Thursday, March 20, 2008

Le Flore en L'Ile

Having walked from our apartment in the Marais to the Ile de la Cite' and admired both the inside of Sainte-Chapelle and the outside of Notre Dame, (we did go in but Notre Dame was simply packed with school groups and tourists so we were swept around the church in a human current at a pace that didn't encourage gazing and appreciation), found the marker in the plaza from which all distances in France are measured, admired the equestrian statue of Charlemagne and mourned over the Deportation memorial, we were more than ready for lunch. We crossed the little bridge from the Ile de la Cite' to the Ile St. Louis and ate at a little restaurant with a dark green awning at the foot of the bridge, Le Flore en l'Ile. The heavens opened just as we sat down to eat, making us feel doubly blessed to be indoors in such a special setting.

The omelet with ham, cheese and mushrooms was perfectly cooked, the green salad was lightly dressed with a vinaigrette and the frites were crisp on the outside but almost creamy on the inside. The view of Notre Dame
floating on her neighboring island completed the perfect lunch in this elegant little restaurant and the rest prepared us for the other half of our day admiring Paris on shank's mare.


Blogger Terry B said...

Thank you for the quick visit to a corner of Paris! You reminded me of a trip I took there. In Sainte-Chapelle I actually found the lower chapel for the common folk more beautiful than the upper chapel reserved for royalty. And I ate in that very restaurant--lovely!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008  
Blogger Greg said...

A lovely lunch.I'm afraid to ask what that cost in battered US dollars.

Thursday, March 20, 2008  
Blogger Zoomie said...

TerryB, small world! Loved your site!

Greg, not the best exchange rate but, honestly, with that food and that view and that particular character of a waiter, it was worth every Euro! My Dear Old Dad used to say, "It's only money - you can't take it with you" and I have embraced that, at least while on vacation! :-)

Thursday, March 20, 2008  

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