Today was one of those days when we ran into several things that didn't totally make sense. But before I get to that, let's get lunch out of the way. We went to an old restaurant in the Les Halles area, Le Cochon à l'oreille. It's decor hasn't changed much in the last hundred years. It has beautiful tile murals on the walls.
The decor was more impressive than the food. They serve traditional bistro food, and my braised beef was good, but I'm not a fan of canned vegetables.
We planned to do a walking tour of the Opéra area, and when we got out of the Métro there was a huge traffic jam. We started walking down the street and came upon a large crowd on both sides of the sidewalk. There was a bus that appeared to belong to a French sports team stopped across from a hotel and there were lots of people taking photos. On the other side of the street the crowd seemed to be made up of people wearing chefs' hats. We couldn't figure out if this event was about celebrity athletes arriving at the hotel or celebrity chefs. On the chef side of the street, which was in front of a chocolate shop and patisserie, were tables where they were giving out samples of pastries. We finally decided that we were seeing two events. One was a sports team arriving at the hotel and being photographed by the media and fans, and the other event was part of a patisserie festival. We're going to try to see if we can find other events associated with the patisserie festival. I apologize for the quality of the photo. It was crowded and I wasn't actually sure what I was taking a picture of.
After we waded through the crowd, we returned to our walking tour itinerary. On rue de Capucines I saw this architectural detail over a door.
Place Vendôme is a large plaza where the Hotel Ritz and many expensive jewelry and clothing stores are located. When we got there we stumbled upon an auto show. Here's the Town and Country.
Right next to the auto show was a band playing. They were in military uniforms and mounted on horses. Once again, we weren't sure if the auto show and the band were related or were separate random events.
No cheese today because we move to another apartment tomorrow and don't want to be hauling groceries with us.