Bonjour to all our friends,
As usual our bags were packed (pix) as we anxiously awaited for the car to the airport. We arrived in Paris on time and to beautiful weather. Our flight on Air France was, as always, wonderful with their Business Class seats being a truly amazing way to fly (pic). Our friend Amelie, who we met on our last flight to Paris, and who works for Air France switched her schedule around so she was working on this flight out too which was really sweet. She made sure we were taken care of beyond the always great service on Air France. Shortly after departing, we were treated to a spectacular sunset (pic) as it colored the clouds with amazing orange, yellows and purple.
After settling in, dinner service began. As our returning readers know, each meal is an adventure for us so we will be including detailed descriptions and photos of most of our meals. Each course has a corresponding photo unless otherwise noted. L’Amuse-bouche as a Breadstick with blue cheese and coppa and was a bite-sized piece of heaven. Next was the appetizer of Maine Lobster with wasabi mayonnaise and mango salad. This was really delicious with just enough heat to wake you up. For the main course I had the Breast of Chicken with sauteed wild mushrooms, asparagus and fondante potatoes. Mitch had the Pan-seared tournedo of beef with truffle butter mashed potatoes with horseradish and buttered asparagus. Both were wonderfully flavorful and perfectly cooked. For dessert we had the dessert trio of apricot macaroon with lavender, blueberry delight and milk chocolate cake with bergamot. We couldn’t resist and also had the Sorbet. All tasted like they had just been prepared by David at the Four Seasons, but not quite as good so nothing to worry about.
After dinner we watch a movie and then went to sleep for a few hours. The flight was lightening fast at only 9 1/2 hours. Usually it is 10 1/2 but strong tail winds cut it short. For breakfast we enjoyed Crepes with scrambled eggs and cheese with juice and pastry. OMG! It was all so good and we hadn’t even landed yet. We are in so much trouble.
Once we landed the expediter met us and we whisked through customs in less than 1 minute. Amelie finished her work and met us at baggage claim where we then had a car take us to…wait for it…her parents apartment. She generously offered to let us stay there since her parents are in the country side for the summer. Being Americans this was such an unexpected offer, but we gladly accepted. It is a beautiful double apartment with three bedrooms, two kitchens and a view of the Eiffel Tower in the distance. I know we are really roughing it. We are so blessed to have such great friends. I have attached a few photos from the balcony. The apartment is in the 14 arrondissement where we have never stayed before so we have much exploring to do. For those who may not know, Paris is broken down into 20 arrondissement or districts which spiral out from the center like a snail. In the past we have mostly stayed in the 7th and explored out from there so having a new place to wonder around it is very exciting.
After we settled in to our new apartment, we cleaned up and then met Amelie for dinner. We walked to Les Petites Sorcieres which is owned by a Michelin Stared chef, where we dined on a magnificent meal which I would love to describe in more detail, but it is now past 11pm local time and we are both ready to drop so I will let you enjoy it via the photos. I will say that the dessert was spectacular. It was a chocolate mousse layered with the most delicate meringue I have ever tasted beautifully covered with thin sheets of dark chocolate. Suffice it to say it was brilliant.
Pericles & Mitch