Back from France! Just there for 2 1/2 days on the way back from Israel.
- Cheeses eaten: Bethmale, Camembert, unidentified Basque sheep’s milk, Chabechou, Crottin de Chavignol, 28-month aged Comté, Vieux Cantal, Brie de Nangis. The Brie and the Chabechou (both from La Fermette) were the highlights.
- On the other hand, Berthillon ice cream not as amazing as I remembered — possibly because American ice cream has gotten a lot better since 2004, the last time I was in Paris?
- The Louvre is by far the most difficult major world museum to navigate. Why, for instance, the system where the rooms have numbers but the room numbers aren’t on the map?
- I wonder museums with long entry lines have considered opening a separate, presumably shorter line for people willing to pay double (3x, 5x?) the usual entry fee.
- In the most Thomas Friedman moment of my life, an Algerian cab driver heard my accent and immediately began telling me how much he loved Trump. If you want to know the Algerian cab driver conventional wisdom on this topic, it’s that Trump is a businessman and will “calmer” once he becomes President. I am doubtful. Tune in later to see who was right, the Algerian cab driver or his skeptical passenger.
- AB really loved the Rodin sculptures in the Musee d’Orsay. I think because her height is such that she’s quite close to their feet. Rodin sculpted a hell of a foot.
- I learned from Leila Schneps that the masters of the Académie Française have declared that “oignon” is to be spelled “ognon” from now on! I can’t adjust.