Paris

Just returned from FPSAC Paris.  I only took a few pictures; they are below.  Here are a few things that were wonderful:

  • The Musée d’Orsay, especially Van Gogh and Monet.  Also, the 3rd floor (which you can hardly tell exists; it’s just a few rooms clustered at one end near the stairs and elevator) has some really beautiful furniture from Northern Europe.
  • The (Michelin-listed, at least at some point) bistro Les Papilles, 30 rue Gay Lussac near the Jardin du Luxembourg, which for 35 euro will give you 0 choices but serve you really wonderful food.  The day we were there, they had cauliflower soup (served over some sliced raw cauliflower, almonds, and a dollop of crème fraiche), lamb shoulder with ratatouille, blue cheese with a poached plum, and sweet cream with strawberries and a strawberry coulis.
  • Le Lhassa, 13 rue de la Montagne Sainte-Genevieve, which served me the best Tibetan food I’ve ever had: three vegetable dumplings, rice noodles with mushrooms, some mixed stir-fried vegetables, and rice — everything was wonderful.  The dessert (basically chestnut cream with some hazelnuts) was okay but if I ever go again I’ll try something else.
  • The Globe Cafe, 104 Avenue d’Italie, which served me a tasty salade au chèvre chaud and couscous — not worth a trip from more central areas, but if you’re stuck in the 13th looking for something good and cheap then I recommend it.
  • Foyer Vietnam, 80 rue Monge, suggested by my parents — very tasty Vietnamese food served by friendly people.  For 10 euro at lunch I had the very tangy soup, poulet citronelle with rice, and lychee and longan for dessert.
  • The café at the Grand Mosque, a pleasant and beautiful place to sit with delicious pastries.
  • The city in general for being beautiful and pleasant to walk around.
  • The funny field/meadow they’ve built (presumably temporarily) in front of the Hôtel de Ville (see pictures below) as part of a general environmental/sustainability program.
  • Perhaps I’ll think of some more and add them here later.
  • (Oh, and the conference was pretty good, too.)
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