Determined to hit every museum in Paris during my last week, I found one of the few that was open on Monday: Eugene Delacroix’s house and studio. Though it’s understated, it was pleasant to walk around the building where Delacroix created the gorgeous paintings I’d seen in the Louvre just days earlier. Neither the artwork or the architecture of the building was exquisite, but seeing artifacts like Delacroix’s easel and pallet with oil paints splattered on it made the visit worthwhile.
With ample time left before class (the museum is petite) I wandered around in the finally gorgeous weather, and stopped at Ugo Traiteur for the freshest takeout Italian food I’ve ever had. Salmon with lemon and basil accompanied with vegetable tortellini in a ratatouille of tomatoes and zucchini made the perfect picnic lunch.
That night, we treated ourselves to dinner again at Le Grenier de Notre Dame, a vegetarian restaurant serving French classics without the meat. While my carnivorous friends were less than enthused, the food was flavorful and fresh, a much needed serving of vegetables in contrast with Paris’ endless carbs.
We spent the rest of the evening wandering the streets, stopping for sweets and crepes after our large meal.
Before class on Tuesday, I visited Le Bon Marche (The Good Market) with a friend. The Bloomingdale’s of Paris, this elegant department store had everything: clothes, homewares, fine dining, knitting supplies… The sleek multilevel marble interior was the perfect place to spend a morning.
The Rodin Museum is open late on Wednesdays, so we planned to visit then. After trudging through the pouring rain to reach the home of “The Thinker”, we learned that the museum that night was closed for a private event. Seriously? On the only night it’s open late? At least we passed Gertrude Stein and Edith Wharton's homes on the way, which made the stormy trek somewhat worthwhile...
We took an unplanned excursion to Invalides and Napoleon’s Tomb. The gardens outside were incredibly colorful and beautiful in the newly emerged sun, and Napoleon’s tomb was larger than life enormous. After a glamorous photoshoot, we walked under the Eiffel Tower and crossed the river in search of food.
My roommate in NYC told me that if there was one thing I needed to do in Paris, it was to visit L’as du Falafel (The World of Falafel). I live a block away from Mamoun’s. People come from Brooklyn to go to Mamoun’s (it’s that good), so I didn’t see the big deal.
L’as du Falafel was a big deal, a big deal stuffed in a freshly baked pita and topped with creamy smoked eggplant. Words cannot do this sandwich justice. Book a ticket to Paris, you’ll see.
After a filling and delicious meal, we headed to a cafe in Bastille to write while enjoying molten chocolate cake. Paris, you've outdone yourself. Plus, I met this cute guy...