[Video is from Saturday afternoon, when the Yellow Vest protesters marched peacefully
down the Rue du Commerce.]
|Interior of La Coupole, on the Boulevard du Montparnasse.|
Our timing was perfect again on the walk home; we passed by the Champ de Mars just as the Eiffel Tower began twinkling, on the hour, for ten minutes.
On Sunday, we took off for a mid-day walk, starting with a stroll through the Village Suisse. A few of the antique shops were open, but most elect to be open by appointment only these days. The shops are so small and the windows are so large that you can see just about everything in them even if they are closed.
|One of the many lovely flowerbeds in the Village Suisse.|
We decided to walk up the Avenue de Suffren to the Seine, where we continued a very long trek along the river bank over to Rue de Bac, where we ascended to the street level so that we could enjoy a mid-afternoon Sunday dinner at Le Frégate, a very traditional brasserie on the Quai Voltaire across from the Pont Royal.
|Looking up in the back dining room of Le Frégate.|
Tourists were out at the sidewalk tables enjoying drinks and snacks. Locals were with us, inside, enjoying a leisurely Sunday afternoon dinner.
We'd walked far beyond our daily goal on both Saturday and Sunday. So we took a taxi home from the Rue de Bac.
|Street art along the banks of the Seine.|
|Supreme de volaille jaune a La Coupole.|
Once again, the server noticed the trouble and immediately offered to replace Tom's steak. Tom asked for the beef filet instead (which costs 10 euros more). Eventually, the replacement steak came, with very good sauce and a big order of green beans on the side.
When the inedible steak was taken away, Tom was impressed to see a cluster of waiters dissecting and examining the meat. They seemed to agree that it was unacceptable.
On the way home, we took a slightly different route, veering off the Rue de Sevres onto the Boulevard Garibaldi, then the Rue Miollis. There we saw that the piano jazz bar called The Groovy which Tom had discovered a couple weeks ago had an announcement posted on its façade: the official opening of The Groovy is tomorrow! I hope we can go to hear live jazz there.
I showed Tom that the entrance to the enormous UNESCO annex is directly across from The Groovy. It is so inauspicious that it is easy to miss, but this large complex is certainly the most significant institution in this quarter.
Here are more photos and a video from the past few days:
|Notice the upstairs trompe l'oeil windows on this old village-y house on Rue Miollis.|
|Interior of the church of Notre Dame des Champs on the Boulevard du Montparnasse.|
|Tom enjoying his replacement steak at La Coupole.|
|The bad steak at La Coupole. I don't think this was the restaurant's fault;|
I would blame the supplier.
|The dazzling place that used to be called 1900 Paris is now a restored Chartier bouillon.|
|Message at the Place Henri Queuille: "We want no more to count our dead."|
|Interior of Le Frégate (above and below).|
|Multiple rope "hammocks" on the archipelago barges on the Seine|
are a great place to rest and put your feet up (as I did, below), but be careful: it isn't easy to
climb out of these things!
|La Tour on Sunday.|
|An adorable little bar, shut up tight on Sunday, on the Rue Violet.|
|Filet de boeuf with mashed potatoes and Swiss chard at Cleo.|
|A delicious tartare of salmon amuse bouche at Cleo.|
|Tom likes these rabbits on display outside a florist shop on the Avenue de la Tour Maubourg.|
|Little tents set up for sponsors of La Parisienne athletic event.|
|View from our balcony on Saturday as the Yellow Vest demonstrators marched by (see video, above).|