Paris – 2

Now that I am finally back home from my long trip, I have a little more time and a much better internet connection.

On our first full day in Paris, we decided to go to the Louvre. Paris honestly has the best train service in a metro that I have been to. Please note I have been to Chicago and NY which I think have tremendous networks. Before heading over to the Louvre, we went to the bookshop outside and got a guide for the museum – cost us around 8 euro. It was one of the books (Louvre – guide to the masterpieces) suggested in Lonely Planet – if you are going to the museum, it is definitely worth it.

Well, I should be honest and tell you most of my knowledge about Louvre is from Da Vinci code. I was really taken aback by the sheer size and the collection in the museum. I read somewhere that it would take 9 months if you want to look at each item in the collection. Well, for people that don’t have 9 months, the book I bought is helpful. It talks about the most interesting  pieces of art. We saw the Mona Lisa and all other interesting pieces of art suggested. It was phenomenal. Since the ticket was for a whole day, we went out for lunch in a vegetarian place called LaVictoire Supreme du Coeur and went back to the museum. The restaurant was a pretty interesting place – though as usual, the idea of vegetarian food ends up being raw veggies. They had hummus and tofu also – so I will not complain too much. Dinner was in an Italian place called Le Golfe de Naples. Food was decent – they had a couple of veggie options.

Sometime in the evening we went to this totally awesome ice-cream shop called Berthillon. Easily one of the best ice-creams I have had. If you go to France, you should definitely visit this one. After her previous escapade with ice-creams, my wife ate this one without a glove :).

I also want to talk about the various creperies near our hotel – they were pretty neat. I have developed a liking for them – especially the ones with nougat. My wife usually had the banana ones – being too chicken to try other flavors. I tried nougat, nougat + banana and hazelnut cream. Nougat with banana was the best.

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