We awoke Friday morning with the realization of how many steak frites, Croque Monsieurs, eclairs, Ile Flottantes, espressos and macarons remained in Paris despite our best efforts over the past week. (We made absolutely no dent in city’s supply of escargot, cervelle de veau and tripe – it’s all still there waiting for the rest of you!)
And sights remained to be seen – we sadly scratched Notre Dame from our list since we had been there on our last trip. Montmartre and the Latin Quarter will have to wait until we visit again. But we still had one glorious day left in Paris and we set out to enjoy:
From the Centre Pompidou, we wandered through the streets of Le Marais, which is now one of our favorite neighborhoods of Paris. Soon, of course, it was time to eat, and cafes and brasseries are plentiful in that neighborhood.
After lunch, we walked to the Place de Vosges, billed (correctly) as one of the most beautiful squares in the city. As a bonus, we were able to tour the Maison de Victor Hugo there. I believe he wrote Les Miserables while living in this home.
Next stop was the beautiful Jardin du Luxembourg:
As we made our way back along Blvd. St-Germain-des-Pres, one of my “must-do’s” appeared right in front of us. Voila! We stopped for a cup of le chocolat chaud at Le Deux Magots cafe, made famous by its famous patrons, including Hemingway, Picasso, Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir.
A perfect end to our last afternoon in Paris…