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. 

Comments (Archived):

  1. flincing…And across the street from this fav, is their sandwich shopDirectly across the street from the above restaurant Fish is their sandwich shop, which for the life of me, I cannot remember the name. But if you are in that part of town, stick your head in the door, and be hungry before you go.Love your blog.

      1. Gotham Gal

        Our kids went today for lunch. So funny. They loved it. They believe it was a total idea/knock-off of the Cosi chain in US.

    1. Gotham Gal

      Thanks…will check it out

      1. flincing

        Amazing that your kids checked it out today! ESP?? Well, you can tell them that the story is the reverse:25 February 1996, New York Times, pg. CY4:The Concept Is From Paris;The Bread Is From ScratchcosiSANDWICH BARTiffany Muse, 28 years old, lived in Paris for two years and almost every day wentto the Cosi Sandwich Bar. So did Jay Wainwright, 25, and his brother, SHep, 22, when they lived in Paris.When they all returned to the United States, they craved a Cosi sandwich, which led them to a larger idea. Last week, they opened the Cosi Sandwich Bar at 165 East 52d Street, between Third and Lexington Avenues.All sandwiches are made to order, with the bread, it is promised, no more than 30 seconds old. There are about 20 sandwiches, among them tandoori grilled chicken and coriander roasted tomatoes. Ms. Muse learned how to make the bread from the original owner.

        1. Gotham Gal

          Aha. Didn’t realize that. My friends brother is really good friends withthe people behind Cosi. Didn’t realize they spent 2 years in France.Although knowing the crew who know them, doesn’t surprise me.

    1. Gotham Gal

      Will check it out. Love Cool Hunting.

    2. Gotham Gal

      This place is half a block from where we lived our summer in Paris. I remember them building it. So funny

      1. D Routman

        i lived a few blocks from there in 1986, and on the ile st louis. i don’t believe you’ve ever mentioned berthillon ice cream….

        1. Gotham Gal

          I have. Good stuff! Although the ice cream place on Rue de Bac is prettydamn good too. Amorino

  2. William Mougayar

    Now we know Fred likes sardines. Did I count 3 sardine meals this week? Quick, take him to Sicily …

    1. fredwilson

      funny thing is i don’t think of myself as a sardine lover, but actions speak louder than words

  3. David Noël

    The locks on bridges have their origin in Rome. Newlyweds lock their locks on a bridge and throw the key into the water to “lock in their love”. I saw this in Cologne too, on the main Hohenzollern bridge next to the Cathedral.

    1. Gotham Gal

      Interesting. City of Love