Tuesday, October 14, 2014

One of My Favorite Days in Paris--Part One--Escargot and Jardin des Tuileries

I have so many memories from my wonderful trip that I 
really don't know where to begin! My thought was to
start by sharing a few pictures from one of my favorite
days, which was actually the last.

My daughter-in-law had gone to London on business by this
time, and my sister-in-law needed an afternoon of rest back at
the apartment, so it was just my daughter, Kristin and me. We
hadn't had our fill of escargot yet, so we took the Metro to our
destination, Au Bistro.

on Rue du Marche Saint-Honore

 We had read that they served escargot in a unique style...
 escargot in hollowed out baked potatoes...

 
smothered in butter.parsley/garlic sauce!
To accompanying this delicacy, we ordered...

salad with roasted goat cheese toasts. 
They had chives and chopped red onions in them.
What a divine lunch!!

From there, we walked a short distance to 
Jardin des Tuileries.
It is situated between the Louvre Museum (in the backbground)
and the Place de la Concord as the garden for the
Tuileries Palace by Catherine de Medici in the 1564.
. It became a public park where the Parisians
relaxed and promenaded after the
French Revolution. 

We saw only a small portion of the park, but it
evident what a restful spot it was and one to be
returned to on a future visit.
Those green metal chairs are extremely comfortable.
People were all over enjoying the sun and shade. 
 Watching the little boys with the 
sailboats was delightful!


This was the larger fountain completely surrounded by statues. 
 Looking into the distance, we could see the Obelisk and the
Arc de Triomphe. 

 The Musée de l'Orangerie (impressionistic art) and the Jeu de Paume
(contemporary art) are both within the park, but our final
destination of the afternoon was through the...

  Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel.
Built by Napoleon between 1806 and 1808, it stands
at the west entrance of the Tuileries and was the majestic
entrance to the palace courtyard. It survived the
destruction by the revolutionary mob who burned down
the palace in 1871.   

This is not to be confused with the Arc de Triomphe 
overlooking the Champs-Elysées.

Here it was our last day and we had not seen the inside of the Louvre yet! 

That is a blog post in itself, so I will save that for another, my friends.
As you can see, it was a clear, sunny day in Paris. 
Our weather was fantastic on our entire trip.

Hope all is well with you and are in the full swing of fall. 

(After much research, I learned the EASY way to 
get the accent over the é. 
With the Alt key pressed down,
lock the NumLock key and type 130 on the key pad,
not the numbers at the top .)
á=160
é=130
í=161
ó=162
ú=163
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