FRANCE in MAYSome of the jet lag is leaving us now but we are still concious that every minute in France is precious and we are so enjoying sharing our past experiences with our family. To see the amazed looks on the girls who have never been here and having Andrew and Ashley with us is pure joy.
We went back to our cafe/tabac for breakfast this morning rather than the hotel. We tend not to eat at places we stay and for good reason. When we returned to the cafe, the owner recognised us and immediately asked the girls if they would have chocolate chaud again! That was nice.
|Breakfast - Place Sorbonne.|
When I suggested to Sue about Paris or diamonds for her 60th birthday she chose Paris and now she has both.
|A diamond for Sue from Andrew and Ashley.|
After wandering down Boulevard Saint Michel, taking in the book shops, the St Michel Fontaine and then walking beside the Seine with the little book shop stalls, we hopped No. 21 bus for Opera and Galleries Lafayette. But it went the wrong way - ooops. Off at the next stop and cross the road for the next No. 21 going the right way.
|Pots and pans hanging above a cafe.|
|Painted leaves and windows on a wall.|
A pichet of Rose to share and good company, what more could you wish for. After lunch we took the crew up to the rooftop for that magnificent view of Paris. Opera Garier, the Tower, Champs Elysee, Sacre Coeur - all viewed as the sun was shining over Paris - well for the moment anyway.
|Galleries Lafayette's advertising posters intrigue me.|
|The stained glass roof of Galleries Lafayette - not enhanced by a certain photographer that will remain anonymous.|
|Opera Garnier from the top of Galleries Lafayette.|
|Over the rooftops.|
|And the pedestrians pit their courage against the Parisian drivers.|
Paris Posters are something that intrigue me. On buses, newspaper stalls or on shop windows - it doesn't matter, I just have to get my camera out. I mean really after pointing the camera so many times at the iconic Parisienne scenes, what more can you do. I like French humour and creativity in their posters.
|Hmmmm, very interesting from Coca Cola here in Paris.|
|Buses with posters waiting outside Opera Garnier.|
|The movie house just around the corner from our hotel.|
I wonder if they have English sub titles!!!
|Before dinner we decided that it might just be the Chardonnay hour so we relaxed with a glass or three of Chardy while catching up with our favourite blogs - Hi Martine!!!|
DINNER at Le PETIT CHATELET
There's knocking at the door of our hotel room - its family telling us its time to celebrate Sue's birthday at Le Petit Chatelet next door to Shakespeare and Company. Tell you more when we get back.
The meal was great and the Maitre 'd had a wonderful sense of humour. He would pretend when you tried to make a request in French, to get it wrong such as when Sue requested the wine as rouge - oh, you want water?????
Value for money, the meal was excellent with an entree, the main and desert and a glass of sticky to finish off. The wines did not dissappoint either. I ordered a very nice Sancerre blanc and a rouge from the Roussillion district at 30 euro each. We would pay much more for the same back home.
|Mushrooms with garlic.|
|Escargo in a creamy sauce with a pastry top.|
|Tart fine with chèvre and pistou.|
|Ham and Melon|
|Lamb Brochette cooked on the open grill.|
After breakfast this morning we hit the TGV from Gare de Lyon to Marseilles for a two night stay - hoping to taste some great food.