A Fun Experience

A friend and I were exploring the area around rue Montorgueil and she took me in to look at a restaurant, le Comptoir de la Gastronomie, which not only served food but also sold food items. They have ravioli stuffed with foie gras which draws a lot of people. It has a great interior as well.

One shot of the interior.

Another view.

This little place was right across the street. As we were exiting the restaurant, my friend saw a girl eating what looked like really good panna cotta and commented on it and then told them of another place that had even better. The couple, a father and daughter who turned out to be from Amsterdam, asked more questions and my friend had so much information-she’s a foodie-that they asked us to sit down and have a glass of wine so we did and had a really delightful conversation with them. They were so much fun that when they invited us to share a meal with them the next evening, we accepted. People who love food often make instant connections. I love food and trying new places but am no gourmet by any means but I’m game for new experiences.

We passed this interesting entrance as we walked to the bus stop with an Agnes B. shop behind.

On Rue Montorgueil

I love to walk down Rue Montorgueil in Paris. It’s very lively and full of restaurants and shops which are constantly changing. There’s always at least one new one each time I go, although old standards remain.

All of the streets in the area are paved like this.

One of the old places that still remains. I had lunch one time with a friend on the second floor and it was very good.

 Stohrers has been around since 1730 when the baker came to France with Marie Antoinette. It’s always winning awards for its pastries. This year it won for their chocolate eclairs. They also sell meals to go.

Don’t these look incredible? Cherries made with almond paste for sale at Storers.

The eclairs don’t look too bad either. It’s very hard to find any with vanilla creme inside like the States. They usually have chocolate creme although these come in a variety of flavors.

 

A Short Walk

A short walk from Palais Royal is the Passage Vivienne full of interesting and photogenic things to see.

Entering or leaving Palais Royal.

The Bistro Vivienne is a nice place to stop for a drink or something to eat. I liked looking out the window and at the red curtains and the newspapers with their handles ready to read.

A pretty window ready for the evening.

Shops are there selling stylish clothing.

Something for everyone.

It was a rainy day as you can see by this stylish young boy.

More

More photos from Palais Royal.

Those manicured mulberry trees. The leaves are really soft right now. They were originally  planted as food for silk worms but are now just to look at and add to the beauty of the garden.

As you enter from Rue de Rivoli you see the art of Daniel Buren. They are always being used by visitors as you can see here.

As little tables for lunch or

Or to climb on.

Here is an area underneath. I don’t know why there is water.

And you can go right across the street to the Louvre.

Out and About

I left my hibernation in our apartment on a chilly day with a cold wind (but sun!) and finally got some new photos. My blog has become like a fun part time, unpaid job and I feel a commitment to get out and look around where ever I happen to be. I took line 1 from our apartment in a straight shot to Palais Royal, always a beautiful place.

 There I find one of my favorite fountains, one of two.

The lines of trees there now have their leaves ready for the summer.

If it had been warmer, these seats would have been full. There used to be large glass houses in this square and it was a place men went to pick up prostitutes. It is certainly different now.

When I left for the States two weeks ago the red buds and magnolias were in bloom. They are now gone and the chestnut trees has started with either pink or white flowers. Roses aren’t far behind.

Near and Far

I haven’t been out yet to take photos so searched through my archives for various photos of the Eiffel Tower previously posted on my blog:

It was built for the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris and, as you can see from this old photo, started out being photographed as much as possible.

From the Post Alexander III.

From the end of the same bridge.

Against a pretty sky.

One of my favorites taken last Spring.