spring break: lazy brunch and le louvre

On Sunday we slept in, and spent a lazy morning in the apartment. Then we headed to St Germain, because we had lunch reservations at Le Petit Cler at noon. I’d been craving my favorite Parisian lunch treat, a croque madame, and the one I had there was delicious. Scott had the full board of charcuterie and bread. Fortified, we wandered around Rue Cler for a bit enjoying the shops and markets, and finally set out for our primary objective of the day: visiting the Louvre.

I’ve been to the Louvre every time I’ve visited Paris, but there’s never enough time or energy to see everything, so each trip yields new surprises. Normally I don’t take a lot of photos in museums, because I assume that I can always find an even better photo of the artwork in the gift shop or on the Internet. Because we were there on a sunny afternoon, however, I found the lighting in some of the locations to be worth capturing, like the way the the sunshine made Cupid’s wings glow on Canova’s “Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss.”

Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss

Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss (Antonio Canova, the Louvre)

We also visited Napoleon III’s apartment in the Louvre, which I’d not seen before. The opulence is pretty astounding!

Napoleon III's Apartment

Napoleon III’s Apartment, Grand Salon

After over four hours of touring (and getting a bit lost trying to find our way out), we decided that for dinner we’d try to go to Le Relais de l’Entrecote near Champs-Elysées for steak-frites–since it receives rave reviews from everyone. Unfortunately, we got there after they opened (rather than before, as the guidebooks recommend), and we were both too worn out to wait in the long, slow line. Nothing along the walk back to the apartment looked like it had a decent balance of price/quality, so we ended up at a small St Augustin near the apartment, and ended our a day a bit early (jet lag was taking its toll on Scott!).

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