Wednesday started with our first Metro ride. That’s right the Metro – what most people take except those crazy enough to continually pound the pavement. A was in search of a boulangerie near the “Tour Eiffel” that was famous for their croissants. After a sizable walk (yes, the joy of the Metro was behind us). We had a leisurely breakfast that included European style yogurt (the US is apparently the only country that hasn’t figured out how to make yogurt).
We journeyed towards yet another chocolaterie, “Maison du Chocolat,” where even I made a sizable purchase as this was recommended to him by Recchuiti in SF as the owner’s favorite chocolate, which says something. We then went to lunch at a “pizza, pasta” brasserie, “Del Papa.” My chorizo and mushroom pizza was good, but the chorizo was very strong.
We went from there to a fromagerie to pick up cheese and wine to enjoy in Luxembourg Gardens. The fromagerie had an amazing cheese selection, we picked out a brie and a strong camembert. We also got a 1/2 bottle of red wine. From there we got lost. There is a MasterCard ad that says “Lost in Paris, Priceless.” I wouldn’t say it was a priceless experience, but it wasn’t horrible either.
We made our way to the Metro and finally found our way to Luxembourg Gardens – 5 minutes after they closed! Turns out it was very near our hotel as well.
Dropped off the wine and cheese at the hotel and went to a pre-birthday dinner for A. We once again went with French food. Dave had foie gras with poached eggs in a pot with cream and fish with ratatouille. A had a goat cheese salad and steak tartare. The food was excellent. We went form there to the Pantheon and capped the night off with a drink at an Irish pub where English was the language of choice, a nice prelude to tomorrow’s trip to London.
(Side note from AB: there was another guy at the Irish pub that also was celebrating a birthday on the 15th, since we were there until midnight we wished each other happy birthday)