On Friday evening my Parisian friend Jacques took me to dinner at a magnificent Parisian institution, Brasserie Julien, in the 10ème just outside the Porte Saint-Denis. I posted an album of photos from the memorable evening at this link. Here are a couple of samples:
The decor is gorgeous art moderne, dating from the 1920s. The atmosphere is friendly and bustling and the food is sumptuous but not fussy. Altogether a lovely evening with a great friend.
During the day Ryan, Alan and I explored the left bank, starting with a picnic in the Luxembourg Gardens, then wandering over to the Jardin des Plantes. I had a look at the greenhouses (which I found mildly interesting) while they saw the Grand Gallery of Evolution, which I had seen last year. The forecast had been for rain, but in the event it was cool but otherwise lovely.
Ryan and Alan enjoyed a meal at a Provençal restaurant in the 8ème while Jacques and I were at Brasserie Julien.
Also, I just posted a group of “streetscape” photos from my first two weeks, at this link: 2011 Streetscapes I