Angelina's Easter Window
Paris: A Perfect Day, A Perfect Meal
by Victoria Challancin
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It all started with a casual stroll down rue de Rivoli in Paris, a saunter, if you will, on a bright Spring day. I was heading to the Musée d'Orsay to see the current Manet exhibit, an extravaganza of works including many I had never seen and was greatly anticipating. Easter week. Mistake. The crowds were daunting. I left unfulfilled and meandered instead to the Grand Palais, where an exhibit on the works of Odilon Redon was showing--and another on the countryside of Renaissance Rome. OK. I was in Paris; I wanted to see a new exhibit; I was game, if fairly ignorant on the subject. I didn't know that much about Redon, I confess. I was aware of some of his more recognizable works, I knew he thought the Impressionists silly, I knew he dabbled in the spiritual and symbolic realms, in fact, I knew little. What a wonderful surprise. I was dazzled.
Passing Angelina's tea room, I pause to marvel at the beguiling Easter window display. Angelina's is a landmark in the world of tea salons in Paris. Usually, I stop and at least purchase something to go. On this day I just looked...and drooled.
And then I made it to the Restaurant Le Soufflé, on rue de Mont Thabor in the first arrondissement. I had known of this restaurant by recommendation for years, but had just never made it. This time I made a late afternoon reservation, determined not to miss it. The entire menu is only soufflés. Savory and sweet. Wow! What a concept! And never a fear of failure, I am certain. This is a formula that works.
A Perfect Day? Oh my yes. A stroll, a great museum, a memorable restaurant, and Spring in bloom all around. I feel thankful and lucky indeed.
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