Breakfast with breathtaking views
Before we went to bed on Thursday night, we all planned to grab breakfast in the morning. Nancy and I took the kids to Printemps located near the Opera area and Galeries Lafayette. We were here in April 2015. Printemps from the outside was this huge department store, however, there’s a rooftop restaurant that’s accessible to all. The restaurant was more of a deli-type where you pick what you want to get, put it on your tray, and then pay for it. We ordered a croissant and Pain Chocolat…brought it outside that gave us views of Paris. It was breathtaking, we ate our very simple croissant and pain chocolat with the views of the Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, Sacre Couer….an impressive 360 degree view of the beautiful city.
Shortly after, since we were already in a huge shopping area, we took advantage of taking the kids to Galeries Lafayette. Nancy also visited Chanel and Louis Vuitton and had her eyes on a few bags. She didn’t have her passport with her (to take advantage of the tax refund credit), so she didn’t get to buy anything that time. Oh darn!
Saturday, Day 4
Finally, we found an outdoor market. It wasn’t that big by any means. But it was what we had imagined. The locals going about their early Saturday by buying fish, meat, flowers, bread, etc. Merci, Corinne!
We decided to grab our lunch in the Le Marais area of the city. We took a train to get there and walked 10 minutes to get to Marches de Enfants Rouges. It wasn’t crowded when we got there. What got our interest was this unassuming stall. Chez Alain Miam Miam was a one-man show. He made us Crepe Sucre and this fabulous sandwich (a grilled sandwich) with beef, avocado, salad greens, tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms and onions, and local cheeses….he had no timer, nothing….he just knew what needed to be done. For $8 Euros, it was a hearty, flavorful, righteous, mouthful sandwich.
Shortly after lunch, we decided to head on over to Notre Dame and the Seine River. It’s one of my favorite places to visit whenever we go to Paris. I honestly don’t remember ever being inside this cathedral. But Nancy said we’ve gone inside before. But for me, it was all about the intricate details that was so visible outside. Plus, there was that whole link to a very popular movie/story of the hunchback.
Since it was our last night in Paris, we wanted to have one last good dinner and decided on La Fontaine de la Mouffe. It was on Rue Mouffetard. One thing I like about Paris was their set meals. No shock when you get the bill. We ordered prefixe menu items…..French onion soup, Walnut Salad with Roquefort cheese, Lamb chops and Mushrooms, and Beef Bourguignon…..and for dessert, 2 scoops of sorbet (lemon and raspberry) and creme brulee. All of that for $36 Euros! It was delish. They didn’t rush us. They took care of us and the kids. They made us comfortable and we truly enjoyed our last dinner.