Wednesday we all got up, and headed to the other side of the Seine River. We started at Poiline Boulangerie where there were beautiful baked goods… Dave and I had pain au chocolate like it was supposed to be, Katie had a plain croissant and Barb had a mini baguette. All were very good… how are flour, water and butter so different here than in the US. We then headed to Musee d’Orsay to see the most incredible collections of Monet, Manet, Pissarro, Renoir, Gauguin, Van Gough and more. Katie and I did the power-art version of going through the museum at break-neck speed, as she was joining me to meet a former friend/boss of mine from when I did my internship. Meanwhile, D&B took a more leisurely tour of the Musee d’Orsay, with plans to visit the Mona Lisa in the Louvre Museum later that day.
Olivier Maloisel hosted Katie and me at Le Bistro du 7eme for a very traditional French lunch. We dined for 2.5 hours, having some wine, salads, baguette slices, entrees, dessert… and good conversation. He continued to be amazed at how much we were attempting to see on our short trip to France. I believe it was the first time we were in a restaurant with nothing but francophones. It was a great opportunity to get caught up with a very good man. He hopes to return to the US for a driving tour along Route 66, and hopes to have some “must-see" provided by me for his next visit. He is always welcome!
From lunch we (Eric, Katie and Mr. Maloisel) took the Metro to the Opera station. We were in search for the Pierre Herme patisserie shop to pick-up some macaroon cookies---OMG you thought Cheryl's Cookies were expensive!