Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Market Day and Champs Elysées

Our goal for today was to buy some fresh fruit and buy tickets for the exhibit of art collected by Gertrude Stein and her brothers that opens in October.  We had success with the fresh fruit plan.  We went to Place Monge which has a Wednesday Market.

Here's what we bought.  The strawberries were as delicious as they looked.

For lunch I had a Croque Monsieur (grilled ham and cheese) with tomato and Bill had a warm chevre salad and a fish plate.

Unfortunately we weren't so successful with our attempt to buy the art show tickets.  We went to the Grand Palais, but were unable to find where to purchase the tickets.  We'll be trying the Internet later.  Then we did our walking tour of the day which was in the area of Champs Elysées.  Since we've been to Paris several times in the past, we skipped much of the Champs Elysées.  However, we hadn't seen the expensive shopping street, Avenue Montaigne, in the past, so that was a new experience.

We treated ourselves to expensive but delicious African hot chocolate at Angelina, a somewhat intimidating tea shop on Rue de Rivoli.  The hot chocolate comes with a little pot of whipped cream.  I'm not going to tell you how much we paid for two hot chocolates.  Okay, I will.  It was 14 euros (about $20), something I would never do in the United States.

Today's Cheeses:  Brie de Meau (lait cru), and Pont L'Évêque (lait cru)

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