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Date: 3rd May 2016

Well we set out to go to the Musee de Cluny - but it was Fermé. I do wish the French would standardise their closing days!

However it was a lovely day for walking around Paris and we ended up at the Conciergerie which I'd never bothered with previously because from the outside it doesn't look too inviting. It was actually a very interesting building but for me the most poignant part was that it housed the prisoners during the French Revolution. They have a replica of the room in which Marie Antoinette spent the last few days of her life and another room with all the names of the almost 3000 people, rich and poor who were guillotined during that dreadful period 'The Reign of Terror'. I

looked up the name of Petit which was the maiden name of my grandmother- three were put to death. Unfortunately as we'd lingered over lunch - as one does on a sunny day in Paris, we had to rush our visit at the end so it is a place for a revisit. Again we were fortunate in that as we walked back to catch the bus, crossing a bridge over the Seine, the bells of Notre Dame began to ring and continued to do so for many minutes - it was magic - but then Paris in Springtime simply is .....Magic.

A trifle less magic is the room in which Marie Antoinette was held before her execution.


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