I'd been out last night with my close friends A and E to le Clos des Gourmets, one of my favorite restaurants here. We had a wonderful time with lots of girl talk, lots of wine, a pumpkin and chestnut and hazelnut soup for me, followed by wild duck flavored with garlic and sesame and the lord knows what else, and a trifle with chocolate, chestnuts and single malt whisky. Wow is right. We walked home down the wide avenues, with the Eiffel tower sparkling like a giant diamond pendant in the night sky.
This morning I went to Paris' new museum, le Musee du Quai Branly, with its permanent collections of art from all continents and cultures and ages. A grand place it is, too. I just got my toes wet. I'll go back often. Here are some funerary masks from the Teotihuacan culture, 150- 650 AD, with a statuette from the same period: (Click for more detail.)
Here I had leeks vinaigrette and fresh sardines with tomato sauce fashioned into a cake shape (gateau) with coffee ice cream surmounted by an almond tuile. Tonight I'm having two tablets of ibuprofen, followed by three leftover raspberries and a piece of dry toast.
Tomorrow my friend A and I are taking the train to Compiegne to see the chateau there. A la prochaine---see you the next time!