Friday, January 1, 2010

New Years Day

January 1, 2010 - Paris
It is New Years day in Paris, and there are no college football games on the TV; oh my, what will we ever do. (Just kidding). There is no lack of things to do here, and since the weather was cold, mid-30s, with feel-like temps in the mid-20s, we headed to Centre Pompidou, and the modern art museum. We stopped for lunch at a neighborhood cafe; Frank had a goat cheese salad, which was really good, and I had a smoked salmon salad with shrimp, and avocado, which I enjoyed very much. As we left the cafe, and waiting in line to enter the museum, snow flurries started falling, but did not last long. How neat, snow in Paris. Next stop, the Centre Pompidou, and a ride up the the sixth floor on the glass enclosed exterior escalator for great views of an overcast city. We toured the museum's permament exhibition of 20th century artists. Yes, again, all the big names were present, including Picasso, Matisse, Kandinsky, Miro, and more; as well as some artists new to us. Following the museum and a cup of cafe latte nearby, we walked to the Hotel de Ville to watch the ice skaters, then on to Notre Dame, before heading for an afternoon break at the hotel and a chance for me to catch up on the blog.

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