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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Beaune

Wine Central, if you love Burgundy wine, white (chardonnay) or red (pinot noir). We went on a tasting trip through the 'caves' under the city.

Giverny Again

The dahlias, chrysanthemums, and other Autumn flowers were abundant and gorgeous. There is a team of gardeners at work year-round.

Giverny

Claude Monet lived here. Too late in the season for water lilies, but plenty to see, anyway.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Versailles

Several men named Louis, and a lady named Marie Antoinette lived here. It's a tad over the top...

Montmartre

Picasso lived in the room on the top floor of the building in the first photo (the level above the round window). Just across the street is the cabaret called Au Lapin Agile, immortalized not so long ago in a play by Steve Martin - "Picasso at the Lapin Agile."

Monday, October 20, 2014

Sunday's Decadent Luncheon

Sunday luncheon was at Le Jules Verne, which is an Alain Ducasse restaurant with 1 Michelin star, and superbly located on the second platform of the Eiffel Tower. You might be able to see the restaurant's windows just below the orange elevator in the first photo. The view was incredible - you can see the Arc de Triomphe highlighted against the shadows in the second photo.

We neglected to take a picture of the first course (terrine de fois gras, fig sauce, toasted brioche) but did record most of the second through sixth:

2- veloute of watercress with one *perfectly* cooked scallop topped with caviar
3- truffled macaroni and cheese (the fanciest mac'n'cheese in the universe)
4- saddle of lamb with veg and a heavenly sauce
5- basil sorbet with preserved lemon (sorry, no photo!)
6- a tray of macarons and other bite-size treats, plus a chocolate mousse-ish thing with a side of praline ice cream and hazelnuts (which were quickly demolished)

After 3 hours of delightful food, served in a leisurely fashion and accompanied by champagne and pinot noir, we decided that no supper would be required that evening.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Morning Marketing

We had a walking tour in the 5th Arrondisement, mostly in the shopping street called Rue Mouffetard. This is a pedestrian street on which one could feed oneself forever. We saw oysters and other seafood, cheeses (I never saw so many kinds of chevre!), mushrooms, poultry of all sorts (including partridge and rabbits with the fur still on), meats, fresh pasta, and enough designer pastries to satisfy DH (even the non chocolate ones).  And then there were the usual fruit and veg shops... And street musicians... And families having a lovely Sunday out... And cafes overflowing onto the sidewalks...