Sep 05 2013

Les Arts Décoratifs & Lunch at the L’Ilot Vache

Published by at 6:25 pm under PSO 2013 European Tour

Bride by the Seine

Bride by the Seine

The Île Saint-Louis is the island in the middle of Paris where you find Notre Dame Cathedral, and just across the Seine is the Saint-Chappelle with its wonderful windows. It provides the general look of Heinz Chapel in Pittsburgh. The sky was clear and blue for a wedding. A photographer helped the bride and groom find just the right spot at noon today.

I was there with the patrons group that supports the Pittsburgh Symphony generously, led by Richard and Ginny Simmons. I joined Jayne Adair and Basil Cox, there with Alice Snyder at our table, plus a group who raved about the concerts they’ve heard so far.

Mixed grill de poissons

Mixed grill de poissons

The restaurant was L’Ilot Vache – named for the cows who once roamed this island – whose windowsills are crammed with a wide assortment of cow figurines. The boeuf on the table was the best – and I’m a vegetarian, as I’ve mentioned before. A flexitarian tries things, though. The oeufs en meurette was a soup-like beef stock with egg and bits of bacon. The poissons were beautifully presented, and for desert, a bread pudding – pain perdu à l’ancienne et sauce caramel.

On our way to the museum we passed the famous bookstore Shakespeare and Co.

Behind the Seams: An Indiscreet Look at the Mechanics of Fashion

Behind the Seams: An Indiscreet Look at the Mechanics of Fashion

Fortified, it was off to the Museum of Decorative Arts, just next to the Louvre, which featured those Louis XIV chairs and Limoges enamels; armoires, tapestries, pianos and much more. A special exhibit detailed the way men and women have used underwear to shape an impression. The codpiece for men; and for the ladies, the bustle, crinoline, whalebone stays, the push up, etc. There was a segment of “Gone With the Wind” dubbed in French in which Scarlett O’Hara is tied into her underwear by her nurse. Some of it was funny and some cruel. Museum visitors could try on hoop petticoats, but I avoided the temptation.

Teresa and Simeon Honeck with violinist Christopher Wu

Teresa and Simeon Honeck with violinist Christopher Wu

I ran into the part of the Honeck family in the lobby as Teresa and Simeon were on their way out the door. Teresa was off to visit Monet’s garden at Giverny with orchestra members. Someone mentioned Simeon looks just like Justin Bieber, and even his Dad has noticed the similarity with his son’s hairstyle and Justin.

The cyclists had a field day today in the sunshine, and tomorrow it is back to work: a full afternoon rehearsal and evening concert at the Salle Pleyel in Paris.

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