Paris Journal 2006

Saturday, July 15

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On Thursday evening, Tom and I wandered through the 7th arrondissment where special parties at government buildings were going on to celebrate the eve of Bastille Day.  We love this little park (above) in front of the Basilica of Saint Clotilde.  After sitting there for a bit, we decided to go back to the restaurant Le Basilic (a pun on the French words for basil and Basilica) where the specialty is Gigot d’Agneau – a medium rare lamb roast served in slices, with large white beans, all roasted slowly and tenderly, and served with a scrumptiously rich reduction sauce.  (2 rue Casimer Perier, Telephone 01-44-18-94-64)



Eggs are wonderful here.  We buy them thirty at a time.


I missed telling you about a couple restaurants we’ve been to recently.  On our first day out wandering with Dan and Mary, it was a Sunday, and it was the day of the final World Cup game.  So many restaurants were closed.  We were near Notre Dame at dinnertime, so I had hoped to go to the restaurant at the Hotel Des Grés de Notre Dame, which was under renovation last year.  But it was closed because of the World Cup.  We then went to a place we had thought about trying last year, L’Auberge de Notre Dame (69, Quai de la Tournelle, 5th arrondissement, Tel: 01-43-25-99-98).  It turned out to be an excellent choice.  Evidently, it used to be a pizzaria but now is a traditional French restaurant.  I ordered duck a l’orange, and it was superb.  The waiter was reserved but quite nice.  He was an older, very old-fashioned type of waiter.  There were many tables on the terrace, so eating outside, with a glorious view of Notre Dame, was no problem.


Then Tom and I were out for a walk in the middle of the swanky 16th arrondissement in the evening.  We walked for an hour and saw NO restaurants!  Imagine that!  I am sure this is by design, because people in the 16th pay high property taxes and they don’t care if there isn’t much commercial;  in fact, I think they prefer it that way.  Finally we wandered back down the hill to the Seine, and at 2, avenue de Lamballe, we found Le Tournesol (the Sunflower), a fine bistrot where we dined well at reasonable prices.  It was a lively place, in part because it is the only place around there, and the terrace was full.  But our table was of a generous size and was placed next to an open double door, so we felt like we were outside.  The food was very good, and service was fine.  It is open 7 days a week, and its card says it has WiFi access.  Telephone is 01-45-25-95-94.



Looks like my network card has gone bad in the laptop that I use, so we will have to make another trip to FNAC to buy more electronics.  We were there last week to buy a printer/scanner/copier, and it was a pleasant experience.  Our salesperson was very helpful.  Tom at first did not understand that for the low price of 123 euros, we were going to get not just the printer/scanner/copier, but also a free ream of office paper, some photo paper, the USB cord for connecting to the computer, and two full-size cartridges, one black and one color.  He kept trying to put the color cartridge back and saying that we didn’t need the cable.  But I said yes, we need them, and we’ll take them.  When we left the store and studied the receipt, he understood.  It was a very good buy.


The owner of this apartment said he is going to get a laptop with WiFi so I might as well set up a wireless router or switch for him.  Then I can use it for the next six weeks.  The apartment where we will be in September already has wireless!


Don’t ask how I just uploaded this update.  I’m not going to tell.


Coming soon . . . . fireworks photos from last night’s spectacle on the Champ de Mars.


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