Thursday, May 27, 2010

France, Part 2: Paris

I came back from Paris and my job ate my life. But let's not dwell on that.

I don't have a lot to say about Paris. It's all been said before. It's not a place that makes you feel like you're breaking new ground. Still... worth visiting! If only for the OTT statues.

It was quite cold while we were there. And it rained.

But not every day.

Also, consider yourself warned — on May 1st the whole city shuts down. The shops, the Louvre, everything!

And they don't let you take photos in the Musee D'Orsay anymore. What's up with that? I snapped this one stealthily from out of my purse.

They let you take pictures in the restaurant though. What's more amazing, that this is the restaurant in a museum — or that this used to be the restaurant in a train station?

French food is bit too meat-heavy for my tastes. But I did find things I like to eat. At La Palette, a historic but not touristy cafe in St. Germain, I had the most amazing cheese plate. Mmmm, cheese.

And of course I drank a ton of tea.

Some other great things I did but didn't photograph: saw a ballet at the Opera Garnier, visited Shakespeare and Company late at night, bought and ate an entire box of chocolates from Jean-Paul Hevin, drank mint tea at the Paris mosque, and window shopped in the Marais.

Up next: Provence

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