Saturday, May 3 and Sunday May 4, 2008
Off to Paris this morning via the TGV and say Bon Voyage to Darren on Sunday morning. The ride was smooth and uneventful.
The Gare de Lyon was packed with weekend travelers, and the new parking scheme meant a long walk and wait for our ride to the hotel.
Arrived at our usual Paris haunt, the Hotel le Lavoisier, and were welcomed by Nisha and Fabienne. Then, off with Darren to see the sights. First stop was the Madeleine, an historic church with a long and varied past that sits at the top of the Rue Royale. The choir was practicing for tonight’s concert, which made our visit special.
Then, off to the Palais Royal via Metro. Beautiful day with the gardens all in bloom. Strolled around then went to Willi’s Wine Bar, but found it closed, so we strolled back to the hotel, stopping at l’Ecluse, a popular wine bar, for some wine and a late, light meal (cheese, and meats). Another stop at Lavinia, the largest wine store in France, to poke around, and back to the hotel.
Dinner at Le Taste Monde, which Jack Fisher had recommended. A good tip, the food was wonderful and the service good. The wine list has wines from everywhere in the world but France, so we ended up with a Sauvgnon Blanc from New Zealand. Check out the dinner photos.
After dinner, a leisurely stroll to the hotel, and turned in early so we could be up early for departure.
Darren had his last meal in France, a breakfast of pastries and juice, in the hotel cave, then hopped in the car and off to CDG for his flight home. We wandered around for a bit, then headed to the Gare de Lyon for our TGV back to our home in Eygalieres.
Another smooth ride and we picked up the car and headed to St. Remy to relax for a bit on the Boulevard. For dinner we drove to Riboto de Taven and had a great time. Showed Christine, Philippe, and Jean-Pierre the blog and photos, then wound our way over les Alpilles to Eygalieres.