Strolling and Eating…C’est Paris!

Bonjour,

It’s the morning after again and I’m just writing yesterday’s blog.  We came in so tired last night and then slept in!  What a wonderful life.  We’re counting down the days as there are only six more to go!  Our trip is a little shorter this year, seven weeks instead of eight, and that was because we were unsure about how my knee would do. Surprisingly, it has done great and decreased in size due to all the exercise. It is almost identical to the good knee. I still know it’s there especially going down steps. The elevator was a great choice and saved me, I think.

Yesterday was laundry in the morning and then a gentle stroll around the Place Vendome area. The Ritz is still under renovation as is the entire square.  The signage says the work will be completed in ten months and it’s now been two years!  C’est Paris (That’s Paris!)  Here are some pics of our stroll with captions.

The Ritz under renovation

The Ritz under renovation

The famous Place Vendome Tower still under renovation.

The famous Place Vendome Tower still under renovation.

For our Huntsville friends, here's the window at Bucellatti's.  The silver animals at the Huntsville Museum of Art were done by this designer.  You can see the resemblance.

For our Huntsville friends, here’s the window at Buccellati’s. The silver animals at the Huntsville Museum of Art were done by this designer. You can see the resemblance.

A beautiful storefront window of Nina's

A beautiful storefront window of Nina’s

Eric Kayser on rue Danielle Casanova, one of the five best boulongeries for a croissant.  They have a little eatery inside and we recommend for an inexpensive Paris lunch.  A sandwich, dessert and drink is 13 euros; a salad, dessert and drink is 10.50.  Not bad!

Eric Kayser on rue Danielle Casanova, one of the five best boulongeries for a croissant. They have a little eatery inside and we recommend for an inexpensive Paris lunch. A sandwich, dessert and drink is 13 euros; a salad, dessert and drink is 10.50. Not bad!

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Peggy Bilbro, this is for you!

Peggy Bilbro, this is for you!

Here's the spot for all the coffee cups.

Here’s the spot for all the coffee cups.

The lovely Opera House, Palais Garnier

The lovely Opera House, Palais Garnier

Always the bubble man in the area around Le Palais Royale.

Always the bubble man in the area around Le Palais Royale.

Last evening we had a special dinner with Bernie’s son, his significant other, Stephen, their friend and roomie Monica, and the Bilbros.  Our choice was a small, intimate spot on Ile St. Louis called L’Ilot Vache, the place of the cows.  Cows did indeed used to graze on the island many, many years ago.  Though the restaurant has been upgraded, there are a few remaining  cow ornaments like these bells, imageand the talk of the night was the new TOTO toilet with all of its bells and whistles!  Alas, no photos of that!

Jim Bilbro took many of these photos, and I took a few with my iPhone.  He gave me the honor of posting them!  Paris is always great but even better when you can share it with family and friends.

Peggy and James

Peggy and James

Jim's dessert

Jim’s dessert

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Lamb or Cote d’Ageau

Les escargots or snails

Les escargots or snails

Foie gras, prepared hot

Foie gras, prepared hot

Boeuf Bourguignon

Boeuf Bourguignon

Interior shot of L'Ilot Vache

Interior shot of L’Ilot Vache

À bientôt,

Linda & Bernie