Today we had a multi-course lunch and dinner planned. This is one of our “big dining” days. Most of the other days we just have one meal planned per day.
So, for lunch we went to a restaurant called Septime. Through Justin’s research, he heard that this place is very highly regarded and tough to get into. We had a fantastic meal. It has a much more casual atmosphere than L’Orangerie, where we are last night. It’s sort of like an upscale bistro with very high quality food.
The menu was a 5 course tasting menu. Each dish was extremely flavourful and creative (without sacrificing taste).
I can elaborate on the food if anyone is interested, but I (generally) think it comes off kinda obnoxious and pretentious sounding and that’s just not my thing. Also, we didn’t get a menu so I only have a vague idea of what everything is.
After lunch, we decided to go to the Louvre. Yesterday, we just walked around the outside. I’m so glad that we went in today. The building alone is so gorgeous. I spend most of the time looking at the elaborate ceilings. We caught a glimpse of the Mona Lisa, but there was a mob/ line around her so we kept walking.
I enjoyed seeing the crown jewels and incredible chandeliers. I think we missed that last time.
It was a beautiful day today, so we decided to walk back to the hotel rather than take the subway.
Dinner was at Alleno Paris at Ledoyen (hotel). It is a 3 Michelin Star restaurant (if you are into that kind of thing), and it was everything it should have been. The service, presentation, and atmosphere were impeccable. It was many courses and there wasn’t one in the bunch that missed the mark. I mean, it started with a champagne cart. So, how could it go wrong.
Everything was perfection. It even ended with a tour of the kitchen and a meeting with the chef (who is not much older than us and Italian….. surprising for a traditional French restaurant).
After a nice walk back to the hotel, we are stuffed and ready for bed
Tomorrow brings 2 walking tours and our last day in Paris then off to Champagne.