Maddie had purchased a pair of jeans yesterday at TopShop and wanted to wear them today. She put them on only to find out that the HUGE security sensor had not been removed! We don't know how the young man missed it when she was checking out. We had a train to catch so we couldn't return to the store to have it removed. I checked google and found out that TopShop is not located in Paris, however they do have a small section in Galleries Lafayette. We met our taxi on time and grabbed a muffin at the Costa coffee shop when we arrived at the train station. We went through security and waited a short time for the train. Our train travel was uneventful and we all took a nap on the train which made the two hours seem very short. We traveled by metro to the Hotel Millesime as there is a direct line to the stop near the hotel on the 4 line. Unfortunately we had to haul our bags up several steps at the Saint-Germain-des-Pres stop. The first few weren't so bad but we were laughing so hard at ourselves that the remaining steps were rough. Not to mention we all had 25" suitcases!! We pulled our suitcases to the hotel and only one room was available early which was fine. All of the bags went into that room and we immediately left for lunch. Debbie has been talking about French Onion Soup since we started planning this trip so that was what was on the menu today. We ate at a cafe on the corner, Le Pre Aux Clercs.
Debbie and I had onion soup and Maddie chose a delicious salad that had greens, pasta, chicken, olives, walnuts, cucumbers and cheese. There was very little left in the plate when she was done. We stopped into Laduree across the street from the restaurant to pick up some Macarons for me.
After shopping for and snacking on Macarons, we wandered in the St. Germain streets, one of my favorite things to do!
We stopped at Amorino to have some Gelato for dessert. You choose the size cone or cup you want and they make a flower out of the gelato using as many flavors as you would like. Debbie had sorbet and Maddie and I had Gelato. It was delicious and somehow I think we may end up there again before this trip is over!
Maddie was carrying her blue jeans and receipt with her because we had planned to go to the TopShop department and see if they could take off the security sensor. I forgot that the TopShop was at Galleries Lafayette and instead took us to Bon Marche where we discovered that indeed there was no TopShop there! Going to Bon Marche was not a total loss as my two favorite chocolate shops are either on the way or nearby...Patrick Roger and Maison du Chocolat.
|the chocolate displays at Patrick Roger never disappoint!|
We decided to take the Metro over to Galleries Lafayette and try to find the TopShop department. We had success in finding it, but the sensors they had were not the same.
|The gorgeous stained glass dome of Galleries Lafayette|
|Views from the rooftop of Galleries Lafayette|
|located in Galleries Lafayette is another of my favorite Macaron shops...Pierre Herme|
|I like to go to this location because it is rarely crowded, unlike the St. Germain location where lines will form outside of the door!|
Sophie prepared a delicious meal of veal cooked in a light sauce, a roasted vegetable medley of eggplant, zucchini, and tomato and also a pan of tiny little cubes of roasted potatoes.
|Vincent always serves us delicious wine!|
Sophie also had a chocolate cake in the shape of a flower, an apple and apricot tart, and some pots de creme. We were so spoiled!
|We thought it was so interesting that Sophie was cutting the Torte with scissors. I would have never thought to do that but what a smart idea!|
|our beautiful French family (L to R) Amy, Sophie, Vincent, Apolline, Axelle, Albane and Augustin|