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Paris and the Dordogne in late October

j.jessica.lee | Oct 11, 201304:40 PM

Hello again. I was just in France on my "honeymoon" back in April and had a fantastic time, as many of you know. We took that trip in between my fiance's jobs, not knowing whether his new boss would be able to give him a honeymoon after our real wedding (which is in a week!). She very generously did, and we have (a little sheepishly) decided to return to France. We were a bit chagrined and embarrassed at first, but ultimately decided that on our honeymoon, we didn't want to have to work hard to adjust and wonder if we would have a good time. So with full confidence and gusto, here we are again! How lucky are we?

We arrive at 11AM. Probably catch a quick lunch and some pastry in the afternoon. We are meeting friends that evening for dinner and are considering either returning to Josephine Chez Dumonet (I know, we did this last time, but that bourguignon....) or trying Chez Denise. The part of me that likes to cling to the familiar and tried and true wants to go back to JCD, but I also like being adventurous. It's hard being me. Imagine what goes on in my head. Any thoughts and personal opinions?

We have booked lunch at Le Cinq. I've been twice already, but he has never been. Am still on the fence as to whether I should pick someplace new for both of us, like Pierre Gagnaire, but this is a song that is sung over and over again on this board. I will not ask.

For dinner, we'll probably abstain or else have something very light. If we're ambitious, we may split a galette at our favorite Le Pot O Lait.

We head down to the Dordogne. TGV to Bordeaux, pick up our car, perhaps lunch in Bordeaux or the vicinity - considering La Tupina, Le Petit Commerce - and then off to Tremolat. We are staying at Le Vieux Logis and having dinner at Bistrot de la Place (formerly known as Bistrot d'en Face), the casual bistro there.

No concrete plans. Anyone been to the bakery in Tremolat? How are their pastries? We are hoping NOT to have to pay the $25 for breakfast at the hotel.... Hoping to see Lascaux caves, maybe the jardin de Marqueyssac (sp?), and Sarlat, maybe Perigueux. Dinner suggestions?

Same deal as Thursday, except we have dinner reservations at the main restaurant at Le Vieux Logis. Very excited.

Head back to Paris. Don't quite know what we are going to do food-wise. Thinking of Terroir Parisien, Chez Denise (if we don't do it on our first day), Au Bon Coin, Lazare, L'Auberge du 15, Rino, Les Climats... Outside of Terroir Parisien and Chez Denise, I wasn't able to get a wide feeling for these restaurants. They just seemed interesting. Can anyone give me personal preferences on these?

Our last day.... Dinner is booked at Axuria. Anything to make sure to order? Very much looking forward.

We are making Des Gateaux et du Pains our pastry base for breakfasts (except for our first morning, Tuesday, when they are closed....). We also plan to return to Le Rubis as it was a favorite of my fiance last time. We also hope to finally make it to Carl Marletti. Any other pastry (and other!) suggestions would be very, very welcome.

Thank you again. You guys are ze best.

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