Friday, 9 July 2010

Déjeuner à Paris...la deuxième partie

Lunch in Paris.... part two! (apologies in advance for photo overload!)
Wednesday morning dawned cloudy & a little overcast, but this did not deter our trip! We were booked on the 8.02am train from St Pancras, which took some military planning for check in at 7.30, early mornings are not some of our strong points!
St Pancras is an absolutely stunning building, and would urge any of you to pop in if passing just to view, The bronze statues at the Meeting place and the Betjeman which are beautiful, also check out the champagne bar.
Train departed on time and was soon heading at speed towards the English Channel, much fun was had on the trip over, catching up on news and laughing (lots) it's amazing how 3 ladies in their late(very) 30's can quickly regress to being teenagers again! On arrival in France we were greeted by glorious blue sky and sunshine, which stayed with us to Paris. A much needed stretch of legs was required and what better way than a hike up the steps to the stunning Sacre Coeur in the Montmartre district.
 The view from here is spectacular, including a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower through the rooftops. (the hike in 32' heat is not advisable unless equipped with oxygen & water!)

After a leisurely stroll down the hill, we jumped on the metro and headed over towards the opera are to Bastille, where we decided to lunch in a brasserie called Bofinger (pronounced Bo-fan-jay), this was featured on Greatest Cities of the World hosted by Griff Rhys Jones.( 03.44 in this clip) a beautiful Parisian brasserie tucked down a side street.
The food and service was excellent. They did a great lunch menu, where we went for the day special of Steak which was delicious, followed by crème brûlée for one and a chocolate crunch dessert for 2!(it was ferreo rocher in a dessert on a plate, very rich, but oh so yummy!)
A much needed stroll was required now, especially as it was now touching 33', we avoided the tourist roads and headed down towards the river Seine, passing some gorgeous food & flower shops.

We passed the beautiful building Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville which was surrounded by water fountains alongside the Seine.
A short trip over the river found us in the throng of tourists admiring the stunning Notre Dame complete with gargoyles! this is the first time that I have been to Paris and the building be free of scaffolding. It did look amazing in the sunshine.
A short stroll to the metro and our day was nearly over as we headed back to the Gare du Nord for a quick drink and then back on the train for our journey home.


Adieu Paris,
Merci pour une belle journée vraiment J & K eu un temps merveilleux.

2 comments:

Archies Mum said...

Sounds like you had an amazing time Teresa. You must have had really tired legs after all the things you went to see. Thought that maybe you hadn't come back ha x

Florence and Mary said...

I can't remember if I've commented on here or not so I do apologise if I'm repeating myself!!

Looks like you had a fantastic trip, I'm just aching to get myself to Paris, hopefully Kel & I are going next year.

Victoria x

Friday, 9 July 2010

Déjeuner à Paris...la deuxième partie

Lunch in Paris.... part two! (apologies in advance for photo overload!)
Wednesday morning dawned cloudy & a little overcast, but this did not deter our trip! We were booked on the 8.02am train from St Pancras, which took some military planning for check in at 7.30, early mornings are not some of our strong points!
St Pancras is an absolutely stunning building, and would urge any of you to pop in if passing just to view, The bronze statues at the Meeting place and the Betjeman which are beautiful, also check out the champagne bar.
Train departed on time and was soon heading at speed towards the English Channel, much fun was had on the trip over, catching up on news and laughing (lots) it's amazing how 3 ladies in their late(very) 30's can quickly regress to being teenagers again! On arrival in France we were greeted by glorious blue sky and sunshine, which stayed with us to Paris. A much needed stretch of legs was required and what better way than a hike up the steps to the stunning Sacre Coeur in the Montmartre district.
 The view from here is spectacular, including a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower through the rooftops. (the hike in 32' heat is not advisable unless equipped with oxygen & water!)

After a leisurely stroll down the hill, we jumped on the metro and headed over towards the opera are to Bastille, where we decided to lunch in a brasserie called Bofinger (pronounced Bo-fan-jay), this was featured on Greatest Cities of the World hosted by Griff Rhys Jones.( 03.44 in this clip) a beautiful Parisian brasserie tucked down a side street.
The food and service was excellent. They did a great lunch menu, where we went for the day special of Steak which was delicious, followed by crème brûlée for one and a chocolate crunch dessert for 2!(it was ferreo rocher in a dessert on a plate, very rich, but oh so yummy!)
A much needed stroll was required now, especially as it was now touching 33', we avoided the tourist roads and headed down towards the river Seine, passing some gorgeous food & flower shops.

We passed the beautiful building Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville which was surrounded by water fountains alongside the Seine.
A short trip over the river found us in the throng of tourists admiring the stunning Notre Dame complete with gargoyles! this is the first time that I have been to Paris and the building be free of scaffolding. It did look amazing in the sunshine.
A short stroll to the metro and our day was nearly over as we headed back to the Gare du Nord for a quick drink and then back on the train for our journey home.


Adieu Paris,
Merci pour une belle journée vraiment J & K eu un temps merveilleux.

2 comments:

Archies Mum said...

Sounds like you had an amazing time Teresa. You must have had really tired legs after all the things you went to see. Thought that maybe you hadn't come back ha x

Florence and Mary said...

I can't remember if I've commented on here or not so I do apologise if I'm repeating myself!!

Looks like you had a fantastic trip, I'm just aching to get myself to Paris, hopefully Kel & I are going next year.

Victoria x