Mary, Susan, Sonia – “Esplanade des Invalides”

Thursday 26 June – 7:00 AM, Saturday 28 June – 7:33 AM – Mary, Susan and Sonia from Denver (USA) chose to discover Paris while running with Paris Running Tour.

We ran two mornings mainly on the left bank of the Seine.
Left bankBank of Paris particularly appreciated by intellectuals and artists, especially in the 1920s, 30 and 50 …
Many American writers have lived and wrote there (remember the Woody Allen film “Midnigth in Paris” where the hero played by Owen Wilson returns to the past to find Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and many others). 

Many places still bear witness to their presence, as this plate reveals that Edith Wharton lived in this building of the rue de Varenne:

Susan, Mary and Sonia – “53 rue de Varenne”

Edith Wharton was the first writer from the United States to come to live in France as indicated. “My years of Paris life were spent entirely in the rue de Varenne – rich years, crowded and happy years” as she wrote.

A little further, continuing our run street of Varenne, it is a French artist that we will meet this time, Auguste Rodin:

Susan, Mary, Sonia – Rodin Museum (garden and building)

From the street, behind glasses, we found the statue of the Burghers of Calais in the garden of the Rodin Museum. Find the history of “Les Bourgeois de Calais” in this article.

Continue our route around the Invalides…

Susan, Sonia, Mary – “Hôtel des Invalides” and Eiffel tower in the backgroung

…to reach the right bank and enjoy a beautiful view of the “Musée d’Orsay” and the “Hôtel de Salm”, the “Palais de la Légion d’Honneur“:

Susan, Mary and Sonia – Orsay Museum and Palace of the Legion of Honor

On Saturday, after a run at the foot of the Seine bridges:

Susan and Mary – “Petit Pont” and further, the “Pont Saint-Michel” (Pont=Bridge)

… we went to see one of the places where Ernest Hemingway lived in Paris:

Susan and Mary – “74 rue du Cardinal Lemoine”

Read what he wrote in his book “A Moveable Feast“:
… “this is how Paris was in the early days when we were very poor and very happy.”
A green door for Edith Wharton and a blue door for Ernest Hemingway… ; )
Just around the corner is the pretty little “Place de la Contrescarpe” Hemingway loved:

Susan and Mary – “Place de la Contrescarpe”

On the way back, we stopped in front of the marble standard meter of the “rue de Vaugirard”:

Mary and Susan – Street of Vaugirard

Merci Mary ! Merci Susan ! Merci Sonia !

The routes of the tours:

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