Note to self: Always wear sunscreen.
What. A. Day. My feet are absolutely fried after visiting nearly every corner of Paris today.
I woke up later than usual today (7:00am) to a growling stomach. After planning the day’s activities I set off to find myself some food.
On the way to the metro I stopped by a boulangerie and bought my first croissant of the trip. Coming in at a hefty 0.95€ it was flaky and buttery and hit the spot.
First tourist stop of the day was the Sacré-Cœur Basilica. An amazing church atop a hill in the 8th arrondissement, the enormity of it was quite overwhelming. I decided to walk around the outside of the church and was surpised to find no one else doing so. It was really quite spectacular to see the intricate details on every nook and cranny of the church.
After the Sacré-cœuer I walked to Le Grenier à Pain. There’s a few of these bakeries around Paris, and this one was open on a Sunday, which is a miracle. I picked up a pain au raisin to eat as I walked to the metro and a ficelle apero lardon emmental (cheese and bacon roll) for later. Snapped a quick photo of the Moulin Rouge on the way as well.
The pain au raisin was really tasty. Super flaky, plenty of sultanas, both plump and soft ones on the inside and crispy ones on the outside. The custard middle was ace aswell.
I was captivated by the Arc de Triomphe, it’s ginormous, yet there is so much detail involved. I climbed the stairs to the top and was awarded 360° views of Paris. I got my first look at the Eiffel tower (I was over come with #dorkygrin and my heart skipped a beat when I saw it), the Champs Elysees, Notre Dame and the rest of Paris as far as the eye could see. It wasn’t too overcast either so it was nice to just walk in circles and marvel at a view I had imagined for a very long time.
Next I went for a walk down the Champs Elysees, which to be honest was pretty meh. With the globalisation of shopping chains these days there was nothing down the street that I couldn’t have bought back home. The cheese and bacon roll made for excellent walking food though.
By this point it was midday and I was already dying from the heat, but I skulled 2L of water and pushed on. A quick snap of the Grand and Petit Palais, a walk over the Seine, a visit to the Musee d’Orsay and a walk past the Louvre got me to 4pm.
By this point I was famished. I hobbled to Creperie de Paris and had my first nutella crepe of the trip, after they came highly recommended by Ash and Dee. YUUUUUM. I mean it’s nutella so you can’t really go wrong. But this was hot and fluffy and so, so tasty. (I totally started eating before I remembered to snap a photo)
A walk through Le Marais and a falafel the size of my head (so tasty, falafel was crispy and moist, additions, especially eggplant, were on point) got me through to the late afternoon where I finally returned back to the airbnb for an afternoon nap.
I knew I wanted to go to Clown Bar for dinner, but getting out of bed after my nap proved a struggle, given the heat and my aching feet. By the time I got to the restaraunt it was 8pm and they weren’t going to fit me in till 9, so I went and had a couple of glasses of wine and came back an hour later.
I’m so glad I did, because man oh man are they dishing out some ace food from that kitchen. I had the fermented onion tart to start, which was served on a buckwheat crepe. The crepe was crispy at the edges and nice and soft in the middle, but still strong enough to support the onion. The onion, oh man, the onion. It was both creamy and sweet like caramelised onion should be, but also had a bit of tang from the fermentation. It was so yum I’d go back just for it.
The main waa a duck and foie gras pie. This is the dish I came for. It’s been on their menu for years and looks absolutely amazing whenever I’ve seen a photo. The perfect medium-rare duck and smooth foie gras is encased in a perfectly flaky pastry to create this melt in your mouth sensation. The date puree, somehow spiked with yuzu refreshes the palate and allows you to keep going back for more. Or all, like I did.
I’m so content right now, my tummy is full, I’ve got a wine buzz and I’m so tired I know I’ll sleep well.
Bonne nuit! Xx