Actual Anniversary Day
We had breakfast at our fave place, Cafe Flore. There are a few spots that we always go back to. That is one of them and it has not changed in decades.
We stayed on the left bank for the day. The museum had an exhibit we were curious about called the Le Modele Noir. The last time we were there was 2008. It is a beautiful building that used to be a train station. The museum as it is today was officially opened in 1986. It is very much like going to the Met and seeing the impressionists. It is not my fave museum but glad we saw this show. This is I Like Olympia in Black Face by Larry Rivers.
It highlights the model more than the artist. The representation of black models who were used as models for many major artists is something we rarely see. Elvire Van Hyfte born in Belgian Congo, studied philosophy at the University of Louvain. Was friends with Matisse who painted many pieces with her as a model.
We ran a few errands and just relaxed. Dinner was at L’Astrance. The last time we were there was with the entire family in 2008. We spent four weeks that year in Paris with the family for the month of July. Truly one of the best things ever. It was nice to return. What I remembered is the beauty of the place. It is like a tiny jewel box with these amazing glass colored chargers on each table. Quite elegant.
The food isn’t what it used to be as if you want to go somewhere memorable I’d send you to David Toutain. But we had a wonderful time. Highlight was probably the fish with a miso beurre sauce with sushi rice on the side.
We strolled back home through the insanity of the Eiffel Tower. I remembered that we went up to the top after our last meal at L’Astrance and confirmed with the post in 2008.
A relaxing way to spend our Anniversary together.