Pod's first blog having prised my new iPad from my tour guide Sally.
Got up early to make the most of a day with a forecast of rain.We decided to catch a boat along the Seine which drops off at a number of popular locations.Little did we know that our plans would alter as the day progressed.
First stop was Tuileries Gardens which adjoin Le Louvre.Stunning on a grand scale.The weather was looking daunting but part of our plan was to view Monet's famous WaterLillie's at the Musee L'Orangerie.Little did we know a storm was brewing and the umbrella I bought off a street urchin would be Sally's savior.
We walk out of the museum and it is raining chats et chiens.Our plan to catch a boat to the Eiffel Tower is no longer.I suggest as it is lunch time that we go to find a suitable nearby venue.On the way we visit the La Madelaine church which looks like it was transported from Rome.Protecting ourselves from the rain,I look behind and see a mustard shop.Not any mustard shop but the famous Maille French mustard.I wait patiently in the rain as Sally shops and buys exotic flavored mustards.
Finally my wishes of a French restaurant are a reality.Julies book has a little classic that we find in the pissing rain.Sally's umbrella just makes it.Anyway we have a classic French lunch in Les Bacchantes with a choice of 40 wines by the glass.Two hours later we leave and snag a taxi as it is still raining.GEt back th the hotel about 4.30 for a rest.Like clockwork,Sally lies on the bed and is snoring in 5 minutes.I go for a walk(and a beer).
On a recommendation from a friend Caroline Sudlow,Sally has booked a restaurant called Le Grand Vefour.Little did I know I was about to blow my weeks dinner budget in a single sitting.
Being the romantic I am,we go to the Ritz for pre dinner drinks.Guess what- a g'n't costs $20 and a CArlsberg $14.My mistake and it gets better.
The restaurant we are going to is 3 star MIchelin rated.We arrive to much fanfare-40 diners and 40 staff.Menu's for the male(me the sucker paying)includes the prices but not Sally's.
Anyway I can confirm we had a sensational meal and the wine list was extraordinary.The sommelier convinced me to spend up and I did take his recommendation.All up dinner was the same price as 2 nights accommodation.ENough said but I wouldn't want to change things.You only live once.
So the wash up was a great day that wasn't planned as such but ended up tres bon.I look forward to seeing Sally's friend when I get back.