A Parisian Day

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Louvre

Not having an entire day to devote to absorbing all of the imagery housed in the Louvre, we had to devise a plan that would ensure we both left the Louvre equally satisfied.  We knew the key to that plan was arriving as soon as the doors opened after satiating ourselves on a well-balanced breakfast bowl full of croissants.  Unknowingly, our early arrival allowed us to witness a breathtaking sunrise as the sun shone directly through the above ground glass structure that denotes one’s arrival at Paris’ greatest museum.  Once on the clock, we made the dash to the Mona Lisa before devoting our time in the Antiquites Egyptiennes exhibit.  This exhibit, which I unfortunately yet accurately have dubbed the  Nose/Lips/Accurate History Removal, was equally breathtaking and frustrating.

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arc de triomphe - photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

arc de triomphe – photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

Seafood Risotto

photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

A Sunday in Rome can be reminiscent of a Sunday in “The South” – most everything is closed.  Well, everything except for places of worship, shopping and eating.  We determined it would be the perfect day for finding ‘our’ Roman restaurant that we can reference the way some fondly recall their favorite Parisian bistro with the most flaky and delicious croissants. The best way to do so?  Eat our way through Rome.  Literally.  It began as a search for carciofi alla giudía – Jewish-style artichokes.  (I’ll always remember the Italian translation because I said it so many times that weekend.)  Eventually we were told carciofi was not in season 😦  As we walked and marveled at the architecture and historical sites, we ducked into restaurants savoring pasta, bread, risotto, lasagna, wine . . . I could go on.  Before you think we were being all types of glutenous, we would request a smaller size, if possible, and split it allowing our stomachs not to swell too much before diving into another locale.  There was no rhyme or reason to the choosing of our stops.  Eh, actually you could say we chose the books by its covers.  If their featured entree displayed on the chalkboard sidewalk sign enticed our taste buds, it was something we hadn’t yet had while in Rome and the outdoor seating provided an awesome backdrop and shade as a reprieve from the sun, a second later we were requesting a table for two.

At some point that afternoon after free limoncello shots and enjoying the freedom of walking the streets with beer in hand, we found ourselves back in front of the Pantheon.  If you’re facing the Pantheon, to the right are three restaurants that spill out onto the plaza.  The one in the middle, Di Rienzo, boasted a seafood risotto.  Done.

Of course, a classic The Harrises of Chicago photo –

photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

Have a beautiful weekend!
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Another Walk Through Rome

Day 2-

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