Once in a while I did look up from my dinner plate and photograph some other scenes of Paris. Here, “experimental cocktails” at the Curio Parlor. On my first real trip to this city (passing through with a backpack at age 20 didn’t count), I found a lovely and welcoming place that I hope to visit again soon (of course, my Québec-born hair stylist will tell me it’s because all the real Parisians were on holiday vacation!).
Walking home late one night
The Colonne de Juillet (or the July column), just outside the Bastille Opera house, commemorates a battle in 1830.
My brother and father are mad for soufflés so that was definitely on the agenda — here, a Comté cheese soufflé at L’Auberge Bressane.
And their Grand Marnier soufflé, on fire.
The glitzy shopping street Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré decked out in holiday lights.
Inside Dries van Noten
Louis Vuitton window display
Part of a painting in our hotel lobby. Sleepy with jetlag, Andrew said he could relate.
Even in winter, the street café life continues. Here, at Le Dôme, a renowned seafood restaurant (though our meal was underwhelming).
Outside the Centre Pompidou, a contemporary art museum
“La Blouse Roumaine,” or the Romanian Blouse, by Henri Matisse (1940)
It’s hard to see in this photograph, but the black roof of City Hall had thousands of little white lights that went off like fireworks until late at night.
Had to get a shot of this, of course
Andrew took this photo of Les Invalides, a complex of museums and monuments related to the French military, including Napoleon’s tomb.
La Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, or the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, has a great view of Paris from high atop the northern end.
Rue Royale, looking toward Place de la Concorde
Across from the Centre Pompidou
French onion soup!
Yes, that’s foie gras (not the bun) on the burger.
Happy New Year, Paris!
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