Monday, May 31, 2010

Sunday May 23rd - Our first day in Paris

We arrived in Paris on Sunday at about 11:30 a.m.  With adrenaline serving as our only means of energy, we hopped on the RER headed to our Luxembourg stop ready to see Paris.  The hotel was ready for us when we arrived and even had a little box of cookies waiting for us.  It is a very charming hotel and our room had the cutest little balcony!  

And excerpt from my journal: "Walking to lunch Mark, was the first one to spot the Eiffel Tour.  What a sight!!  We're really here!!!  I can't wait to see the Iron Lady light up at night."

 Just two blocks from our hotel, we stumbled upon so many cute cafes it was hard to choose one, but went with Creperie Cafe where I had this amazing salad filled with apples and walnuts and accompanied by two slices of toasty bread and warm goat cheese with honey.  Mmmm!!  And of course all paired with a glass of wine.  

I had read all about how the Parisiens' favorite pasttime is enjoying a cup of cafe (coffee) and people watching.  They take this hobby so seriously that all of the chairs outside of the cafes face the street!  I loved it!

After lunch, we walked a few more blocks to the Jardin du Luxembourg.  It was beautiful!  It was a hot sunny day, so there were families and tourists and students soaking in the sunshine.


In the pond at the center of the gardens, you could rent little motorized boats.  Both little kids and kids at heart were enjoying sailing their boats through the water!


After walking through the park, our exhaustion caught up with us, so we took a long nap.  And we were ready to head out again.  We decided to walk to our dinner at Hidden Kitchen, and I was so glad that we did.  This was the first time we saw the Seine.  It was as beautiful as I imagined!


It felt surreal to be standing here in front of the Lourve.  We had been planning this trip for so long, and here we were!


We arrived at Hidden Kitchen full of excitement about what this meal would be like.  At the door to the home of the chef and his wife, we met two other couples - one from Atlanta and one from Tennessee.  Soon the other five couples had arrived and our feast began!  We sat across from the sweetest couple from Atlanta who had gotten engaged that morning!  How sweet!!  Meredith, we came to find out, writes a food blog called An Atlantan Eats.  Check it out!


Here was the Amuse - Watercress soup with cream and white pepper and a green apple and watercress slaw on a pepper cracker.  Delish!

The rest of the menu was as follows:
Spring vegetables, poached quail egg, and green goddess dressing
House made linguini with radish leaf pesto, asparagus, and ricotta salata
Salmon with hibiscus bay leaf sauce and fingerling potatoes
Palate cleanser - bourbon gelee, lime and mint sorbet (a great take on a Mint Julep)
Braised artichokes with chicken liver ravioli, fennel, and preserved lemon
Cumin encrusted flank steak with skillet polenta and smoked eggplant
White bean, dill, and beet salad
Strawberry shiso sorbet with puff pastry and rhubarb
Coffee and Donuts

Each dish was paired with wine, but our favorite drink was the appertif we started the night with - vodka, champagne, and lychee: it was the best drink I've ever had!

This was truly the best dining experience I have ever had.  It felt like an intimate dinner party among friends.  I loved meeting people from all over and hearing how they were spending their time in Paris.    

What a wonderful first night in Paris!

14 comments:

  1. what a great first day, I can't wait to read more!

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  2. What a perfect trip....Can't wait to hear more!!

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  3. Isn't the Seine stunning? Glad to hear you arrived safely! You sure had some good weather!

    ♥ Daniëlle

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  4. Sounds like a great way to start off your vacation! The dinner menu sounds amazing. Glad you made it home safely. It took me about a week to get back on track with time. Hopefully, you don't have too many issues with that and I can't wait to read more about your adventures!

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  5. I love hearing about that amazing dinner. I leave on Wednesday for Paris.

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  6. So neat to see your pictures. For now I'll have to live vicariously through you and your adventures. Funny that the DiVinci Code was just on tv last night...now to see your pics of the Louvre this morning. Looks like quite the trip! Can't wait to read more. Oh and people watching is a great way to kill an afternoon!

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  7. Welcome home! Can't wait to read all about your experience. Sounds like day one was amazing. That meals sounds divine!

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  8. Looks like you had amazing weather for our trip - how beautiful.

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  9. Looks like y'all are having a fabulous time!

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  10. Love this post!! Can't wait to read more.

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  11. Sounds like the perfect welcome to the most romantic city in the world. And those teeny sailboats in the pond are absolutely darling! I can't wait to catch up and read about the rest of your trip!

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