In the morning Fred and I ventured out to look at a few things while Emily slept. We got together at one of our all time favorite lunch spots, Cuisine de Bar. They have actually just opened up a second on in the Marais. We had walked by it the day before. Same concept but we stuck with the old school. I love this place. They start you off with a green salad mixed with country mustard sauce.
The menu is just tartines. Large slices of bread from Poillane bakery ( because it is their restaurant ) that are toasted in wall broilers. That is their only oven. I had one with roasted tomatoes slathered across the top and then topped with goat cheese, coppa and a few pieces of basil. Then that is stuck under the broiler for a few second until the coppa gets crispy and the cheese melts. It is just perfect.
It was a top ten day when it came to the weather so we just walked. We left the left bank and took one of the bridges where no cars go over to the right bank. Couples have been putting locks on the bridges forever to seal their love but over the years they take them off. Not sure what happened but they stopped doing it. I can not even imagine where there is space for another lock. They even sell the locks on the bridge now. Not as charming as it used to be.
We strolled around the Palais Royale which is still under construction. I am sure that the stores and restaurants surrounding the park will cheer when they finish. We continued over to St. Honore and had a coke light at one of the cafes we always stop at. Of course a trip to Colette to see the latest and greatest. Then back to the hotel. These statues are part of an installation in the Place Vendome. Very cool.
Back to the room for a little nap before a late dinner.
We were going to check out Bones last night but they could not make a shift for another person. No worries we returned to Bistro Paul Bert where we had been before. It is as good as I remember.
We got there at 10 but they were running late and could not seat us so quickly. They honestly could not have been nicer. They sat us at the bar, where there was only 3 seats, the second the people had got up from before. The bartender, who also runs the place, gave us each a glass of wine on him. Then he allowed us to choose what we wanted to eat so by the time we sat down our food would come out.
For dessert we each got something. At Paul Bert there is one price for three things; appetizer, main and dessert so we went for it. Emily ordered the chocolate fondant. An intense rich brownie sitting in a vanilla cream sauce.
A quick trip but a great trip. Paris, next to NYC, is definitely my favorite city in the world.