Tuesday, February 1, 2011

La Vie En Rose: New Year in Europe

Saturday, January 1, 2011 – Paris, France We spent our final day in Paris and our first day of the New Year out and about. We woke up early to get to the Musée Quai Branly early. The museum features art from Africa, Oceania, Asia, and the Americas, and has a really interesting set-up, where you walk from section to section. There’s a good amount of context provided, through a variety of display methods, including labels and video stations, and there’s some contemporary art, as well as more historical pieces, for a more complete history of the cultures. In particular, I liked some of the contemporary Australian pieces and Greenlandic dolls, but overall, each section was great, including the gardens, which featured a search for the Yeti through a display of Himalayan prayer flags.
After the museum, we walked over to the Eiffel Tower and took some photos in the fog. It’s a beautiful place, and the top has a great view, but we’ve already been, so we headed over to get some lunch. Since it was New Year’s Day, most places were closed, but we discovered a wonderful little gem in Gusto Italia. It’s a tiny Italian place with great service, and good portions for a reasonable price. Roger ordered a calzone, which came filled with thin slices of ham, mozzarella, and egg, and I had a large and filling pizza. As a little appetizer, the waiter brought out some delicious marinated vegetables and fresh bread, as well. If you’re looking for a good place to eat near the Eiffel Tower, I would definitely recommend it.
We then headed over Gare de Lyon to buy our tickets for Tournus the next day. They’re undergoing some construction, and it was incredibly difficult to find the ticket booth. Once we finally did (by leaving the building to come back in downstairs), there was a very long line, populated by crazy people (one of whom started asking the ticket-seller what her beliefs were, and what her favorite type of hot drink is). We were just happy to survive the experience and get our tickets, and went shopping briefly for some souvenirs on Rue de Rivoli before heading back to the room early to pack and get some sleep before waking up early the next morning.
Next Up: We head to Tournus to see James and Emily!

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