Tuesday, May 12, 2009
jour no. 12 - mishmash
To be honest, I didn't have a very foodie weekend – or at least, I didn't eat much that was blog-worthy (I don't know how many pix of flaky, buttery, rich croissants you want to see). Still, it was pretty great.
Yesterday, I had coffee in this goofy pink café near my apartment, then met Katie for a mini Audrey Hepburn marathon. Among the many things that Paris has that New York does not (pastry on every corner, Velib, a functioning subway system) are great independent movie theaters, specializing in classics or art films or what have you.
This gem in the 17th, just off the Etoile, was honoring Audrey Hepburn on what would have been her 80th birthday. Yesterday, we started with "Roman Holiday," had a break for a glass of wine and a bag of super-salty Monoprix potato chips, then returned for "Diamants sur Canapé," the very odd French translation of "Breakfast at Tiffany's."
After, we headed to the 1er arrondissement to pick a Japanese restaurant off of the strip along Rue de Ste Anne. The ramen joint we ended up in was fine - no great shakes, especially compared to the options in NYC. Still, it was bizarrely fun to be ordering Japanese food in French.
Before getting on the Metro to return home, I wandered around the Louvre courtyards a bit. The Louvre is beautifully lit at night, there were quite a few blissful-looking souls strolling about, and, of course, there was a guy playing his saxophone.
As I said, it was pretty great.