Great apartment, sights & food
06.07.2009 - 09.07.2009 20 °C
We had a great time in Paris! We had 4 days exploring the city and the boys in particular are enjoyed the sites and the food. What can be said about this city that hasn't been said before?
We had smooth trip from Glasgow into Paris and through the Parisian traffic to our apartment. Paying for the transfer from the airport to the apartment was worth it. After settling in and getting orientated on the Metro we made for the Arc de Triomphe and its 360 degree views of this wonderful city and 9 converging avenues creating traffic chaos.
Our days start with sight in the morning, back to the apartment for lunch and down time, venturing out for further sight seeing in the late afternoon and back the apartment again for dinner. We have managed one meal out, but more on that later.
In addition to the Arc de Triomphe we have battled the crowds at the Eiffel Tower,
Musee de Orsay,
the Musee de Louvre,
Jardin de Luxembourg,
and the Cathedral de Notre Dame.
The Jardin de Luxembourg, a park on the south side of the Seine, which has a large children's playground and the boy's favourite so far. Paying 11 euro ($20) for the privilege, the boys played on numerous whiz bang play things. They struck up a friendship with a few of the local boys and through a bit of English and French negotiated games of “hide and seek” and “tips”.
We continue to see interesting sites and other tourists. Of particular note is this American family of 4 who on the different days we came across them were wearing matching tie dyed t-shirts, different colours on each day.
Our apartment is in rue Rambuteau within a block from the Centre Georges Pompidou. The convenience of self catering at the apartment is great and we have all we need on our street block, with a number of fruit and vege shops, bakeries, butchers, cafes, bistros, supermarkets and a fish shop. It appears they take it in turns to close for a day and on the days they are open they close for 2-3 hours a day. Whilst busy on the street all the time, as soon as we enter the solid timber doors into our apartment block it is quiet. The apartment is small but adequate, we just make sure we get the boys out and about.
Wednesday night we splurged on a meal out at the restaurant Auberge Nicolas Flamel, located in the oldest house still standing in Paris which dates back to the 14th Century.
It was the house of the alchemist Nicolas Flamel, now made famous as a sorcerer in Harry Potter. We were not disappointed by the food, Angela and I went for the 5 course degustation menu with matching wines.
The menu featured fois gras served with a caramelised fig, prawns, fish, lamb and a rich caramel tart matched with champaign to finish.
On our final afternoon we wandered around our local area – the Marais.
We bought some delights from the Patesserie and enjoyed them in the grounds of Place de Voges.
Our final stop was the Pompidou – Museum of Modern Art at the end of our street.