May 18 2019

Le Chalet

3 Rue Ditte
78470 Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse, France

It is located opposite from the train station – couldn’t be more convenient. We stopped by for coffee before setting off to hike to Madeleine Castle. Their bathroom is a first: lady’s is inside of the boy’s -:)

Perhaps there are a few reviews and photos, one of mine is featured on Yelp.  


May 18 2019


One of the major chains in Paris, not only sells food as a supermarket but also clothing and hardware.

May 18 2019

Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Carrousel du Louvre
Address: 107 Rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris, France

The Napoleon’s throne.

MAD is next to Louvre but smaller and much calmer.

We were lucky: it poured while we were inside, that caused some light flood in the area.


… and the exhibit of Chinoiserie, the Europeans’ imagination, imitation and interpretation of Chinese and Eastern Asian. It is rare to see black porcelain; western paintings with Chinese features.

May 18 2019

Musée d’Orsay

1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur
75007 Paris, France

Grand Central – has always been my impression of museum of d’Orsay. This left bank museum, in fact, was converted from a train terminal, of the same name – Gare d’Orsay. It was built in 1898, in the style of Beaux-Arts.


It exhibits mostly French mid 19th century to early 20th century (1848 to 1914). There is a Lady Liberty but I didn’t see Rodin’s sculpture.

The act out of Degas’ “Little Dancer” is a big bonus – I love this work very much, having seen it first at the Met in New York, and afterward even bought a pair of earrings (now only one left). Her facial expression is endearing. The ballerina in DC; the Smithsonian‘s 2014 post on who actually influenced this work.

May 18 2019

Arches of Paris

Arches, doorways, large and small, Institut de France, Les Invalides, Pont du Carrousel,


May 18 2019

Les Bannières

16 Rue Versailles
78460 Chevreuse, France

This quaint and cute crêperie is a nice rest for us after the hiking up to the Madeleine castle. The service is slow – it seems there is only one cook who looks grandmotherly. I won’t be surprised that they’re a family.

Did I detect a little surprise upon entering? Rest assure Asians, I smiled a lot, behaved and said tons of thank you … ha ha ha -:)

May 18 2019

Hiking to Château de la Madeleine

Maison du parc, Chemin Jean Racine,
78460 Chevreuse, France

Castle Madeleine was built between 1020 and 1090, on the hilltop in the village of Chevreuse. It is , 20 miles (32 km) from Gare de Nord in Paris. The castle isn’t open and there isn’t much to do but to surveying the landscape down below. But the hike from the train station to the castle is enjoyable.

The tickets from Gare du Nord to Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse is €5.20 on RER B line, takes about 50 minutes. This line passes Norte Dame, City University, etc. There are a few attractive towns on the way, such as Palaiseau. Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse is the last stop. We’ve coffee at Le Chalet which is cross the street from the train station.

At the junction of Rue Ditte and D938 which is west of the train station, going north (turn right) is the motor way which we opted to do.  Crossing it and go straight is the hiking train to the castle, which we did on the way down.

The street is narrow. Few shops and homes lined this stretch of the road, near the train station. I saw many groups of children heading toward the trail.

… scenes on the way up

… and the castle

We’ve lunch at Les Bannières and took the hiking trail down.