Sunday, August 3, 2014

Paris, continued 2

Next morning we walked to Eric Kayser bakery for the best croissant and espresso, and our son indulged himself with macarons.

We then took the Open tour bus and toured the Bastille and Marais areas. We then changed the bus to get to Eiffel tower, I had purchased advanced tickets online and we were lucky as the weather was very nice. We arrived in advance and had a picnic with my sandwiches on one of the benches at Trocadero gardens. We then walked to the separate entrance for people with pre-purchased tickets. The lines were huge, but we only waited 25 minutes to clear security and to get to the second level. The views were beautiful and we spent some time at this level. Our son has purchased an Eiffel tower candy.

We then took the Open tour bus to complete the tour back to our hotel where we had an appointment with our friends. This time I chose the restaurant and we were lucky enough to get the last big table at Chez Gladines on St Germain. Our friends were surprised people were queuing outside of the restaurant in hope to get a table.

We had a lot of fun eating there and the kids enjoyed as well. There are several potato plates, omelets, and huge salads, and the basque specialties. Everything was so good and the atmosphere very special, we even reordered more wine, beer, and even desert. It is an inexpensive place for central Paris and the service was good and very friendly.

Men went with huge 5 diamants salads, I chose a Complete salad and my friend she decided on Lardons and chevre salad. Kids went with potato plates and our son chose an omelet with mushrooms. He didn't like much the mushrooms for some reason but loved the omelet. While my salad was with cured ham, 5 diamants included gesiers, and chevre in addition to potatoes and salad.

We finished our meal after spending 3 hours there and walked around St Michel area where there were musicals with good music. This was our last night in Paris before taking a rental car of Bastille place next morning.

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