thursday in paris

Today, as usual, we were off to a late start.  We all rolled over to Eric Kayser for breakfast.  One of the only places where you can still get a croissant and bread at noon.  There are a few of his stores around the city.  You can get a good cup of coffee, breads, sweet, salads, fruit and yogurt. 

After breakfast, Josh and Emily parted ways with us.  Hanging out in front, with Josh sitting on the velibs, discussing the day ahead.

Fred and I jumped on the metro and made our way over to the Pompidou.  I really love the Pompidou museum.  Taking the escalator to the top floor is an experience in itself.  Paris reveals itself to you the higher you get.  At the top of the museum is the restaurant George.  The views are fantastic.  The food is quite good there too.  Owned by the same people who own Hotel Costes.  They own a variety of top restaurants around the city that serve the same menu.  Can't go wrong. 

We went to see the Lucien Freud exhibit.  Such an incredible painter.  A true artist.  There were quotes from him at each juncture of his life.  Each room had a group of paintings from different times of his life.  Both of us loved the exhibit.  So much that I bought the book and lugged it around Paris for the next couple of hours. 

Every time we come to Paris, we make sure to stop at Cuisine de Bar for lunch.  Located next to Poilane, one of the best bread stores in Paris.  I just love this place.  The menu is simple.  A tossed green salad with currants and red beans mixed with a ground mustard vinaigrette.  There are a variety of tartines to choose from.  Each tartine is served on a piece of bread from Poulaine.  Cuisineoven
If it needs to be heated, they use the bank of toaster ovens in the wall. 

I had the Provencal tomatoes with a slice of ham and goat cheese toasted. 

Fred went with the sardine mixture.  You can not go wrong here.  If you have room, the apple tartine is outrageous.

Then we walked and walked and walked back across the bridge.  Our favorite is a bridge which crosses the Seine where no cars are allowed. 

For some reason people have locked their locks in one particular location.  I am obviously missing something but it is a cool picture.  When we spent the summer here with the family, we went to a party on this bridge so we always refer to the bridge as "Pont Party". 

Walked into a few stores and tried on a few goodies.  Fred is always a good sport about that.  Back to the hotel for a little rest and relaxation before a late dinner.