14 Dec 2010

Eat, drink and walk - Paris - November 2010

Jack and I had a wonderful weekend in Paris, we did lots of walking around and visiting all our favourite places and some new ones recommended by Ruth of From London with Style who lived in Paris. We ate probably too much steak and chips and drank lots of the new Beaujolais, delicious. These are a few of my favourite pictures:

You can never have too much gold leaf, this must have been the opinion of Napoleon's decorators, it was everywhere. Napoleon's apartments are part of The Richelieu Wing of the Louvre Museum and well worth a visit.

We finally managed to get into the Chez Gisette in Montmartre and the review were right as this little dining room is fantastic and very reasonably priced too. Run by a lovely French lady who was very patient with us as we tried to order and compliment her dishes in French, Chez Grisette is only open Monday to Friday (from 7.00) but it is well worth having a day off and travelling to Paris on Friday to catch dinner.

Chez Grisette, 14 rue Houdon, 75018 PARIS. Nearest Metro is Pigalle or Abbessess.















The Pompidou Centre was amazing, the collections were varied and beautifully curated and the views from the top over Paris were fantastic. I also got to finally see some of my favourite pieces of art including Yellow, Red and Blue, 1925 by Wassily Kandinsky and a few of Picasso's masterpieces. Sitting in the square admiring the brightly coloured moving water sculptures by Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint-Phalle is also fun if you don't fancy paying to go in the Centre.

This made me very happy!

On the Saturday night we went back to our favourite little Jazz bar-brasserie, Le Houdon for traditional steak and chips and more vino. The Jazz trio they had preforming was brilliant and very entertaining, there was a man on the washboard who wore thimbles on all his fingers and looked just like a ventriloquists dummy.

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Le Houdon, 5 rue des Abbesses, 75018 PARIS.

The Pantheon

Super fun and colourful Mexican shop Tienda Esquipulas in Montmartre, full of PiƱatas in all shapes and sizes.

Another fantastic recommendation from Ruth was Restaurant Chartier, we got there on Sunday at about 2:00 the line for tables was out the door and down the road but it is well worth the wait. Inside it was huge and vaguely reminded me of a train station waiting room with brass racks for you coats and bags and large mirrors.

The food was excellent, I once again opted for steak (Jack went for chicken) and I have never had a piece of meat so rare! But with quality of meat was so good I hardly even noticed. Pudding was an apple cake and custard for me and profiteroles for Jack, which nearly killed him.

I loved how they scrawled our order onto the table cloth, after this we pretty much rolled ourselves to the Gare du Nord for the journey home.

Resturant Chartier, 7 rue du Faubourg, Montmartre 75009 PARIS, www. restaurant-chartier.com

On a final note we saw this on the way to the station, do you think the French drink to much? We certainly contributed a few bottles to this pile during our stay!



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