Monday, June 6, 2011

What else? Fabulous food!

The past weekend and Monday have just continued the non-stop eating binge that I have been on since arriving in Paris. The idea of eating my way through Paris but also shopping do not quite go hand in hand. But, that is something to worry about when I get back to the states. The past two days I again tried new things, and am not craving second helpings. On Sunday, we started off by visiting the Musee d'Orsay, an art museum in Paris dedication to the impressionist art movement. It is filled with the works of Van Gogh and Monet, and they are having a Manet show at the moment, but unfortunately we did not explore that section of the museum. The moment I saw the first Van Gogh, I got goosebumps all over my body. Seeing the 100 year old painting called Fritillaries in a Copper Vase was something that I didn't shock me that much, but knowing the history of the artist and his story gave me chills. There were large amounts of sculptures by Rodin, famous for "The Thinker" and "The Gates of Hell". Some of the works of artists that are buried in the graveyard we visited earlier this week were also there, including Carpeaux and Delacroix. For all you non-art-ys, I headed over to the Jewish/Gay district of Paris, the 4th Arrondissement (district in francais), with Abby for some window shopping and to get food. Well, I ended up ordering a pecan/cherry tart at one of the bakeries, 2 little cake cookies dipped in chocolate and with a jelly in between while Abby visited the famous L'as du Fallafel for their namesake. After some wandering, window shopping, listening to street music, and creating a clothing wish list, I gave in and ordered one of the mondo falafels. It was a great decision, filled with tomatoes, cabbage, cucumber slivers, falafel balls, and a creamy and spicy sauce to top it off, wrapped in a pita-like bread. Perfection! If you ever visit the area, this is the place to go. It is well worth waiting in the line you see going down the block, and it really doesn't take as long as it seems since they take your order as you wait in line. Today, there was another famous shop all of the girls wanted to try, called Laduree. It is known for being featured in Sex and the City. Carrie is in France, drinking tea in their sit-down area. But they are probably best known for their macaroons. We all tried a mini one, mine being caramel flavored, and they were one of the best things I have tried in Paris thus far. Nicole and I also split their fruity flavored herbal tea, and then we all tried one of their pastries. Mine was the Elysees, and it was chocolate mania! Mousse, cake, whipping, you name it. If it was chocolate, it was in that treat. It was a successful day visiting some of the lesser known parts of Paris, and it was unanimous that both of those areas and restaurants will be visited again. Well, back to working on my class presentation that I am giving tomorrow. Wish me luck, I am ready to be done with this. Exploring Paris is so much more of a priority than class. Side note: learning how to bake Macaroons is happening.

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