Yesterday we visited the Louvre - along with a few thousand other tourists - and attempted to view some of the most important art collections in the world. The museum was very crowded and a lot of patience was required to get close to the artwork and spend a few minutes appreciating any masterpiece. A return visit to the museum is planned and we're hoping that the crowds have thinned down a bit after the New Year celebrations are over. The first Sunday of the month is a free admission day at the Louvre, and we're anticipating that many people, families in particular, will take advantage of saving the cost of admission (9 Euros).
I have to sort through about 100 photos that I took while visiting one small section of the museum. I'll post a selection of these photos soon, which will include some remarkable Italian artwork. Among them, an Annunciation and two Madonne with child, which I specifically photographed to share with Sandra and Annie.
Today was a slow day for us after two long days walking around Paris. Last night we arrived at midnight at our apartment after we checked-out one of the many companies that offer cruises on the River Seine, in our futile effort to find a New Year's Eve cruise. The idea of a river cruise sounded quite exciting until we found out that the rate for the cruise including dinner was 300 Euros per person. After a few seconds of sticker shock, we concluded that we would spend the last day of the year in our neighborhood, buying groceries for the rest of our stay, cooking dinner at the apartment. Then heading over after 10:00 pm to the Champs-Elysées or the Eiffel Tower for midnight celebrations.
We started our day at a local patisserie where we had breakfast. It is here where we stop everyday to buy the best baguette we have ever eaten.
Cafe au lait, a croissant, and a delicious and moist salmon quiche. We also had a pain raisin (danish with raisins) and a freshly squeezed orange juice.
Bread, pastries and cakes at the patisserie. A lot of self-control was needed to stop us from buying some of these delicacies.
After breakfast we stopped at the neighborhood's butcher to buy some already cooked meat and pate.
A stop at the local fish market for some fresh clams for tonight's dinner and a couple of dozen oysters from Bretagne.
At the fromagerie where we bought goat cheese and some fresh fruits.
Back at the apartment we sampled some of our delicious purchases.