Bonjour to all our friends & family,
We can’t believe that it has been a year since our last issue. The wait has been long and we are thrilled to be in the City of Light and Love once again. During our last trip we decided to extend this trip to a month to give us the opportunity to really settle in and enjoy ‘living’ in the city. To that end, we rented a beautiful apartment in the 17th which truly captures what we consider to be the quintessential ‘French’ apartment while still providing some of the amenities that we spoiled Americans are used to i.e. large bathrooms and kitchen
As always we flew Air France and were treated to an amazing flight on the A380. This amazing aircraft can only be described as a small city that flies. Smooth and quiet, it is almost hard to tell you are hurtling through space (well not space but you get the point) at 600 miles an hour. With its two decks one can almost get lost walking around. This is our second time on this aircraft and we truly love it. We took a couple of photos on the stairs leading up the the second deck and one in our seats (see pix). The flight was full so getting shots of the rest of the airplane was logistically dangerous. Along with the magnificent airplane, we were well cared for by the attentive crew and dined on some delicious dishes created by Michelin starred chef Joel Robuchon. The amuse bouche was Quail egg blini caviar, scallop canape with salmon, Parma ham canape with Parmesan cheese. For the first course, Mitch enjoyed the Maine Lobster and I ordered the Grilled Breast of Quail, however I was also given, by mistake, the Green and White Asparagus. All was delectable. For the main course Mitch had the Maryland Crab Cake with New England Sauce and I had the Braised Beef Cheek with Red Wine Sauce. We both finished with the same dessert – Paris-Brest with Mango Sorbet (see pix). The meal was wonderful with everything cooked to perfection.
After diner we watch a little tv and then they made the beds for us (pic). As I said we were really well cared for and quite spoiled. I slept for several hours as did Mitch. We then enjoyed a wonderful breakfast of Croque-Monsieur for Mitch and Crepes with Berries for me (see pix). The flight was over before we knew and we were on our way to the apartment.
We had seen many photos of the apartment at A La Carte, the company we rented it from, but they paled in comparison to the real thing. The building is gorgeous with a beautiful entry portico that leads to the inner entrance which is beautiful dark wood. The apartment has traditional ornate moldings and stunning French Doors (but here they are just doors) along with parquet hardwood floors throughout. The kitchen is large enough for us to be able to cook and really experience living in Paris rather than just visiting. It will also help our waistlines not having to eat every meal out. I have attached several photos of the apartment from the front to the inside and one showing the very tiny lift. After dropping off our luggage, we made our way to a local gym and signed up for the month. We then went to the local grocery store and bought some things for breakfast tomorrow. Lunch did not happen given the timing of our day so we had an early dinner of entrecote and pomme frites at Millesime a local bistro we have been to several times before. Hot and tired, we took a short walk to Parc Monceau, a wonderful park very close to us that was built in 1778 by a cousin of then King Louis XVI. I only took one photo but will follow-up with many more as it is a favorite place of ours. Some of our readers from last year might remember one or our contest photos that was taken there. Wink, wink. More to come this year I am sure.
We made our way home with a short stop at Le Notre for a little dessert. We then unpacked, cleaned up and are now ready for bed. Tomorrow the adventure continues. Until then…bon nuit.
Mitch & Pericles