Hidden Treasures and Treasured Memories – Part 2

See prior post. This is an attempt to talk briefly about some things we have done that are off the beaten path a bit.

A Paris Story is a 50 minute movie (a PowerPoint, really) in a building near the Opera Garnier. We watched it during our 9th week in Paris. It was interesting to see how the city was built over the centuries and watching the varying architectural trends seize the city from time to time. Probably not worth the 10 Euro price for admission if you are on a budget. There are better ways to explore the city’s history.

Musée Marmottan is located on the outskirts of the Bois de Boulogne and houses more than 130 Monet paintings as well as works by other impressionists. Claude Monet’s son died in a car crash in 1966 and designated this museum to receive his father’s personal collection of art.

Another Monet at Marmottan.
Another Monet at Marmottan.
At Musée Marmottan. One of Monet's giant paintings.
At Musée Marmottan. One of Monet’s giant paintings.

Drouot Auction house is in the 9th arrondissement. It is a giant auction house is open most days. One would need to understand the preview and the buying day rules if participating in the auction but, if not, it is a fun way to spend an afternoon watching true antique aficionados comb through buckets and buckets of treasures from silver, china, furs, paintings, rare wines, tapestries, furniture and everything in between.
Drouot Action House. Waiting for the opening bell.
Drouot Action House. Waiting for the opening bell.
Drouot inside one of the many rooms full of auction items (and part of my thumb in the photo).
Drouot inside one of the many rooms full of auction items (and part of my thumb in the photo).

E. Dehillerin at 18 rue Coquillière, near Les Halles shopping center. This store seems like a dream spot for those who love to cook. They specialize in copper cookware. Pricey but pretty with hard to find items like a knife magnet that you hang on a wall or a wallshelf for sliding stemware upside down to hang.

Assanabel Restaurant – I went here to meet Linda for lunch. It is a Lebanese restaurant with 3 locations in Paris. I ate at the one in the 14th arrondissement. It was wonderful food and very good service. We ordered a fixed price menu with 12 different dishes and each was wonderful. A pitcher of very good table wine cost only 10 Euro. The lunch prices were very reasonable.

Linda and her friend, Carole, at Assanabel restaurant.
Linda and her friend, Carole, at Assanabel restaurant.
Some of our food at Assanabel.
Some of our food at Assanabel.

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