{Paris part 9: Cruisin’ on the Seine River, the lovely Montmarte and our last dinner in Paris}

Hello everyone, finally my last post on Paris.. sorry its taken so long!

So after our incredible lunch at Le Bristol, me and the boy wandered around the area…the restaurant also happened to be pretty close to this monument…L’Arc du Triomphe..

If you look closely you can see all the people standing at the edge on the very top…

We browsed around the area of the Champs D’Elysse, known for its high-end stores like this HUGE Louis Vuitton..

The Nike Paris and the Adidas store were amazing, they carry so many more things than the stores back at home…

I was lusting over these black boots at Adidas from the Yohji Yamamoto Y-3 line…


After some more window shopping, we headed back to the hotel to recharge and celebrated the rest of my birthday on the Seine river with a late night boat cruise…our starting point was at the famous Pont Neuf bridge…so beautiful lit up at night 🙂

We remembered our bike tour guide, Pamela, had reminded us to bring a bottle of wine with us to enjoy on our cruise..so instead of trying to fiddle with wine glasses and such, we headed to our corner grocer and bought two 1/2 litre bottles or Cabernet Sauvignon for ourselves, sipped straight from the bottle cause we’re classy like that 😉

Boy were we happy we did! It was a bit of a chilly night and the wine definitely helped keep us warm…Best enjoyed while watching beautiful lit up monuments like this one…Best birthday ever..

The next day, we headed to my favourite area of Paris, Montmarte. Located on top of a large hill in the northern part of Paris in the 18th arondissement. Many famous artist had studios in this area such as Salvador Dali, Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet and Modigliani.

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We started the day with breakfast…

…yes..ANOTHER chausson aux pommes.. I really couldn’t get enough of these…how could I resist these puffy, flaky and buttery apple filled crescent moons…

We found it VERY easy to get lost in Paris in certain areas..I swear every street looked just like this…

I thought this cafe was so beautifully quaint..

After our long steep climb up the 130m hill we made it to the top to take in the view from the steps of the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur…also known as the second most popular place for proposals in Paris (the Eiffel Tower being the first of course..)

The church was unbelievable inside…every inch was painted with the most intricate detail and the huge jewel toned stained glass windows glistened amongst the hundreds of candles that were lit throughout the church, an experience not to be missed..

The narrow cobblestone streets are lined with tons of cute little artisan shops (a great place to find really unique gifts), creperies, and cafes..I ordered this GIANT proscuitto and cheese crepe.. sorry…I had already taken several bites before I remembered to take a picture..It was so huge that I was have trouble eating it as you can see by my make-shift paper plate crepe holder…

..the creperie stand was right across from this well-known site..Do you may recognize it? It’s the cafe where Amelie worked at in the hit 2001 film, Les Deux Moulins Cafe..

Since it was our last full day in Paris, we tried to get in as much as we could, so after a couple of hours in Montmarte, we were off to the Musee D’Orsay. Located on the left bank of the Seine river, it used to be an old railway station, the Gare d’Orsay.

The museum is best known for having the most extensive impressionist collection in the world, including well-known works by Monet, Manet, Van Gogh, Renoir, Cezanne, Seurat and Gaughin just to name a few..

Besides the gorgeous still life flowers by Van Gogh, I was so excited to be able to see the Seurat paintings in real life, seeing all those fine paint dots combining to form the painting is really amazing to see…this was probably my favourite of his works at the museum, “The Circus”.

Three hours later and I was “museumed-out”. The boy had really wanted to see the Louvre (I had visited the museum about 8 years before when I was last here), so we split off and I headed back to “foodie paradise” in the Madeleine area for some more food gifts..

On the walk back I passed the Place de la Concorde.. one of the major squares in Paris that features beautiful statues and fountains as well as this giant red granite obelisk covered in hieroglyphics, located at the center. Given to France as a gift from the Egyptian government in the nineteenth century…

Even the street lights are grand and gilded in gold…

After my thorough tour of the food shops of Madeleine, I walked back to our hotel..but not before grabbing this delicious apricot tarte from Paul’s..

..medallions of juicy and sweet caramelized halves of fruit brushed with an apricot jelly atop a pastry cream layer surrounded by crisp puff pastry..

Later that night, the boy and I went for our last dinner in Paris at a nearby brasserie by our hotel, L’Oiseau Blanc..

…we started by sharing these escargots, filled with earthy freshly chopped herbs and lots of butter, with a side of bread of course to sop up all these juices…

I was feeling a bit deprived of vegetables, so I went with this beautiful salad that had green beans, toasted walnuts and tomatoes, topped with crispy wedges of baguette with melted goat cheese rounds…bliss..

The boy had perfectly dressed greens with chicken, tendrils of smoked duck, egg layered with ribbons of cheese

A great way to end our last night in the city of lights..tune in to my last Paris post where we spend our morning at the Eiffel Tower and I recap some of the goodies I brought home (that I have not already mentioned)..

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2 Responses to “{Paris part 9: Cruisin’ on the Seine River, the lovely Montmarte and our last dinner in Paris}”
  1. Babygirl says:

    I LOVE seeing your post for Paris… The food, culture, sightings. It just makes me more motivated to get there.. Great posting as usual

    • eatrundesign says:

      Yes, its a definite must-see place, so glad to hear you’ve enjoyed my posts, all these posts are just a tiny window to what Paris has to offer, it’s really a “see it to believe it” place.

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