Saturday, July 15
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)
wonderful here. We buy them thirty at
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
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.