Bonjour Nos Amis,
Today was a whirlwind day that took us across the city and back. Over night a light rain cooled the city and brought us a slightly cooler day with over cast skies which was perfect given how much we walked.
The day began as usual with our breakfast of champions and continued Hobbit style with second breakfast (pix). We then made our way to the Vanves Flea Market where hundreds of vendors set up and sell their wares ranging from some of the nicest antiques to some of the finest junk you can find anywhere (see pix). The crowd there is always entertaining and we find it fascinating to watch how they react when we express any interest in an item. As soon as we start looking at something, they just all start crowding in and around us to see what we found just in case they missed something. Sometimes we start looking at something we have no interest in just to see how they react. It is too much fun. We found our favorite antique book dealer, Mark, and he showed us some beautiful 18th century books that we just fell in love with. All four volumes come from the same almanac which is base on the travels of different people to all parts of the world. The first volume was of the Carabbean and discusses all the islands and inhabitants and their customs. It has several spectacular plates that map each island as well as capturing the locals. The other three volumes are of the First and Second voyages of Captain Cook and include his travels to New Holland (now Australia) Tahiti and New Zealand. These three volumes also have many plates including a large fold out of the entire Southern Hemisphere and a translation page from French to the many languages of the island for several important words. I have included photos of some of the fold out plates for you to see.
Making such great finds works up an appetite so on the way home we stopped at a restaurant where we have never eaten before and what a find it was. I started with Ensalata del Ghittone and Mitch had the Crema di Melone (melon, tomato and cream). Both were beyond description. For our main we both had the Risotto allo Scoglio with white Truffle, Speck and Mushrooms. It was one of the best meals we have ever had (pix). We were over the moon happy.
We returned to our flat and were joined by our friend Amelie and we then made our way to the Jardin Tuileries to visit the annual Fete they are having there. The Jardin Tuileries were a part of the Royal Louvre Palace and are now beautiful public gardens. The Fete was so much fun and very much like a carnival or fair in the States – but without the bearded lady. The had some amazing rides for the kids and some insane ones for adults. Mitch and Amelie rode the Boule which was a steel cage ball attached to bungee cords. Once strapped in the 200 foot cranes began to stretch the bungee cords until finally the cage was released flinging it into the air at warp speed and achieving g forces of 6. I was so happy to be taking the photos because there was no way in hell I was going on that. I also managed to take video of the entire event which is amazing. Because of its size I can’t include it here but I will post it on my FB page when we return. There was also a camera mounted in the cage that captured their faces during the entire thing and that is too funny to watch and will also be added to my FB page when we return home. I did take some screen captures of the event that are at the end of the pictures – you will know which ones they are.
After the Fete we walk the Tuileries gardens and I took some additional photos. The French are unsurpassed in gardening and the Tuileries is one of the best. Filled with people enjoying the beautiful weather it is easy to spend hours just wandering about. I have included several pictures of the gardens, some with the Louvre in the background and others with the Place de la Concorde, Champs Elyse and Arch de Triumph in the background. Everywhere you look, Paris is a living breathing museum.
We then stopped for a coffee to rest our feet. After that we made our way to the an old above ground Train track that has been converted to a garden. I will have to include that in a later edition since we have so many pictures already.
Dinner was at the Imperial Cafe where we started with Escargot and Gaspaccio. Mitch and Amelie had the Boeuf Bourguignon and I had the Entrecote. We finished with Moelluex au chocolat (chocolate lava cake). Everything was delicious and after a long day and some great meals we were ready for some sleep.
The entries for yesterday’s contest are coming in fast and furious so make sure you don’t miss the deadline.
xxoPericles & Mitch