There is no doubt that the trip we are on should be about 3 days shorter…at least for everyone except me.  Alas.  I really enjoyed Copenhagen.  A very beautiful city.  Didn't love Amsterdam but now we are in Paris.  I just love Paris.  I love the vibe, the food, the culture, the sophistication, the whole damn thing.  So it is the perfect ending to a few weeks in Europe. 

Josh and I took a train from Amsterdam into Paris.  So damn easy.  Fred flew to Berlin for the day for a board meeting and would meet us later in Paris.  Booking the hotel was my other screw-up.  I booked the wrong one.  It isn't the end of the world but I am definitely making sure to go through the next trip with a fine toothed comb before pulling any triggers.  This reminds me of why I need to slow down and take a deep breath this summer.

Once we go to our hotel, we cleaned up and made our way out.  First stop was Colette.  Big sales happening in Paris right now.  Soldes signs in every window.  Colette used to be a little more manageable but I still do like stopping in to take a peak..and if I am lucky buy something.  After Colette we walked over to Le Rubis for a glass of wine.  An old school wine bar that only serves French wines and a few things to eat at lunch only. 

Our dinner was on the Left Bank so we took a stroll through the Tuilleries.  We are staying on the Right Bank.  The last couple of times in Paris we stayed on the right because it is centrally located.  Next time I might go back to the left because it is so much more mellow.  The summer carnival was in full swing.  I couldn't convince Josh to get on the carousel with me.

We had some time to kill so we walked over to the Jeu de Paume.  Vintage photographs by Eva Besnyo.  She documented the streets from her 20's starting in Berlin.  She was committed to working with the press and got them a photo daily.  The old school of Instragram.

We walked over the Seine and made our way to dinner.  We ate at Atelier Joel de Robuchon.  Always good and a fave.  We split a good bottle of Burgundy.

We both started with the white fish carpaccio.  Doused with olive oil, herbs and a slight bit of lemon.  Amazing.

Our second course was seriously rich and dense.  Josh had the spaghetti carbonera.  Beyond over the top. 

Foie gras
I went with the classic foie gras.  Served warm with poached cherries.  Sublime.

For the main course I had pork that had been cooked on a piece of wood with roasted vegetables on the side.  Quite simple.

Josh had the steak.  The roasted potatoes here are over the top.  They must be cooked in duck fat.  On the side they also serve mashed potatoes with butter, butter and more butter.

For dessert Josh had a serving of lemon sorbets. 

They always end the meal with a few caramels just to finish you off.  We loved it.  We walked back to the hotel to watch the Portugal/Spain soccer match and meet up with Fred.  Ended up in a local bar to watch the game and get Fred something to eat.  Fred definitely got the short end of the stick that night.

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Comments (Archived):

  1. Krizia

    I hope Josh knows how lucky he is to hang out with his cool mom in Paris!

    1. Gotham Gal

      Funny enough I think he does

      1. RichardF

        good for him I remember my first trip to Paris as a stroppy teenager with my parents, it was brilliant but I didn’t think so at the time!

        1. Gotham Gal

          He didn’t either but by round 3 he was hooked

  2. David Smuts

    GG I seriously think you need a PA. What about an Aux Pair who could help with you with administering both the household and your workload? Otherwise it might be worthwhile investing in a part time PA/secretary. I’m being completely serious here. She (or he) could help you become less burned out, more productive and their salary would well be covered by your increased productivity. A woman can’t be all things, to all people, all the time. Just my tuppence worth.Hope you and the fam are having a great and well deserved holiday!all my bestDavid

  3. ellen

    Lovely and amazing food. Did you know foie gras will be banned in California soon?

    1. Gotham Gal

      Yes. So sad

  4. William Mougayar

    I love Paris too. We tried L’atelier in London last week, but it wasn’t as good as the one in Paris from a 2 year old trip…unless both of them have gone downhill a bit, judging by your lukewarm review.

    1. Gotham Gal

      Its still good but not as special and unique as it was years ago. Perhaps just my experience but sometimes the first time is your best time

      1. William Mougayar

        Same feelings here.

  5. CCjudy

    How wonderful for you and your family. thank you for the Angela Davis birthday photo – drink one espresso for me please

  6. brazil6

    Fabulous!! enjoy your stay 🙂

  7. Ryan Drew

    Random question, but do you ever stop at Deyrolle on your way to Atelier? The store is fascinating.

    1. Gotham Gal

      I am not sure. Terrible with names but good at seeing. What’s there?

      1. Ryan Drew

        All taxidermy. So random, but worth a visit (if you don’t find taxidermy repulsive).

        1. Gotham Gal

          I know it. Yes. Very cool