Paris 2013: Day 14 — St-Germain Quarter


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A French brasserie with orange umbrellas!

Tuesday, 8/6/13

I woke up at 8:15am.  We are sleeping better.   We must be over the jet-lag so I can stop complaining about that now.

It is another slow morning for us with a late breakfast.   My DH had to try a new bakery this morning to get our baguette.   Apparently many businesses close for the month of August.  We knew that but we did not know the extent of the practice – stores and restaurants of all kinds forfeit a month’s worth of tourist dollars  to spend the summer elsewhere.  Could be because many places here do not have air conditioning and heat of Paris can be very uncomfortable — as we have found out.

Today I choose the walk – walking tour #5 out of the “Frommer’s Memorable Walks in Paris” book.   This walk covers the “intellectual, argumentative, creative, and cosmopolitan spirit” of the St-Germain Quarter district.   We head out of the apartment around 11am.   The weather is noticeably cooler and a bit cloudy – perfect walking weather!   Here are the highlights:

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Shops on the Boulevard St-Germain des Pres.

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Ecole des Beaux-Arts is Paris’s famous art school. Degas, Matisse, Monet, and Renoir are some of its graduates. See the painting of the kitty?

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Time for a coffee break!

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Rue Christine is where Gertrude Stein lived as well as a location for a number of popular bars where US soldiers used to hang out at the end of WWII.

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Rue des Grands Augustin. Picasso lived here, close to his friend Gertrude Stein.

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Rue Cour du Commerce. Dr Guillotine had an office here where he perfected his device on sheep.

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This cafe looks like an old French cafe! Unfortunately, it is not highly rated on Tripadvisor. Stlll, it looks really French!

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The St-Germain Quarter has lots of places to eat…

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…places to buy flowers…

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…places to buy ice cream…

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…but now is time to get serious about dinner!

Around 6:30pm, we decide to have a fancy French dinner at a restaurant called La Procope – Ben Franklin ate here!

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Le Procope is a French restaurant highly recommended on Tripadvisor. Ben Franklin ate here, his picture hangs in the window.

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Oh-la-la! Very nice!

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We shared an Onion Soup! It was huge! Look at all that cheese! It was as good as it looks!

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My DH ordered the Beef Shank — minus the bone! It was excellent!

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I ordered the Trout Almondine — it came with the bones! Good thing I watch Food Network, I knew how to de-bone it myself. It was also excellent!

After dinner, we take the Metro back to the apartment.   I finish the laundry and my DH calls his cousin to set up a visit.   The rest of the evening is email and a bit of the shows on BBC.   It is cloudy and rain is expected – good sleeping weather!

Quote of the day:   “Really?  We’ve been here two weeks?”  — DH

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