs, and much more.

There was a zoo as well, but we skipped that in favor of the the Great Hall of Evolution, which was hot stuff.

Upon leaving the Jardin we found that we were too late for lunch, so we returned to the hotel and had a Kind bar. Then we met a couple of other WordPressers for dinner in Montmartre.


This involved climbing literally hundreds of steps, but dinner was very good and the people were quite nice.

We got back to the hotel around 10:00 p.m., and it was still light. We then were trapped in an elevator. Fortunately, a big, strong guy came by and rescued us by helping us to pry open the door.

A good day.