Favoris de Paris

La Ville des Lumières

The Eiffel Tower is the “Erector Set” of the 1880’s. As children my oldest brother had this brand of metal toy that he played with and would construct a myriad of versatile objects. Gustave Eiffel built this wrought-iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars for the 1889 World’s Fair, and as Parisian’s like to indicate on a regular basis…… it was not meant to be a permanent structure.

We spent seven hours in the Louvre on Saturday after it reopened and my absolute must see upon each visit is the Nike of Samothrace. This 2nd century Hellenistic sculpture has been a favorite of mine since college and has been prominently displayed at the Louvre since 1884.

It has been years since I frequented a tearoom and these tasty desserts are from the Café Richelieu-Angelina in the Louvre. The combination of elegance, charm and refinement are part of a breathtaking setting that over looks the main courtyard with the Pyramid [designed by I. M. Pei]. Angelina’s is famous for l’Africain an insanely rich hot chocolate that is served in a white ceramic pitcher with unsweetened whipped cream and powdered chocolate sprinkled everywhere …. and even you aren’t a chocoholic … this drink will blow your away!!! Next to the l’Africain is the pear and apple tart that if I can ever reproduce at home would be my crowning glory!

Still more to come,

Update from Paris

The latest news from Paris are the strikes over France’s pension reform that are in full effect and have shut the Louvre museum along with public transportation. Several dozen protesters, including some Louvre employees staged a demonstration after an appeal from several unions against President Emmanuel Macron’s changes to the retirement system, which they stated will “lower everyone’s pensions”. 

The Louvre was our first destination scheduled for Friday morning with timed tickets. We arrived at 8:40 am on a extremely cloudy day, protestors were already blocking the front doors so, no one was going in, employees also gathered in the Pyramid, while police gathered around the courtyard to ensure safety. Around 9;45 the sky opened up and it began to rain…. hard and fast …luckily most people were dressed appropriately. Under our umbrella my group triangulated the next destination, when we received an alert the museum was closed for the rest of the day.

From our hotel it was an impressive site to see democracy at work, as thousands of Parisians stood in unity against the government. I am also pleased to be able to access France 24 to keep up with world news.

France 24- Article, Friday, January 17th