Paris day two...

We opted out of breakfast in our hotel which was the Select Hotel in the 5th, next to one of Europe's oldest universities (Le Sorbonne) it's beautiful. If you want to spend £200+ per night I cannot recommend it enough. Our room was superb, on the 6th floor, gorgeous exposed beams, a king sized bed, walk in shower and about a five minute walk away from the Notre Dame, 10 minutes from Saint Germain and the same for Marais area - the location for us was perfect, we could walk practically everywhere! It was also pin-drop silent at night and the blinds were practically black out- i.e. we slept very, very well!

Our room, 66
Just next to our hotel was L'ecritoire where locals gather to discuss their days plans over coffee, pastries and eggs. We thought we'd give this a try being as it was right on our doorstep and wanting to get on with our day.

The eggs and ham were ok (by no means outstanding, but how wrong can you go?!) and this came with toast, a dangerously buttery croissant, orange juice and a hot drink all for €9. It's a typical little quaint brasserie and again our waiters were pleasant and service was rapid.

We headed into Saint Germain and made our way over to the Musee d'Orsay. This museum isn't really mentioned in either of my guide books and I have no idea why, it's a vast, beautiful space in which you'll find some of the greats, Van Gogh, Renoir, Cezanne, Manet, and Degas to name but a few. 

Link to pic here
Many of the paintings here you will recognise...

A couple of hours later our tummies were rumbling and wanting to discover more of Saint Germain we walked back on ourselves and came across the most beautiful patisserie, Gosselin on the main Boulevard Saint Germain.  

I stocked up on macaroons to take home and almost couldn't resist some of the cakes - incredibly beautiful they almost seemed too good to eat!

Lunch ended up at world famous Brasserie Lipp. Which has been going since 1880. Online they claim there are 'no reservations, unless you are the French Prime minister' however on arrival they asked us if we had a reservation and then waited a short while - note the staff here are not particularly 'friendly' and we were the only table that weren't I assume, Parisian. The lure of the place is the Art Deco interior and humble food you're quickly transported back in time - it's quite special. 

1st Floor dining (try and sit on the ground floor)
Mr D had one of their infamous 'biere blond' and I settled for a demi bottle of Alsace Pinot wine to share with J and H (we were feeling a little delicate!)

Mr D had his second plate of steak and chips in 24hrs. Which was the best of the weekend. Perfectly cooked and the fries were crunchy, salty and just what he needed.

I went for the Confit de canard with garlic roast potatoes. The duck was absolutely delicious. The meat fell off the bone and there were ample crispy bits of skin, enough to satisfy a roasted duck fanatic. One of the best ducks I have eaten and a place to definitely be put on your 'to go list' should you visit. The pots were buttery, fluffy and crisp round the edges 'mmmmmmmmmm'. 

A lovely walk down the Seine and we were faced with Paris' iconic landmark. 

Sadly the queues were enormous to actually go up to the viewing platforms so we pottered around the surrounding gardens people watching and taking cheesy snaps.

We then zoomed over in a cab to the Marais area to go and gorge on the finest éclairs there are at L'eclair de Genie... 

The flavours change seasonally and some took my fancy from first sight, these are things of beauty. Salted caramel, Vanilla and pecan, raspberry and vanilla blackcurrant cassis The fillings are divine and the pastry super light. I'm not sure I will ever taste another éclair like these... (sigh)

Before supper the four of us had a cocktail in one of Paris' oldest Cafe's 'La Palette' (est.1902). Traditional and Bohemian I absolutely loved the place, it has a fantastic atmosphere and reasonably priced booze... Picasso was known to use the cafe as his local and drew many sketches whilst sitting outside. If you're in the area one evening you have to go... it's a must.

I will continue the evening tomorrow... xx

Brasserie Lipp:
Address: 151 Bld. Saint-Germain, 75006, Paris 

La Palette: 
Address: 43 Rue de Seine, 75006 Paris, France
Phone:+33 1 43 26 68 15

L'eclair de Genie:
Address: 14 Rue Pavée, 75004 Paris, France
Phone:+33 1 42 77 85 11

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