Warning! Don't attempt this at home. A Parisian feeding frenzy.
|Thick hot chocolate and a piece of heavenly chocolate cake at Jean-Paul Hevin|
Usually I like when people leave comments because otherwise I start feeling as if I'm carrying on a monotonous conversation with myself. I have to admit, however, that I'm relieved that only two people responded to my question about what they would do on their first day in Paris because I had rather foolishly decided that I would follow their suggestions. The result was a grueling food fest that should only be attempted with extreme caution by those who have undergone intensive training!
Starting point: Concorde metro station
Ending point: Mabillon metro station
Duration: approximately 4 1/2 hours
Level: expert eater with years of training under their belt
After seeing that Jean-Paul Hévin is Le Figaro's top choice for hot chocolate, I threw caution to the wind and ordered a cup of their aphrodisiac brew flavored with ginger and spices even though Stephane is in Italy this week. It went well with a sinfully rich piece of Guayaquil cake. After all, what's better than chocolate x 2 and a full belly!
Knowing that the next challenge of eating some Berthillon ice cream would require a bit of preparation, I walked through the Tuileries Garden on my way to l'Ile St. Louis.
|My favorite statue is a reminder that curvaceous is beautiful! I'm going to show this photo to Stephane |
the next time he mentions the belly that I've been growing (nurturing!) since we moved to Paris.
|People taking it easy by one of the fountains in the Tuileries Garden. Perhaps they |
were victims of the infamous Parisian feeding frenzy!
|Unfortunately, Berthillon at 31 rue Saint-Louis en l'Ile is closed on Monday. |
But did that stop me from following Sara's suggestion? No!
|Because there are plenty of other places, like the one shown above, on l'Ile St. Louis that serve Berthillon ice cream.|
|Joseph's suggestion was to drink a glass (or a bottle!) of champagne. I deviated slightly by having a glass of kir|
with peanuts but took a photo of the couple next to me who followed his recommendation.
|Joseph also said that he likes to do a bit of people watching on his first day in Paris.|
|As I staggered on to the metro, I thought about how good it feels to be home. |
Thanks for a perfect afternoon and a very full stomach!
|P.S. This photo of the Brasserie de l'Ile St. Louis was added in response to Joseph's comment about|
the location of the cafe. It's on the Quai de Bourbon.