Benjamin Chait

Paris in January

4 February 2024

I spent two weeks in Paris while Cara taught a study abroad course. It was delightful! Lots of croissants, coffee, art, walking — generally just wandering and exploring.

Arc de Triomphe Café Blanc, a small spot I found for breakfast Louvre Pyramid through a walkway Louvre Pyramid Winged Victory of Samothrace at Louvre The Basket of Wild Strawberries at Louvre Light snow in Paris Passages couverts de Paris (a “covered passage”) Montmartre street

We spent a weekend in Alsace, a wine region in eastern France near the German border. Strasbourg had some amazingly filling food; Colmar was idyllic; and we wandered through Eguisheim, a tiny village with plenty of small shops and family vineyards.

Strasbourg Colmar Eguisheim fountain Eguisheim street Eguisheim vineyard

Back in Paris, we found a Van Gough exhibit at the Musée d’Orsay; learned how to bake croissants (and enjoyed tasting them!); I took a day-trip to Normandy to explore Mont Saint-Michel; we explored an exhibition on Mark Rothko; and otherwise wandered the streets eating crepes in search of museums.

Van Gough Van Gough cat Croissant - before Croissant - after The Eiffel Tower Rodin’s Le Penseur Normandy Mont-Saint-Michel Paris Metro Coffee at Le Peloton Cafe Rothko A morning coffee in a tiny shop somewhere in Paris Morning light Selfie in front of the Eiffel Tower Hermann Nitsch works at Musée de l’Orangerie « In Lovely Blueness » at Musée de l’Orangerie Les Fous De L'île, our final dinner in Paris

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