We got showered and out of the house by 14h (2:00 pm)! Ryan and Alan had been out late, and surfed the web even later, so the start was our latest yet. We headed first to Angelina’s for a nice lunch, including an enormous pitcher of hot chocolate. Relative to Mariage Frères we found Angelina’s a bit shabby, but still elegant. I was also somewhat more impressed by the service at Mariage Frères. The choice really depends on their specialties: tea vs. chocolate — the best solution being to patronize both, if you don’t mind being surrounded by other tourists.
After lunch we wandered over to the Opéra Garnier and the Galeries Lafayette (which I had briefly visited on my own earlier in the week). I found the crush of prestigious brands nauseating but I did enjoy the opulence of the atrium.
After a look at FNAC — a big music and book store — we caught Woody Allen’s latest movie, Minuit à Paris (Midnight in Paris). At first I was stunned by how bad it was; banal and poorly acted. But I ultimately decided that this was intentional. The hero is initially trapped in a bad movie as well as a bad relationship and he escapes (oops I’ve given away the plot!) to a better movie as well as a better relationship. Not a must-see by any means, but an amusing fantasy, and absolutely perfect for visitors to Paris.
After the movie we met up with my cousin Lisa and had a satisfying meal at a nearby Kurdish restaurant, Dilan, which I had enjoyed last year. Conversation absorbed us until past midnight, long after the other diners had left. We were impressed that our server waited patiently for us to finish and never even hinted that he was ready to close up.