Saturday 31st October 2009
A quiet morning spent over coffee and bread (brioche of course) followed by a trip on the metro to the Army Museum and Tomb of Napoleon. Metro trips provide adequate entertainment – the trick is to spot the accordion/saxophone/harmonica player and avoid that carriage like the plague. When it gets busy, the challenge can also be getting off at your station prior to the doors closing (preferably whilst retaining all your limbs).
The Army Museum is large and offers an extensive series of exhibitions but especially good coverage of (body) armour, swords and early firearms. They have a relatively comprehensive section dedicated to each world war and the view from France.
Adjacent to the Museum is the very impressive Tomb of Napoleon – a large structure with sculptures, painted dome ceilings and everything one would expect for an significant historical leader.
Four hours of touring these two sites left little time to continue on to the Mitterand Library, so we’ll leave that for another day. A late afternoon lunch of (French) onion soup and a selection of meats completed a very satisfying day.