We were in Paris to visit Olivier and Christianne and the weekend started with a bang literally, as we approached passport control we were quickly ushered back as the rest of the terminal was empty. Due to an unclaimed bag the bomb squad had been called in and the bag was the the victim of a controlled explosion.
Saturday night we walked from Olivier and Christianne’s apartment in the very cosmopolitan Daumansil(?) area along the regenerated derelict train line to the Bastille. June 21st is a festival of music every year in Paris with bands performing on every corner and in bars/restaurants. We decided we needed sustainance after walking 4 miles so we stopped for dinner at an old haunt(back in the day) of our guests called Le Square Trousseau, very old style bistro looked great……………….. the food was highly average so it must have gone down hill. We then just strolled around stopping for cocktails and listening to the most eclectic music ever. It semed like all of Paris was on the streets along with all the tourists. Our favourite bar was a Piano bar on a boat moored opposite Notre Dame on the Seine called O Fil De L’o. The quayside was just a melle of music and people having fun in the summer, Globe Troffers have to go! The wierdest bit was cycling, yes cycling back 5/6 miles at 1.45 am with people, cars and scooters everywhere. The Paris bike scheme is great, pick up a bike in one place and return it somewhere else, it’s cheap and clean(an adventure!!).
Sunday was chilled out with long walk in the park followed by lunch (fillet of beef, bread, Camembert all purchased in small local shops) at home accompanied by an exceptional red of Oliviers, 98 Louis Latour. After a rest we got the Metro to Bastille and had dinner at Chez Paul(13 Rue de Charonne 75011 Pais). We all had late season white asparagus with a shared Foie Gras all superb. Christiane had a mixed fish casserole, D had steak and the boys had sardines all excellent. Deserts were a mixed small selection that didn’t really work but the cheese and port followed by cognac finished off a must visit establishment if you are looking for traditional French Farmhouse cuisine. Then guess what we cycled home which was interesting after Sancerre and Haute Medoc…………..
On Monday we decided to take it easy and went to see old Mona Lisa at the Louvre. Lunch was at a walk in Italian(Giambattista il sardo, 7 rue de chevalier st. george paris 8e)over by the Madeleine Cathedral and you know what sometimes you’re just lucky. I had a fantastic Tuna tartare as a starter and D had a Salade de Caprese both spot on. For mains we both decided on a seafood Spaghetti which was excellent.
Then we flew back only for Jet 2 to lose D’s luggage.