Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Paris Treasures

On Sunday my mom and I hopped on the metro and headed South to the Marche aux Puces de la Porte de Vanves Flea Market.  It was a complete treasure chest, and our finds included old brass keys from the 17th century, a set of art deco aperitif glasses, a gorgeous barometer, broach, stamp, framed print from the 18th century, and a 200 year old green glass decanter with tiny little gold stars hand painted on it.  The only problem is, everything we purchased is either heavy and/or extremely fragile, so we aren't quite sure how we will manage to get everything back to Ohio!

From there we headed to Le Marais to the Place de Vosges, and grabbed lunch at a little cafe in one of the covered archways overlooking the gorgeous park.  Since a meal in Paris is never complete without a sweet, we made the pilgrimage to the world famous Laduree on the Champs Elysees and had tea, coffee, and the most amazing pastries ever.  By that time the sun had gone down, and we decided to burn off some of those pastries by walking up the narrow, spiral-staircase to the top of the Arch de Triumph.  It paid off because when we finally made it to the top we were greeted with a 360-degree view of the City of Light, including being able to watch the Tour Eiffel glitter against the black night sky.  

We finished up our day with an amazing dinner at Le Comptoir (which had been recommended to us by a Parisian, Bon Appetit, and our guide book) and we were absolutely blown away.  We dined on fresh scallops from Normandy, red tuna, filet de boeuf, lavender creme brule, and tarte au pomme.  It was the most delicious meal I have eaten in Paris yet!  Some photos from the day are below, au revoir!

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