There was lots of beautiful old furniture--too bad I can't get it home!
We sadly left the market, (well, David NOT so sadly!) We were just about frozen, so we decided to stop in the nearest cafe and have a hot lunch, and we found one near the Metro stop. It was the same one we ate at our last visit to Vanves--summer of 2010. Except we sat outside that time, but not today!
We each ordered the lunch special, roast pork with mushroom gravy, potatoes Dauphinoise, and roasted brussel sprouts. And, of course a carafe of wine! It really hit the spot, and we lingered until we were thawed out.
We needed to buy some groceries, so we Metro'd back to our neighborhood and went to our local supermarket. We trudged back up the hill with our heavy groceries, put them away, and decided to relax and warm up a bit before heading back out for the evening.
We wanted to visit the Champs Elysees Christmas Market again, and this time we started at the other end, very near the Tuileries Garden. We came out of the Metro to this pretty sight--the Luxor Obelisk.
It has a very interesting history, it was given to France by the people of Egypt in the early 1800's. Here's what Wikipedia says:
The Place de la Concorde is also where the La Grand Roue of Paris. It's huge! We plan on a spin--but decided to wait until the line isn't a mile long! I'm sure the views are amazing.
We crossed several lines of traffic, and finally came to the start of the Market. This view is taken from the middle of the Champs Elysees, looking toward the Arch de Triomphe. It is so sparkly and beautiful!
Here's David with a big stuffed moose along the Champs:
There's an ice skating rink--lots of crazy people whizzing around and around:
I found Santa again:
It was pretty mobbed--but we persevered for several blocks. We shared a hot wine and some roasted chestnuts--mmmmmm good!
About half way along the boulevard we spotted Santa AND his sleigh in the sky! I think it was suspended on a cable between two tall cranes, and it made it's way back and forth. There was a live Santa in the sleigh, and he would stand up and talk to the kids--they loved it! It was pretty cute.
After about an hour of the market and the crowds, we decided it was time to hop on the Metro back to our neighborhood.
Hmmmmm--the best laid plans! We saw a HUGE crowd of people up ahead, and couldn't quite figure out what they were looking at/waiting for. Well--they were waiting to go down the steps into the Metro! Can you imagine the mess IN the Metro? We didn't want to find out!
After a quick discussion, we decided we'd walk to a different Metro, and we saw this beauty shining in the distance. We walked towards the tower--can't get lost that way!
It was really a nice evening for a walk, and Paris is so beautiful at night. Here's looking up river towards Place du Concorde:
We walked and walked and walked--finally ending up in our "old" neighborhood Metro stop. We easily found our way home from there.
We had a late dinner at a restaurant near our apartment--La Pierrade, at the corner of Rue Yvonne le Tac & Rue des Martyrs. We'd looked at the menu in passing, and it looked interesting.
They specialize in fondue and racelette, but we didn't feel like more cheese, so we had the "formule du soir, or choice of the evening. We each chose a different starter, and a different main dish.
My charcuterie board--served on a piece of black slate. It was pretty tasty, especially those tiny pickles:
For my main dish, I chose Boeuf Bourguignon, it was melt in you mouth tender and delicious. The red wine sauce was scrumptious!
David ordered Duck Confit--it came with too many potatoes, but the duck was wonderful:
A carafe of red wine rounded out our dinner, and we shared a small creme brûlée; a perfect ending to another lovely day in Paris.
It was a short 1/2 block walk to our apartment, and these Travelin' Lundburys are going to bed early--we're just pooped!
Good night from beautiful Paris…...