September 8, 2007 - Paris

Fourteen flights arrived all within about 20 minutes in Paris which caused a 2 hour delay in getting luggage and getting to our hotel in Paris, but we were still the first to arrive at the Hotel Saint Louis on the Ile Saint Louis. We selected this location because of the unbelievable sense of peace and quiet despite being in the very center of Paris. It sits just 1 block from the end of the island so within walking distance to some great cafes for breakfast and cocktails.

My husband and I popped in to one for a Cafe Noisette (espresso with just a drop of cream in it) and a chocolate croissant before meeting up with our group. We headed out to explore the Latin Quarter and stopped for lunch at a typical bistro where I dug right in with my favorite Parisian treat, Salade au Chevre Chaud - mixed greens with a huge amounts of goat cheese melted onto large croutons - washed down with some champagne. After lunch we continued our touring with a Seine River cruise which is a great thing to do for first timers to Paris.
By dinner time everyone was wiped out from the travel so we headed to an Italian restaurant right on the island, Sens'o. We were giddy and hungry and shared appetizers of Buffalo Mozzarella with Tomatoes & Basil and Beef Carpaccio before ordering three pizzas - four cheese, vegetarian, and a ham and cheese. For wine we shared a light red wine from the Brouilly region.


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