Friday, October 28, 2011

Le jour d'après

Our dinner was fantastic. The setting was nice and the restaurant didn't have a "tourist" feel to it. I know that a lot of tourists go there (me, for example), and we were seated next to a table of Germans (I think), but there were plenty of French people around and it was nice. I've been out to eat in Paris on many occasions when I was seated in a sea of fellow American tourists. You might as well eat at Red Lobster.

The campus at Jussieu has been recently renovated. I've always really liked the place and it looks fresh and new again.

Mark and Julie enjoyed the menu as much as I did. They are adventurous eaters and they enjoy wine. My kind of people. We had two wines from the Loire Valley region (bien sûr) and they were good.

The next day we made plans to meet up and go to the modern art museum at the Pompidou Center. I checked out of my hotel and wandered around for a while before meeting them. I walked by the 1960s University of Pierre and Marie Curie campus at Jussieu, next to my hotel, before finding a place to have a cup of coffee.

3 comments:

  1. When I would visit Paris with Fred, I tried my best to blend in and at least "look" French.
    I recall sitting in a restaurant beside a young American couple who looked like they just got married. The wife was prim and proper and look just like a good little American Protestant girl with her sweater and silver cross. She was completely annoyed with the "Frenchness" of the place. I made sure that I wasn't associated with her.
    m.
    Love that photo!

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  2. One very cold winter day, we wandered onto the campus at Jussieu by accident.

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  3. mark, it's inevitable in a city filled with tourists. But still, it's nice to be somewhere that still has that "foreign" feel. There are so many places that cater to English-speaking clients and sometimes it can feel like your eating at a French restaurant in EPCOT/Disney.

    starman, finding places by accident can be fun!

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