Monday, October 06, 2008

Paris - Day 2 - L'escargot vole

Breakfast at a nearby Brasserie then walked to the Cimitiere Montparnasse where we sought out the graves of Samuel Beckett, Baudelaire, Sartre, Beauvoir, Poincarre and others. There is an extraordinary tomb of Mt Pigeon and his wife, lying on their bed in full 19th century dress.

As if that weren't enough on the macabre side we walked to the catacombs and spent a jolly couple of hours wandering underground among the bones of 6 million Parisians. This was used by the resistance and is a very odd experience.

To Chartier for lunch and it remains my favourite lunch spot in Paris. Food is great, very French and cheap. Ken had a struggle with one of his escargots and sent it flying from his tongs. He was covered in green sauce and only recovered the said snail when the people from the next table had left. he didn't want the waiter to think he had eaten the whole thing.

Satisfactorily stuffed, we walked down to the Pompidou Centre and into the Museum of Modern Art. The Pompidou Centre often seem like a building in search of a purpose. It's not a comfortable place and as there were no internal exhibitions, felt its usual cavernous self.

Dinner at Le Benoit, a Michelin Star restaurant in the Marais district. No dish, entree or starter, was less than £25, but the food was excellent and James joined us fresh (well maybe not) from the Eurostar - he had missed his flight! Couldn't for the life of us get a taxi to stop so Metro back to hotel.