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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:

Bob at Brasserie Julien

Bob at Brasserie Julien

Jacques at Brasserie Julien

Jacques at Brasserie Julien

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 in the 5ème

Ryan and Alan in the 5ème

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