|Day 51: 2-20-11 - a cosmetics store I pass as I walk through the hood on my quest for free cous-cous at Tribal Cafe. Those better be damn good cosmetics to justify a name like that. Something tells me they're not.|
|Day 53: 2-22-11: Agriculture Expo! Back row from left: Matthew, Eric, Pierre; Courtney, Rachel, et Moi.|
On the oyster note, I've tried them twice before, and never really liked them but I have heard they are an acquired taste. I don't really get "acquired tastes" because all that really means is that you ate something and hated it, but then kept eating it anyway, which just seems silly, but I guess I am a bit ridiculous because I was determined to like them and so I tried them again. And, voilà, it worked. The bread and wine didn't hurt either.
dressed the part to sell their meats/cheeses
foie gras sandwish = heaven in your mouth
not posing at all...
bar a pommes (literally, apple bar. which it was)
Normandy's Medal d'Or apple alcoholic beverages. They don't mess around.
The French go tropical.
Oh yeah, there were animals too:
The French really like their horses
Donkey. He liked me.
German Shepherd puppy that I wanted to take home with me
Maybe Pete is in there somewhere
Black sheep. We've all been there. I think he could smell the rum in my cup.
weird cowbell processional.
This cow did not trust me.
So all in all I got a taste of some French foods I would be embarrassed to leave saying I'd never tried, saw more breeds of livestock than I knew existed, and left well fed and exhausted.
And since I was on a roll doing exciting things, and since the next day was rainy and miserable, I decided to hit up the Louvre. I really like that I can say that: "Hmm rainy day, what should I do? Guess I'll go look at world famous paintings and ancient artifacts at the most famous museum in the world." Considering the last time I went with Leanne we spent most of the time making irreverent comments about the statues' male genitalia, I figured I owed it another go. All the pictures are a bit dark because the sun had already gone down and of course I couldn't use a flash, but you get the idea.
the medieval foundations of the original Louvre structure
Ancient Egyptian frogs. Weird, they look just like our frogs...
One of the Ramses
Hieroglyphics (I got this one: "man at beach, sees seagulls and starfish." Man I'm good.)
Army of funeral servant statues in the dead things and sarcophagi room
Gator mummy. Go 'Noles.
Cat mummies. Mom should be glad I just asked her to bury our cat in the backyard.
Around this time I lost interest in the old stuff and started paying more attention to the architecture and decor.
Greek painting on a ceiling. I have a feeling this wasn't originally there.
Nike of Samothrace. Was probably quite attractive at one point but seems a little scary now.
Day 54: 2-23-11 - another ceiling that distracted me from 3,500 year old artifacts. You shouldn't put important stuff in a room like this and expect me to pay attention.
So c'est tout pour maintenant. It's 11 am on Thursday and I'm contemplating how to spend my day. I will probably go for a run and then play eenie-meenie-miney-mo between Musee d'Orsay or the Rodin Museum.
Oh, and I also booked my tickets to Amsterdam in Brussels in April with Caitlin (assuming she doesn't get thrown into some African prison before she gets here). 2 trips planned in 2 months; I'm quite the world traveller.