Day two in Paris! Our guests all enjoyed a long and well deserved rest last night and so were ready to tackle a day of eating, drinking and exploring some of the beautiful sights of Paris.
We travelled to the Bastille in the early afternoon to enjoy a typical bistro lunch at one of our favourite go-to places, Paul Bert. We enjoyed white asparagus, haricot vert salad with shaved summer truffles, sole with roasted potatoes, and roasted suckling pig. Not to mention the best coffee of the trip, so far, accompanied by a beautiful little canelé. The morning weather had been a bit rainy but by the time we emerged from the restaurant, well fed and very happy, the sun came out to greet us.
We made our way by metro down to the always stunning Place de la Concorde and did a walking tour that took us through the Jardin des Tuileries to the Louvre and then down along rue de Coquillière to make a brief detour into the incomparable cooking equipment store E. Dehillerin. From there, as the temperatures were approaching 30 degrees C, we ducked into the majestic St. Eustache church for some cool quiet time. This church is such a magical place with beautiful shafts of light, flickering candles and is the perfect place for some quiet contemplation.
Tomorrow we are off early to the organic market on Boulevard Raspail before heading back to our flat to tie on our aprons and cook Sunday lunch together. Mussels in white wine with herbs, Alsatian tarts and a green salad with a dijon vinaigrette and walnuts are all on the menu. For dessert we will be making some madeleines to go along with some tea we picked up at Marriage Frere.
It promises to be another delicious day.