Sunday, November 27, 2011
Back home from Paris. We put away our lofty Riedel glassware, bought rustic (and much cheaper) cups/decanter, Camembert cheese and a bottle of Cabernet Franc from the Loire.... et voila!... Parisian cafes are a welcome eternal recurrence!
Saturday, November 26, 2011
The Louvre! What can I say... center of the universe? If survival is about the fittest, the Louvre is about the finest!
Versailles... such extravagance sorrounded by such misery; no wonder they were decapitated!
Us in Paris: cheese, bread and wine...just happy to exist!
Notre Dame: the church certainly didn't keep its vows of poverty!
Les Champs Elysees (the Elysian fields): a rightful name/place to honor our departed war heroes.
The bullet train to Champagne was (as the name implies) fast, convenient and inexpensive (compared to taking a bus tour). It was an experience in itself!
Champagne, champagne, champagne...miles of it! Of note, a bottle of Veuve Clicquot in Reims (where it is produced) is 35 Euros; the same bottle at Costco...$35! Taste it there, buy it here!
Notre Dame Cathedral of Reims: for centuries, kings were coronated here and champagne flowed freely to celebrate; good marketing ploy....kudos!
Venus de Milo at the Louvre...sublime!
Practice your French before you go: I ordered "un Merlot" and got "un verre de l'eau!"
Winged Victory of Samothrace: Nike irradiates victory!
Versailles...once again, no wonder the guillotine!
Smart cars...smart drivers!