Posts Tagged ‘Notre Dame’
Our last visit to Paris was in the interstice between summer and spring. We had tired ourselves walking the greater part of two weeks. By the time my mind was made up about walking up the stairs of Notre Dame church, my feet had defected. So we decided to climb the stairs early on in this trip.
Fortified at Terroir Parisien, the climb didn’t appear quite as tedious. Yes, the stairs are narrow and uneven. Yes, there are several others lumbering up with you adding to the sense of claustrophobia. It is worthwhile thinking that the monks didn’t have access to handrails back then. There are two levels of roof access which really helps break up the tedium of climbing. The first level with the gargoyles is definitely more photogenic but the top level provides an uninterrupted and expansive view of the city.
Food in Paris can be overwhelming. Particularly after a week of breakfasting on croissants, lunching on baguette and pâtés, and dining on delicious cuts of game birds, and pigs cooked in clarified butter and fortified with bacon jus. And crème fraiche topped pastries in between meals. How can you not eat well in Paris? But you can be also be overwhelmed by the craft – thousand layers in Pierre Hermes’ mille-feuille, minced pig’s feet stuffed in small potatoes at Christian Constants’ Les Cocottes, Joël Robuchon’s langoustini ravioli with truffle sauce to name a few. Le Reminet by Seine, near Notre Dame, is a tiny restaurant where we ate one of the most delicious meals this Paris trip. And we could have been eating in San Francisco.