Sunday, July 7, 2013

Euro Tour - Saint Germain Region

So even when not traveling on tour, blogging is difficult as we still are up early and still come home late. Today we toured Paris by bus and then did a 1 hour cruise of the Seine River. A quick break this afternoon was followed by trips to the beautiful Eglise Saint-Sulpice (famous from the DaVinci Code specially the Gnomon) and Saint-Germain-des-Pres. Two incredible churches. It was Sunday and Mass was on in both churches.

Saint Sulspice - © 2013 Francois Cleroux
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We walked around and found our way to the famous cafe, The Deux Magots. No, not the two "maggots" but the Ma Go, French for loot or treasures that were two statues that were part of the premises before the cafe was built in 1884.

It once had a reputation as the rendezvous of the literary and intellectual élite of the city. It is now a popular tourist destination. Its historical reputation is derived from the patronage of Surrealist artists, intellectuals such as Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, and young writers such as Ernest Hemingway. Other famous patrons included Albert Camus, Pablo Picasso, James Joyce, Bertold Brecht and the American writer Charles Sutherland.


Les Deux Magots - © 2013 Francois Cleroux

Today it is still very much a thriving cafe. The food (my wife had Chicken Oysters with Truffle Risotto and I had Steak Tartar) was exceptional. The surroundings, the day, the weather, the ambiance oh, and the wine all made it a spectacular meal. Highly recommended. 

From there we sauntered towards the Louvre and checked out the Jardin de Tuileries before hitting the Metro to get back to our Hotel. A wonderful evening in Paris.

© 2013 Francois Cleroux

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