On our last day in Paris, after a small breakfast of the usual fresh bread, pastries, cheese, butter, and fruit, we headed to Chez Dumonet, a restaurant that (according to David Lebovitz) serves the best duck confit in Paris. We tried to visit the day before, but we arrived just after closing, so this time we were there early, determined not to miss out again. While we waited for it to open, we checked out the awesome used clothing stores in the area. One of the cool things there was a rack of old nightgowns, petticoats, bloomers, and nightcaps. Some were plain, but many of them had intricate collars and cuffs.
The duck confit ended up being amazing, and afterwards we had a delicious mille fleur and a plate of small treats, including tiny canelles, chocolate covered peeled grapes, tiny chocolate cups with pastry cream and raspberries, crisp little cookies, and coconut macaroons.
As if that wasn’t enough treats, we then headed to Pierre Marcolini, another chocolate shop, to continue our epic quest to find the best chocolate shop in Paris. This chocolate shop was different from the last two because it was very posh. The chocolates sat perfectly on their trays in the glass case, and around the room there were displays of chocolate boxes, cocoa nibs, and special square chocolate bars with the letters m-a-r-c-o-l-i-n-i written on them, one letter on each square. We got the usual dark chocolate covered caramels (to compare to the other shops) and we also got the special chocolate covered homemade marshmallows that David Lebovitz recommends. They were actually one of the main reasons we visited the shop. We ate them as we walked down the road along the River Seine, and though they were delicious, I think they would have been better if we hadn’t eaten them outside in the cold air.
I was nibbling away at mine, when from behind me I heard, “so, how did you like it?” My brother answered, “well, I didn’t really taste it, I was too busy trying not to choke” I turned around and saw that he had already finished his, and I was not even halfway through the small cube of marshmallow! He said, “I guess since I didn’t really taste it I should get another one!”
We had to cross the river to get to the l’Orangerie Museum, so we headed towards the nearest bridge, which looked like it was made of copper or brass or something. As we neared it, we realized that it was not copper or brass, but chain link covered in locks. I have seen a cool lock bridge before, in Venice, but it was still cool to see this one. There was a man playing the bagpipe on the bridge, and hawkers selling locks and sharpies to lovers who hadn’t planned ahead. But some had! We saw some elaborately engraved locks, painted locks, and even a carved one. There were one older than about ’06, so we guessed that they must clean the bridge pretty often, but there were some really heavy locks that looked like they would be very difficult to remove, even with lock cutters. By the way, for those who don’t know, the deal is you write your names, or a band’s name (I saw one with 1D on it (ha ha)), on a lock, you lock it on the bridge, and then you throw the key in the water to show undying love or something like that. Anyway, it was cool to look through the locks. It was kind of like seeing pieces of lots of stories, all gathered in one place.
Well, once we got to the Tuileries on the way to the l’Orangerie Museum, we passed by a fountain with little sail boats floating in it and small children running around the edges of the fountain and nudging boats away from the edges with long sticks. Some of the sails were patched, which made the boats look very quaint.
We finally made it to the l’Orangerie and got to spend a while admiring some of Monet’s greatest works in the place he designed for them. When we were finished with the museum, we headed back to the park for some people watching/reading before we went on an adventure to one of the Paris Uniqlo stores. I just have to say that I love Uniqlo because it has awesome colors and at the Japan Uniqlos, the clothes are made shorter (which is good for short people like me!).
After our adventure in Uniqulo, everyone agreed that we needed some refreshments, so on the way to our next stop (the Arc de Triomphe to see a view of the Eiffel Tower), we picked up some ice cream and crepes.
Unfortunately, we left our guidebook at home and we couldn’t remember where it was that had a good view of the Eiffel Tower. We thought it was the Arc de Triomphe, but when we finally got there we realized that it wasn’t the right spot because the view was not very good. The upside was that there was beautiful light so we had a photo shoot in front of the Arc.
We stopped by a café on the way back to our apartment and had some salad to add to our previous dinner of crepes and ice cream! It was a great last day in Paris!