Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Tuesday May 25th: Musee Rodin and Boeuf Bourguignon

Mark and I hopped of our tour bus at Les Invalides and walked to lunch at Cafe Varene (also just a short walk to the Musee Rodin).  I had my first croque monsieur and it was yummy!  There was no bechamel sauce which made me a tiny bit sad, but the frites more than made up for it.  They were perfectly crunchy and delicious!  I would suggest this as a lunch spot for anyone considering the Musee Rodin, but who might want to avoid museums restaurants.

The Musee Rodin

The tippy top of Les Invalides peeks through statuesque trees at the Musee Rodin

From my journal: The statues here are stunning as are the gardens.  I am so grateful to have come to Paris while the flowers are still in bloom.  My favorite statue is The Thinker.  Rodin really captured such strong emotions in the sculpture.

A picture of The Thinker with Les Invalides in the background

The Gates of Hell:  Mark loved this piece

Here are some shots of various flowers from the gardens:

Mark and me at the gardens of the Musee Rodin
The Musee Rodin gardens was one of my favorite things we did in Paris.  While it costs more to enter the museum, it is only one Euro to enter and tour the gardens.  What a bargain!

After a full and amazing day in Paris, we could not wait for a romantic dinner at Chez Josephine Dumonet.  It was just the perfect French bistro.  I mean you could not design one more French if you tried!  The chef came out to our table to welcome us with a glass of champagne and some gazpacho.

After sharing the fois gras, Mark ordered the steak tartare which was prepared table side - notice the Tabasco! We felt right at home!

I ordered the Beouf Bourguignon.  It was rich and flavorful and absolutely delicious.  Julia Child would have been proud.  I told the chef when he came to check on us that "this dish alone is why people come to Paris."

The Grand Marnier souffle was as light as air!

The perfect ending to a wonderful day!

For more on the trip click:

HERE - for Sunday May 23rd: Our first day in Paris
HERE - for Monday May 24th: Walk a mile or two in my French shoes
HERE - for Tuesday May 25th: L'Open Bus Tour


  1. I also loved the Musee Rodin and only did the outdoor gardens. I was there in mid-June and the flowers were still in bloom. So beautiful!

    All of your meals look & sound just delish. I want to make Beouf Bourguignon this fall sometime! Sounds yummy!

  2. We also enjoyed Musee Rodin. In fact I think I enjoyed it more than the Luxembourg garden and yes the Beouf Bourguignon looks amazing. I def want to try making it sometime.

  3. Girl... it sounds like you did it all! I am writing down each and every spot you ate. I will definitely be visiting some of them in Sept. We LOVED Rodin museum, and Scott even bought me a small replica of one of our favorite sculptures for Valentines Day. I think if was "The Kiss."
    As I stared at all the detail in The Gates of Hell, I was a little scared... :)
    We loved the gardens... it was so peaceful.

  4. I love these pictures and your blog!

    Will be following you now :)

  5. LOVE the specs lady. The hubs and I are trying to decide between Paris and Italy for a trip next year....You're swaying me with your gorgeous pics!

  6. The gardens are gorgeous! And isn't French cuisine just divine? Tres jealous, Madame!

  7. Gorgeous!!! Gardens and the food is amazing!

  8. Thanks so much for commenting on my blog, Jen! So glad you did because it led me to yours - what a fantastic trip to Paris, I'm green with envy! (Also loving those fabulous glasses).



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