Our first stop was the St. Quentin indoor market, I had read that it was one of Paris' premier indoor markets. It was just O.K., but we enjoyed looking around and talking to the friendly shop keepers.
The flower shop--why do flowers always look prettier in Paris?
The yummy pastry shop:
The French love their fish. Matt has been checking the price of salmon, I'm a little worried he's going to send us a bill for the salmon he shared with us this summer!
Poulet (chicken) hanging, the man in this shop was singing away in a loud voice!
Poulet with feathers still on!
Lapin (rabbit), must be fresh, as it's still in it's coat!
A narrow passageway--Montmarte is the highest point in Paris, so there are several steep streets:
We came across this charming guy playing the accordion by a sidewalk cafe--he really hammed it up for us!
David tried to give him a tip--but he wouldn't take it:
More beautiful flowers:
Cheese, cheese and more cheese!
I love these:
Dave and Matt, enjoying a beverage while we were waiting for a table, the cafe was VERY busy!
Matt with the menu, picture of Amelie on the front--he is one happy birthday guy!
We all ordered the Bouef Bourguignon , David had a salad as a starter, I think he's stuck on warm goat cheese toast:
Here's our boeuf bourguignon, it was very good:
They also sold TP in many, many different designs, including soduko, Euro bills, and these two funny designs. I didn't buy any!
Our first view of the amazing I.M. Pei glass pyramid, I love the contrast of old and new:
Matt was blown away by the ceilings, and soon declared he was "ceilinged out" and was tired of looking up! There are beautiful ceilings in almost every room, all different:
A nice statue on the way to the Denon Wing and Mona Lisa. This is Mars and Venus:
Corner detail in another beautiful ceiling:
Venus de Milo! I've been to the Louvre twice before, but have somehow missed her. Matt found it for me:
I think she is absolutely stunning:
We came to the room with Mona Lisa--it actually wasn't too bad! There was a small crowd right in front, but nothing like when David & I went last year, or in April with my Mom & Dad. We just patiently shuffled our way to the front for our photo op. Not sure why we do this--it's kind of silly, I know.
The area that Matt most wanted to explore was the Egyptian Antiquities. David and I were really looking forward to it, as we didn't get to it on our last visit.
When we first came into that wing, we were greeted by this large sphinx, from about 925 B.C. We thought that was old--until we wandered through the rest of that wing!
This is a wooden carving of a barge, from about 1800-2000 Before Christ!
Tiny carved stone frogs, just for my friend Deb! From about 1500 B.C.
More wooden carving, 1900-200 B.C.
By now we were suffering from sensory overload--it was just hard to imagine we were seeing treasures this old. It was our favorite area of the Louvre!
Oh, OK!! If you don't think I deserve a crown, how about a simple diamond broach?
David ordered the same salad as the first night, but instead of duck confit it had chicken. I tell ya, he's stuck on warm goat cheese on toast:
I chose a salad also, one with very thinly sliced ham--more like prosciutto, but smoky. The large "crouton" had a nutty cheese melted on the top. The mix of greens was great, and the mustard vinaigrette was perfect. The whole salad was topped with lots of pine nuts. It was scrumptious!