Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Recovery Saturday

My sister and her family arrived back in Paris Friday night after driving all day from Biarritz.

We ate a late dinner -- late, as in 11p late -- at Les Deux Magots, the famous cafe I referred to in an earlier post ("Would you eat at the two maggots?"). While the kitchen menu changes at 11p, you can still order food until they close at 1a.

We sat under the awning outside and watched the traffic and people along Rue St Germain in the area of Paris referred to as Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

If you think food is expensive in normal cafes in Paris (and it is!), Les Deux Magots takes it up another notch. A pint of beer, for example, will set you back about $15. Still a great way to spend a last night in Paris together.

If I were to return to Paris for an extended period again, I would choose this part of Paris... the upper 6th arrondissement between Luxembourg Gardens and the River Seine.

Linda and Joe and kids left out the next morning (barely catching their flight after getting stuck in traffic returning their rental car to the airport) and Amanda and I had a chance to recover after a week at the beach and hosting visitors, as much fun as it was, until Brittain and Brandon arrive Monday morning for their two weeks.

We ate lunch at The Moose, my new favorite pub and Amanda spent the afteroon at the Musée Marmottan Monet, an impressionist museum on the west side of Paris featuring Claude Monet while I took the time to catch up on some work back at the apartment. That night we ate in and I followed the FSU-USF football game as best I could on the internet since I couldn't find the broadcast anywhere. Just as well, since we lost.

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