Lunch -- Not surprisingly, we could hardly eat anything at breakfast, so
we packed up the pastries and fruit, along with some of the baked goods
from the shopping trip the day before, and headed to the Eiffel Tower
and had a picnic lunch. I needed to stare at that lovely monument which
has spoken Paris to me for 37 years while dreaming of visiting. I
tried to soak it into my memory so it is burned there forever. Enjoyed
our picnic...the apple tarte from Poilane was good. I suspect it
suffered a bit from being a day old and would have been outstanding when
fresh from the oven. Loved the bread with some cheese, and ate up the
pastries and fruit.
Dinner -- Swinging way to the lowbrow end of the spectrum, we went to
Nos Ancetres les Gaulois for our final meal. We had seen it while
walking around Ile St. Louis and Glenn really wanted to go as it
reminded him of his Viking heritage. :) Indeed...it was a hoot! I would
rather have spent a quiet dinner reflecting on our time, but we did that
later in the evening on a boat ride on the Seine. This dinner was loud
and fun, and I imagine only got louder as the evening went on, with
all-you-can-drink wine from a barrel as part of the meal. They start by
brining an enormous basket of fresh vegetables with a crock of butter
and one of mayonnaise, and a huge basket of really good country bread
(like Poilane...not quite as fabulous, but excellent). Eat all you want.
Then go to the front of the place for a buffet of slice-it-yourself
sausages (various kinds of salami-type meats), different salads (some of
the best potato salad ever..kind of a creamy German-type, amazing), and
corn that was delicious. Sweet pickles to go with the spicy meat...yum.
One could easily make a full meal of this, but then coms the grilled
meats with side dishes. I had steak which was OK...a bit tough, but
flavorful. Glenn had lamb which he really liked, never having had it
grilled over fire before. Side dishes were blah (green beans, rice, and
ratatouille that was OK). We skipped the cheese platter because we were
full and needed to scoot to our boat ride, but the people next to us had
it and it was a lovely flat basket with about 10 different cheeses to
once again help yourself along with more bread. Glenn and I each had
the chocolate mousse for dessert and that was GREAT...DARK chocolate and
thick and fabulous. A man with guitar and costume walked around singing
fun French folk/bar songs that only a few tables knew, but they were
loud enough to carry it for all of us, and it was lots of fun.
Our final breakfast at the B&B and then I went to the Banette patisserie
just down the road to get a couple of goodbye treats for the road.
Wound up eating them on the curb while we waited for our shuttle. A
wonderful, buttery and crumbly financier and a napoleon that was
heavenly...only ate half of it as it was huge and really rich with
pastry cream to die for and the layers of mille-feuille were crispy and
So thats our week in Paris...meal by meal.
P.S. The food on Air France was pretty good!!! (But I didnt write it
down, so have no record of it...except to say that there was always
cheese, and the wine was free!)