14 August 2015

Le Restaurant

Hi, dear readers. Thank you for the sweet comments and inquiries on the Mad Hatter Party post that was pre scheduled. Thursday was our first day home after five weeks away, and it  has been a long time since I've posted, because the internet connections in Italy are slow. Though I am happy to report that they were much better in Paris!

We spent almost four weeks in Italy, and a little over a week in Paris. When my daughter finished her studies and playing, we took the overnight train from Venice through Switzerland to Paris. It was quite the adventure. We had a sleeper car all to ourselves. At that point we became a group of three because my spouse joined us.













This is one of the restaurants in the Musee D' Orsay; the museum that houses much of the impressionist collection. In my opinion, it's the most beautiful restaurant dining room that I have ever seen.  It was recently redone in 2013-2014.  The chairs are by Edra and designed by the Italian artist Jacopo Foggini.  It is a new technique, and they remind me of murano glass, but  I think they are a polycarbonate.












The rainbow hued chairs are a stunning contemporary contrast to the ornate gilded splendor of this dining room's walls and murals painted by Gabriel Ferrier in 1900 and the older plainer parquet floors.  Yet, they are perfect.
























































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The dining room serves French cuisine. I'm sorry to say that we tried to use our French in Paris, but everyone quickly goes to English, which is the opposite of my experience 25 years ago. The French speak English really well.








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42 comments:

  1. Welcome back Su! Would love to see Italy through your eyes!

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  2. Oh, welcome back dearest Su! What a delightful adventure...I have always dreamed of visiting Italy and Paris! And what an amazingly beautiful restaurant...it is really exquisite! So lovely to see pictures!
    Have a beautiful weekend further...and enjoy settling back into your home!
    Hugs!

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  3. welcome back and I am glad you had a great time!

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  4. Welcome home Su so happy you had such a wonderful adventure. That restaurant is beautiful.
    Have a wonderful week end.
    Kris

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  5. Welcome home Su, you've been missed. I love the restaurant and the choice of unique chairs that light up like gem stones. I also love how they took the ceilings paintings and tied it into the menu. Which I hope one of those pretty menus came home with you. Rest and come back and share your daughters studies and all your adventures with us.
    xoxo,
    Vera

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  6. What a fabulous experience! Love the restaurant. You must have had such a wonderful time - the sleeper car :-O, Paris, Italy - sigh...

    Welcome home! xox

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  7. I 'd love a tea party there. :):) I love the fabulous ceiling. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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  8. Sounds like a wonderful trip! I loved seeing the restaurant photos. That particular museum is on my list if I can pry my husband loose from Alabama. I may have to go without him!

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  9. Welcome home, it is so lovely to hear from you again!

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  10. Welcome back Su! I'm so glad that you all had a nice vacation! Paris and Italy....you can't go wrong with that combination...and what a gorgeous restaurant!!

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  11. The legs did not seem to go with the chairs. Maybe if they were silver colored or something. Cool and unique tho.

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  12. What wonderful memories you are making.... Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures.

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  13. Hello, Su! What a fan-freakin-tastic post! Oh, how wonderful....your trip sounds divine! A wonderful way to escape the Arizona heat! The restaurant is truly stunning. I would love to visit the museum!

    I've missed you! What was your daughter studying abroad?

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    1. Thank you, RJ. I agree. It is stunning! She was accepted to study and perform on piano in a summer program. It is a really great learning experience. Last year, we were so lucky that when we returned to Arizona the heat was starting to wind down! :) xoxo Su

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  14. Beautiful photos of the restaurant! Those chairs are amazing, are they an acrylic? Glad you made it home safely, but you do realize you came back to the Hottest week of the year?? May you stay inside and stay cool! Blessings, Cindy

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  15. I haven't been to that museum for ages and now I think I need to go back to see the newly decorated restaurant!

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  16. It's beautiful...an eclectic mix of old and new...the chairs are amazing.

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  17. It's beautiful...an eclectic mix of old and new...the chairs are amazing.

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  18. Welcome home, Su! It sounds like you guys and another wonderful adventure abroad! That restaurant is a dream for anyone who loves color...me! Thanks for sharing the pretty! :)

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  19. OOO, what a lovely trip this must have been. WOW...5 weeks...that's a pretty long while...so glad you enjoyed it so much.
    Love all your great photos. Glad you are home safe and sound....

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  20. What an amazing restaurant! How wonderful you were able to travel Europe together. What a dream for me to travel to Europe with my girls! Can't wait to see more! Welcome home! xoxo Jen

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  21. Welcome home! Hope you had a wonderful summer. Your pictures from the museum are stunning. It has been 17 yrs since I have been there, I'm sure it has changed a lot. Lokking forward to hearing more about your travels. Jen x

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  22. Wow-I have never seen anything like those chairs! It's always inspiring to see artists use materials in such a unique way. They truly look like glass, and fit in perfectly with the luxurious decor. Thanks for sharing such an amazing space. Sounds like your trip was wonderful!!

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  23. Hi sweet friend and welcome home! It's so good to visit you....I have missed your pretty posts :)

    My, what a stunning restaurant! Those chairs are stunning :) Hugs to you!

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  24. Hello Dear Friend,
    I am so excited for you to share more of your journey. How fun and so special to be a family traveling together.
    I love the chairs, wow! All of your photos are amazing.
    Have a great week.
    Carla

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  25. The Musee d' Orsay was one of my favorites, but it has been 16 years since I was in Paris.

    What a wonderful experience for your daughter and of course you. And, how wonderful that your husband joined you this time.

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  26. What a fabulous holiday and gorgeous photos! Thanks for taking us along.
    Amalia
    xo

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  27. What a beautiful restaurant. Oh, to be able to one day travel to Europe is a dream of mine. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Welcome back.

    Hugs,
    ❤️Ana

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  28. What an enchanting place to visit. I am totally in love. Such magnificent beauty and craftmanship. I did not make it to The Musee d'Orsay when I visited Paris but I did manage to see enough to make me fall in love with Paris.

    So glad you got to spend time with your family in Italy. That is wonderful.

    Thank you for sharing. Glad to see you back.

    Janet

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  29. What a wonderful trip that must have been! Thank you for sharing some of the beauty with the rest of us. Breathtaking!
    Debbie

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  30. How glorious ! Traveling, seeing such wonders.I was so stunned by the beauty of the restaurant.

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  31. Welcome back. It's wonderful to see you blogging again. I adore that beautiful restaurant and those chairs... Wow! Everything about that room was truly breathtaking... :)

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  32. That room is incredible, Su! I'll bet the food was too ;)

    I've always heard that the French wouldn't speak English, but maybe it's changed because they read about everyone complaining about it since the internet was born lol

    Glad you had a fun and safe trip :)

    xo,
    rue

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    1. Well maybe in Paris... I suspect it would be different if we spent time in the countryside. In Italy, except for the German area of the alps, I use my Spanish quite a bit. I can get by with Spanish in Italy, because it is close enough to Italian. In the German part, people speak some English and some do quite well.

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  33. Welcome back and thank you for sharing your gorgeous photos with us! The murals are spectacular and the chairs sparkle like jewels!

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  34. Simply gorgeous! Those chairs are amazing. Welcome home!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  35. !hat an amazingly beautiful restaurant. It is really exquisite! I love the photos.

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  36. I have been missing you and decided to stop over and see what you are up to...ok...I see your last post was in Aug....I surely am hoping you are somewhere, having lots of fun and not having problems.
    Love to you, bj

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  37. Those chairs are amazing. Both this post and your latest are making me miss and long to go back to France. I hope you had a magical trip!

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    1. Thank you, it was such a wonderful and beautiful trip. We got around fine, things were flaring up a bit at the trains, so we did not get to England, but we had a fantastic time anyway!
      I agree on the chairs! If we had the room, my daughter and I agree that we would love one to pair with her French secretary desk. She likes a bit of modern and color.
      Thank you for visiting. I'm going to start catch up on visiting. xoxo Su

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  38. Oh le restaurant is beautiful and what a treat just to set there and admire the surroundings.

    Sounds like you had a trip others dreams about, I was recently in Paris however just a short time

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