Laduree Lunch, Business Meeting & Fashion Museum

Trip Start Jul 20, 2009
Trip End Jul 28, 2009

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

We got up at 8ish today. It was very breezy, gray and blustery looking outside while we were getting ready for the day. But by the time we left, it wasn't too bad, just overcast and cool.

We got on the Metro and headed over to Champs-Elysees. It was still early, so we got off one Metro stop before the one we had planned and walked through the Place de la Concorde, across the Seine and along the river towards the Eiffel Tower. When we saw the Tower, the Girl said, "It finally feels like we're in Paris now." Indeed it did! It was a beautiful view from the Pont Alexander III.

After walking along the river a little, we decided it'd be a good idea to find out exactly where we were. So I pulled out the map...first time I'd done that so far. We needed to cross back over the Seine to get back to the Champs-Elysees. We walked down the Avenue George V passed the Cathedrale Americaine. Once we got to the Champs-Elysees, we went to Laduree and got a table.

When the server found out that we were having lunch, she moved us over to the tables with the white tablecloths. I hadn't even noticed really. But we were still in the room that looks like a Faberege Egg, so pretty. We shared a Club Laduree sandwich and drank iced teas. Yep, iced tea! It did have some sort of flavor, but I was so happy to have iced tea, I didn't care; it was really good anyway.

Of course, we had our own desserts. The Girl ordered rose sorbet with four assorted macarons. And I assure you, she savored every bite. I had a trio of sorbets that included rose and raspberry, plus some red mystery flavor topped with a ton of chantilly cream and sprinkled with sweet, ripe raspberries. Oh yeah, babe.

We have to go back to Laduree to get some tea (the violette is to die for) and some macarons to take home, but we'll do that closer to departure.

From there we took the Metro to the 16th arrondissement because I had a business meeting at La Rotonde Brasserie, which is on La Muette square...about 20 yards away from La Muette Metro stop. The meeting was informal and went very well. The Girl and I both ordered The Glace...more iced tea. This time it was peach iced tea, which I have known is popular here. Had I known it was going to be peach, I wouldn't have ordered it. However, I actually liked it, so now I know.

After the meeting we jumped on the Metro again (I just love the Metro) and went to the Musee des Arts Decoratifs where the Musee de la Mode is located. It is in the Palais Royal which is part of the Louvre. Since the Girl wants to be a fashion designer, what better place to see a fashion museum?

We had a nice time perusing the clothes and decorative arts, both of us gaining another blister. I now have 4 Bandaids on my feet! One of the exhibits that we both liked, but thought a little creepy at the same time, was the "Opera of the Bunnies." The bunnies were behind glass in this dark area. Each bunny lit up and made tones that went along with the lights they emitted; their ears moved in sync. There was a head bunny who controlled the other bunnies. It was mesmerizing. And no, I did not smoke crack today.

We ended our time at the museum by browsing the store there. The Girl bought a wonderful book on how to draw figures and fashions...right up her alley. We relaxed at "home" and were going to go out to dinner, but we both didn't want to go back out. I snacked on the leftover bread which was a bit chewy. But I was only eating it for the butter anyway. :)

Took a quick nap while the Girl drew some beautiful pictures using her book as reference. Now it's time for bed. We need to get up at a decent time tomorrow for a full day at Versailles tomorrow. Marie Antoinette here we come!

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