CONTEST ALERT: There is a contest at the end of this journal so please make sure to read it all (or at least the end part)
Bonjour Nos Amis,
We enjoyed a nice night’s sleep and awoke early to the sounds of the market in the square in front of our apartment. They have a wonderful market that sets up on Tuesdays and Fridays. So we decided after breakfast we would check it out. I went to the Boulangerie next door to get us some fresh Croissants and Pain au Chocolat. We made espresso and set up on the balcony to enjoy (pic). They were so amazingly good. And still warm from the oven!! The pastry was so light and flaky that it was falling apart as we picked it up. Then the butter just oozed out of them. Just too good.
After cleaning up we walked across the street to the market where they had an extraordinary assortment of Fish, Foul, Meat, Cheese, Fruits and Vegetables along with a florist with the tallest Sun Flowers. I have attache several photos for you of it along with one with Mitch next to the Sun Flowers for perspective.
We then decided to visit one of our favorite afternoon spots, The Jardin Luxembourg. Originally built by Catherine De Medici, the chateau is now the home of the French Senate with the gardens a public space. It has been years since we have seen it during the summer in full bloom. The flowers are one of the the highlights of the Jardin which are meticulously cared for each and every day. On any given day you can watch children playing in one of the many play areas or people lounging on the lawn or sunning themselves on chairs in the ever fickle Paris sun. There are tennis courts, bee hives, cafes and fountains with motorized boats for kids or adults to operate. We decided to purchase our favorite lunch (pic) and sit on a bench in the shade and just take in the sights. I have included several pictures of the Jardin from the main entrance. There are also two links below for some really interesting historical facts on the Chateau and Jardin.
After resting back at the apartment for a little while we went to the gym to try to work off some of the food we have so enjoyed. After, I took a picture of the Eiffel Tower and the Champs de Mars as I walked to meet Mitch at our favorite Bistro La Terrasse in the 7th arrondissment. We have been eating there since our very first trip over 10 years ago. It just feels like home. As with every cafe, bistro, restaurant and hole in the wall in Paris, La Terrasse has thrown open their doors allowing their chairs and tables to spill out on to the sidewalks so Parisian and tourists alike can soak in the the beautiful summer sun. For dinner we first had water with a bucket of ice on the side. As our long time friends, and fellow Paris visitors, Tom and Mollie can attest, acquiring a bucket of ice in Paris is a luxury not to be taken lightly. We then had cheese burgers and fries for dinner, eaten with a knife and fork – Parisian style. That was followed by the Roi of Ice Cream – Bethillon. We each has a small scoop of the Salted Caramel which not only melts in our mouth but will melt your knees as well. At $7.00 for a small scoop, it is a true treasure not to be missed.
There is no better way to end a day than sitting on the Champs de Mars people watching and Eiffel Tower watching. As we sat we watched the grass fill with people who enjoyed wine, champagne and food and took in the sights and good company as the wound down from their week. I have included a few pictures of the Tower and the park as it filled with people. On the walk home – it was past 9pm and still quite bright out – I took several pictures of cafes bursting out on to the sidewalks with people enjoying great food and great weather.
Now to our contest. The last picture in the list is from the Market across the street from our apartment. It is of a big red fish with another fish in its mouth. Today’s contest is to come up with the best and funniest caption. All entries will be assessed by our editorial department and judged not only for humor but originality as well. All entries must be received by the end of the day Sunday, August 25th Paris time. The winner will be announced in a future France Journal. Mitch and I have already created one – but it will not count as we cannot enter the competition. Ours is “This tasted just like Chicken.”
That is all for today. Until tomorrow…
Pericles & Mitch