08/30/2015 - 08/30/2015 90 °F
What an adventure (pr. "Exhausting") our first day in Europe was! Landing in Amsterdam and traversing via rail to Paris, then navigating the Metro subway and walking to the hotel. On the way to the hotel, I couldn't stop looking around at the incredible architecture. The train station "gare" was incredible.
We are staying at the Marriott Paris Rive Gauche hotel and after getting checked in, we rallied a bit, showered off the 24 hours of travel and went out in pursuit of something to eat. We visited Montparnasse and took the elevator to the 56th floor, onto the observation deck. It gave us a 360* view of the city, a nice way to see the lay of the land and begin to plan our adventures. As excited as we were, we knew food needed to be next on out plan.
We wandered around the district a bit and saw a restaurant that looked inviting. In France, the menu, including pricing, is all displayed outside of the restaurant and prices include tax and service charge. Fortunately, this Brasserie had an English translation below each item and we kind of needed that!! The server did not speak a lot of English, and we used our phrase book and ordered. Eric asked to have the confit duck, but was told the kitchen had run out. He looked over at the special hamburger menu and the server ripped it out of his hand super fast and said "NO HAHMBEURGERS! (In a very deep French accent) hahahaha! He recommended a veal dish over risotto and Eric agreed to try it. At this point, I didn't dare do anything but ask him for a recommendation. He asked if I liked seafood and then recommended the cod prepared basque style, served over potatoes. We each ordered a beer and sat back to take everything in. Both meals were incredible. The French sure know how to cook!! We finished up dinner and headed back to the hotel. We no sooner stretched out on the bed and were both fast asleep. Happy first day in Paris!