Shopping and Sipping

OK, folks. Still no photos. Was going to post some this AM and discovered I don’t have the cable for getting them off the Canon. The cable for my snapshot camera doesn’t work, so I’ll have to go buy one somewhere. Despite my best attempts at pre-trip list-making for packing, I still managed to forget things.

After visiting the internet cafe on rue Odessa yesterday, Molly and I went to meet Rich who was waiting for us at Gare Montparnasse. We were headed in for some breakfast canelé at Baillardran. Read about them in Clothilde’s Edible Adventures in Paris. Not sure they were worth the trip…sort of a cross between a marshmallow and sticky bun. Might have been better if fresh out of the oven…not sure. But it put us in the right spot to buy our train tix to Lyon for Friday and get our Carte Orange for the metro. This required a visit to the instant passport photo booth – kind of amusing being told in French what faces not to make. By the way…it looks like the end of an era is approaching. The carte orange with the little metro ticket appears to be being replaced by modern technology imminently.

Got on the metro to Madeliene. Molly managed to go into Kenzo and find a lovely new sweater within minutes. Walked by the flower market, then into the palace of food porn, Fauchon. It’s much more shi-shi, and pink, than I remember. Love the little petit pois éclairs though…so cute. They let Molly take a photo of some of the pastries. We got some small snacks to hold us over until lunch. Walked over to Printemps to begin the shopping and grabbed a quick lunch at “Be,” or Boulangépicier. Had a fabulous sandwich – roquefort, poached pear, and frisée on this raisin baguette. Also shared a broccoli-mushroom soupe that was the very essence of broccoli with Molly.

Several hours of shopping at the grand magasins later (cieling at Galleries Lafayette still amazing!), we walked over to the Opèra. Yes, there is the prospect of ballet on this trip – maybe our last night. Was looking at a 1900s postcard painting of the Palais Garnier in my Walks Through Lost Paris book. There appears to be a lot less gold on the adornments than is there today. After the most expensive cup of coffee ever at Cafe de la Paix, we made our way to the “passages” – Choisueil, Colbert, and Vivienne, with the latter being the plus charmante. The Colbert was nice though with its atrium to the sky.

Then, it was time for wine at Willi’s Wine Bar. The whites outshone the reds. Rich and I tried the following:
– 2007 Domaine Saint Préfert, Chateauneuf-de-Pape (white)
– 2006 Cuvée Nathan Crozes-Hermitages (white)
– 2006 Evening Coast Pinot Noir (Willi’s CA red)
– 2004 Domaine Léon Barral Faugères Jadis (Languedoc red)

Ate dinner at the restaurant a few doors down…Monçeau. Lovely meal. More on that later though. Want to get out and about for today.

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