We are just back from 8 wonderful nights in Paris.
I thought I would share some of the highlights. There is nothing all that new here, so this will be an abbreviated type of trip report with some personal opinions and observations.
A little about us. We are mid fifties, empty nesters and this was our fourth trip to Paris.
We decided to try the rental route this time and are very happy we did. We rented from Guest Apartments and were very pleased with their service and the beautiful apartment.
It had a lovely view of Notre Dame from the expansive living room windows. The huge space allowed us to do a little entertaining.
Where we ate:
Musee D'Orsay -lunch
Le Tastevin (twice)
Les Ombres - lunch
110 Taillevent -lunch
L'As du Falafel- lunch
Cafe Marley- lunch
Le Verre Volé
Le Reminet - lunch
110 Taillevent was, in my opinion the highlight of our wining and dining. Food was fabulous and a unique opportunity to try some incredible wines by the glass.
Les Ombres, although I was not expecting great food,I was not expecting terrible food.
A complete waste of time and money. We went for the view, which is spectacular as well is the space, but food bordered on inedible.
We love Allard, it is must for us as it was the first restaurant in which we dined many years ago. The duck with olives is good, not great, but very good.
Bofinger , a creme of chestnut soup that I will dream about for many years.
Cafe Marley on a beautiful day is priceless. We enjoyed a wonderful bottle of Meursault with our lunch and some the best people watching of the week.
Semilla, interesting concept, good homey food. One of my husband's favorite evenings as he was sitting next to Natalie Portman. Personally, I find her ballet dancer husband far more fascinating.
Spring- It was an interesting evening, food was great , but I probably would not go back. They do not have menus, serving everyone the same all evening. They ask if there are any food allergies or restrictions, to which we answered no. Although venison is something I have never been able to get past, so I had a bit of a difficult time with the main course.
Le Verre Volé- in the 10th, a very casual place with their own wine store. We have young friends who are living Paris with their 1 year old son and this is where they wanted to take us as it is one of their favorites. Food was absolutely wonderful, and tried some of their favorite organic wines.
Petite Pontoise was the only place we went on the suggestion of the rental agency.
Food was by good, but hated the atmosphere. Too bright, loud, and filled with tourists.
Le Tastevin. Great food, great atmosphere and after the second night Annick was bringing us Veille Prune and kissing us good- bye.
Les Bouquinistes - just reopened after a complete redecoration.It is now very modern, black and silver, very hip, but still fantastic food. Another Guy Savoy hit.
We stopped into Café Laurent at the D'Aubusson on four evenings for a nightcap and jazz. A perfect way to to end many perfect days.
Where we visited:
Grand Palais- saw the new Miss Dior exhibit.
Louvre- we like to pick one area to concentrate on for an hour or two.
Musee Cognac-Jaq - a miss in my opinion
Musee Nissim Comando- wonderful private home and collection with a sad family history.
Notre Dame- must take a walk through since we were staying across the street!
Saint Germaine L'Auxerras
Saint Chapelle- for a wonderful evening concert
Dehilleron- brought home 2 more copper pans to add to the collection
Le Grand Epicerie- a few goodies to cook with
Many wine stores, boulangeries, local markets. Did a little picnicking in our apartment for our last lunch. We bought a roasted chicken, best baguette of the week, cheeses , pâté, and. Pear tarte, with a bottle of Saint Joseph.
What I would do differently if I could:
Not gone to Les Ombres
Eat less Foie Gras
What I would do again:
Just about everything
Eat more Foie Gras
We walked everywhere this trip, despite a lot of rain. It really gave us an opportunity to get to know the city a bit better. It was wonderful to visit with friends and see how they are adjusting to their new life in Paris.
I always make out a detailed itinerary for every trip and we often end up doing half of my expectations. I thought we would make it to Chartres this visit, but each day that went by, we slowed down a little more, ate a little more, enjoyed another bottle of wine , stayed out until one AM listening to jazz and simply did not want to loose a day out of Paris.
It was a wonderful week and I am already planning our next trip.
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We are just back from 8 wonderful nights in Paris.