October 20, 2008
Today David and I strolled from Place St-Augustin to the Champs and the Arc de Triomphe. We stopped at the George V café and had a café noir before we headed down the George V to Pont d’Alma looking for a place to have lunch. It seems as though we are always looking for a spot to dine. Pont d’Alma is a favorite spot to pick-up the Bateaux-Mouches boats to get a different view of Paris from the River Seine. We did the boat tour with Dawn and Jeff in the spring and it was a lot of fun.
From our hotel, Le Lavoisier, this is quite a walk. We were almost at Pont d’Alma before we found Le Bistrot de Marius, which featured Bouchot Moules. David had been perusing menus up and down the Champs and George V looking for these moules so I could have them once on this trip. For anyone not familiar with Bouchot Moules, they are probably the best-tasting mussels you will ever eat. So, Viola!
Fortunately, Bistro Marius featured them and had a table on their terrace, so we sat outside for lunch on one of the most beautiful Autumn days in October and probably the last day before it started getting cold. I’m saying a ten+! What a special day to spend your last lunch in France or Paris for that matter. It doesn’t get better than this.
Tonight we are off to have dinner at Dominique Bouchet’s restaurant near the hotel. Dominique was a protégé of Joël Robuchon. After working many years as the chef at the Crillon Hotel’s restaurant, and earning two Michelin stars, Dominique opened his own restaurant in the 8th Arrondissement. Appropriately named, Dominique Bouchet, it is just a 10 minute walk from our hotel, Le Lavoisier. We had a lovely dinner, and met a young couple from North Carolina celebrating their 1st wedding anniversary. Dominique stopped by our table to say hello, as he apparently recognized our name from previous visits. He was very nice, inquiring about our meal and saying that he looks forward to seeing us again in the spring.
Back to the hotel to pack for our flight in the morning. It has been a great four weeks – perfect weather, plus time in the Loire Valley, Burgundy and the farmhouse in Provence. Tomorrow will be the perfect day to leave, as heavy rain is predicted.
October 20, 2008 facts: Euro €1.33 to the US dollar at 2 p.m. – temperature in Paris high 60s to low 70s.
Hope you have enjoyed our blog – a bientôt! David and Bev