Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Dutch Design - Day 25 - Paris Day 3 "Pho again?"

Breakfast = Pain du chocolat. YUM. Bring that chocolate pain. Chocolate chips in a fresh baked butter bun. SAO GOOD.

First stop of the day, Muji! I picked up a few stationery items as well as an umbrella, seemed like the sensible thing to do as my light jacket is not as water resistant as I thought and the weather seems to favour the rain everywhere we go.

Brunch = Creperie Bretonne. I found this place off a list of the best crepe places in Paris from David Lebovitz's web blog. I got the Andouille Gruyere crêpe which was pretty tasty. I also wanted to try a Grand Marnière crêpe flambée but we were in a time crunch, so no dessert for me :(.

The 6 of us met up with the rest of the film team (who went to do the Inga Sempe interview) at the Musee d'Orsay. The building is beautiful! So were all the artworks as the MO has the largest collection of impressionist works. However, it was a battle to go in and move around with the sheer volume of people. It was an questionably enjoyable experience.

Joanne, Dan and I went off on our own exploration adventure. We visited the Institut du Monde Arabe or the Arab World Institute designed by architect Jean Nouvel with its signature motor-controlled apertures that is supposed to act as a brise soleil. It was very cool to see close-up.

Next stop, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the National Library of France. The 4-corner design is unique along with the jungle/forest in the center area below. The interior of the library (of the basement level at least) was really nice, though it feels like a maze somewhat to navigate.

Pho around the world.
Pho every night in Paris. Hahaha. We tried to go back to the restaurant we went on the first night but it w as closed, so we went to the one across the street at Tin Tin. Not bad, but nothing to write home about.

I picked up some macaroons to munch on the rest of the road trip. It probably won't last long though... Hehehe.

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