Croissants and the d'Orsay
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January 7th, 2012 – by: puttyland
We ate our pastries while walking down towards the Seine...in the dark, because the sun rises later here. We grabbed a coffee on the corner and then checked out the courtyard of the Louvre, and walked through the Tuileries and over to the Musee d'Orsay.
The museum was bigger than I remember, and I missed one of my favorite paintings on the 5th floor...it's a Caillebotte...the one with the floor woodworkers...because we needed a drink before finishing the rest of the museum, and then I got distracted talking to this nice older couple from Connecticut who was sitting next to us (he was a pianist in his younger years, and specialized in stride piano, which I also play so we geeked out about Fats Waller for awhile). I think we missed a whole section of the 5th floor. Oops. But what we saw was lovely. One of my favorite art museums. They had some interesting exhibitions...different juxtapositions of artists and media to hopefully change how we look at the art.
We're still exhausted from walking everywhere all day, so we headed down the street by my other old apartment on rue de Lille.
I ordered the escargots to start, and then had the Sole Meuniere...just like Julia Child (who apparently lived pretty much down the street from this restaurant). Wish I'd known about her book, "My Life in France" when I was living here. I mean, the food certainly blew my mind then, but it's always nice to read an expert account (when she wasn't yet an expert). They didn't take the bones out of the Sole Meuniere tableside (no room in there for that), but it was light and wonderful. Morgan had the terrine, and then the seared scallops. The scallops were super sweet, but they had what he called a "hard sear" - not burnt at all, just a little tougher on the outside than you'd like, although the inside was perfect.
Afterwards, we walked through St. Germain area, and then took the metro back to the hotel for a little nap before heading out again. We walked through our covered gallery (Passage Jouffroy) and through another one, until we got to a little market street. We went into a cheese shop, bought a selection of cheeses, then into the boulangerie and bought some bread, then into another little shop to buy some slices of pate' and rillettes, and a green grocer to get some grapes. We went back to Hotel Chopin and had a little picnic, then went out for a walk.
We passed by the Opera Garnier for a pic, then walked over to the Bateau Mouches (the boat tours of the Seine River)...hopped on the one on the Ile St. Louis and took evening photos of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Notre Dame Cathedral, with its big Christmas tree in the front..
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