Alas, Our Last Friday in Paris

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!)

Rest assured - plenty of Tete de Veau in supply for your visit to France! (image from

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:

First order of business: a 25-year-later photo of the CE at the Pompidou Center

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.

We must keep the CE well-nourished so he has energy for writing his travel tips!

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.

Our favorite room in Victor Hugo's home at the Place de Vosges

Next stop was the beautiful Jardin du Luxembourg:

The stately Luxembourg Palace

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…


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Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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3 Responses to Alas, Our Last Friday in Paris

  1. polloplayer says:

    Emperor du Pollo here with Traveler’s Tip #9: The Beautiful American (BA)

    Enough of this talk of The Ugly American. Let’s hear it for the most refined, subdued, considerate and informed specimen: The Beautiful American. Today’s tips tell you how to be that person while abroad.

    The ideal BA, while contemplating important works of art, does not carry on loudly in front of the piece with boring stories of how he changed out the transmission on that old “57 Chevy with only a screwdriver and a 12 pack of Bud Lite. No, the BA shows respect for the piece by moving quickly by so others who actually understand what they are looking at can appreciate the moment.

    In refined understatement, the BA teaches himself to like dangerously strong doses of espresso served in thimbles with handles. He refrains from referring to such beverages as “monkey pee”.

    The even more refined BA will have taught him/herself to neither whine nor complain when forced to listen to “Feelings”, “He’s Not Heavy, He’s My Brother”, “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree”, or “Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It” performed by an obviously tone-impaired Frenchman while he/she is paying 3 month’s worth of rent money for a dinner.

    Further, the advanced Beautiful American will always smile gamely and ask for more when offered small porcelain renderings of the Eiffel Tower by shady Eastern Europeans at the bargain price of $75 apiece.

    Lastly, the BA will only, after careful thought and consideration, fling old ladies from the museum line in front of him in order that he might gain earlier entrance. Such behavior, although unfortunate, is sometimes called for if one’s lunch reservation time is pressing and the old lady is reaching for her widow’s mite too slowly.

  2. Katherine says:

    The Pompidou photo is amazing! I made it all the way thru the blog entry thinking “I suspect the Polloplayer has been imbibing too much of Pierre’s Bordeaux because she already posted that picture of the CE @ the Pompidou…” Surely this must be Ponce de Leon’s fountain of youth b/c there is so little difference between the two pictures.

    Sorry that your time in Paris is coming to a close. But, on behalf of the US, thank you for showing the French that Beautiful Americans do exist.

  3. jess says:

    I had never had much of an urge to travel to Paris, until having read all your blog entries and seeing your beautiful pictures. My next exotic destination! Hopefully that will be sooner rather than later….

    Thanks for the great updates and great snapshots.

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