mardi, avril 03, 2007

Kristy+IynVisit Day 2: Versailles and Terra Nera

[NOTE: Now Improved with Pictures! Thanks to Kristy for taking these.]

Due to staying up until all hours last night, I slept in a bit, then dragged myself to the shower (right around the time that Kristy and Iyn knocked on my door to see what was up). We headed off to the UCParis center (my work) to fax a my teaching application, and then continued on to Versailles. The lines at Versailles were as long as usual, so we took about 2 hours to get our tickets and then get into the building. Once inside, Kristy declared the palace "rediculous" (which became a recurring word to describe the overwhelming beauty of Paris) and spent nearly 10 minutes per room, snapping numerous pictures of pretty much every square inch of each room. Iyn and I stood by and watched.

By the time we got outside to go see the outdoor areas (parks, the canal, Marie Antoinette's "village"), the weather had cooled off substantially. It was still lovely when you were in the sun, but the combination of wind and clouds made things pretty damn cold. Add to this the fact that none of us had dressed for a cold day, plus Iyn still heavy with his cold, and things got miserable pretty quickly. We still had a great time, but we were totally exhausted by the time we got back to the RER station.

Unfortunately, it was already pretty late in the afternoon, so we didn't have time to go home and change clothes before dinner. We headed over to the the Luxembourg gardens and had a quick beer at La Gueuze (previously mentioned here) before heading over to Terra Nera (previously here).

I had wanted to start us off with mozzarella in carozza (breaded and deep-fried mozzarella), but they were out of it that night, so we went for a plate of antipasti and some beef carpaccio. This posed a bit of a challenge for Kristy; you see, Kristy is a picky eater. She doesn't eat vegetables (seriously), she doesn't eat fish, and she's wary of anything that doesn't come in a carb or protein form (pasta, bread, cheese, meat). Nonetheless, Kristy made a valiant effort, eating a few bits of antipasti and trying some of the beef carpaccio (she loves beef, but the idea of raw beef weirded her out).

For our main dishes, Kristy had the ravioli in truffle sauce, Iyn had a pork piccata with gorgonzola sauce (orgasmic, according to Iyn) and I had gnocchi alla sorrentina (a sauce made of cream, tomatoes and cheese). By the time we were done our main dishes, we were all unbelievably full and Iyn looked like he was going to fall over dead. We settled up the bill and lurched back home, collapsing in our respective beds.

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