“Step away from the fridge! ” I barked at my husband. “It’s wired!” I continued.
“You’ve just picked up the bottle of water. We’ve got five seconds before we’re charged. We can still salvage the situation. Put the bottle down and slowly close the fridge.” I added.
And this begins our first day in Paris.
I admit, while we like to stay in nice places when we travel, I can never bring myself to pay for the snacks and drinks from the minibar. It is, in my opinion, legalized robbery!… so when my husband decided he needed a drink of water, I said, let’s just go have a stroll around the neighborhood and grab something to eat. I am sure, the price of water in our hotel would cost even more than a little sandwich!
Our hotel is located on the Rue de Castiglione, on the first arondissment. It’s just a few steps away from the Jardin des Tuileries so we made a beeline to the gardens.
The first thing we see are a few little ponies for hire.
I ask the man in charge if I can take a ride in one. He looks at me up and down and up and down again, gives a little laugh and says that I am too big and will scare the ponies away.
So instead, I go for a ride on the carousel, at least, these horses won’t get scared!
Finally, we take a stroll around and find a cafe… The Bar du Marche in Saint German serves coffee that was definitely cheaper than the hotel water… but at 4 euro each, not by much!
For dinner we went to Les Cocottes, one of the four restaurants of Christian Constant located on the Rue St. Dominique. It’s my first time in this particular restaurant but have been to two other Christian Constant restaurants before and have always been impressed. This one is just as good. We are lucky as many restaurants in Paris are closed on Easter Monday and this restaurant does not take bookings but we manage to get seats by the bar. I love the concept that every dish is served in a cast iron cocotte. A few pictures of the dishes we ordered.
To end the meal how could we not order The Fabulous Chocolate Tart by Christian Constant. I found the tart a bit too rich for my liking but I thought it was great marketing nonetheless! For a recipe inspired by Christian Constant, click here.