Lois Reynolds Mead

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Mars, two…

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IMG_5735Leaving the awe-inspiring view of the Eiffel Tower, we walked in the direction of Avenue Rapp. We knew that there were Jules Lavirotte ceramic buildings on the street, although we had not brought with us any street numbers.  We thought we would recognize them when we saw them and, besides, a little walking up and down would not hurt. We found the street and, bam, there was the best building ever. Tile by Bigot, architecture by Lavirotte, 1901…29 Avenue Rapp…

IMG_5739Difficult to get a full view, but have I got details for you…

IMG_5740 IMG_5742 IMG_5738IMG_5744 IMG_5745 IMG_5746 IMG_5747 IMG_5748 IMG_5749 IMG_5750 IMG_5751 IMG_5752 IMG_5753 IMG_5754Walking in the direction of Rue Cler…looking for lunch. Coming to the corner of Avenue Rapp and Square Rapp, my eye caught another glorious building…

IMG_5756 IMG_5757We moved closer and the end of the Square caught my eye…the most amazing trompe l’oeil work of black painted lattice on a flat wall…

IMG_5759We went closer to see the wrought iron fence that was open and the entrance to the building on the left. Hard to get pictures of it because of the intense sunlight partially on the facade…

IMG_5763IMG_5760 IMG_5766 IMG_5761I snapped and snapped until TM said, “That’s a Lavirotte, too!”

IMG_5762Oh, yes it was! Satisfied, at last, I turned around to leave the Square and, bam, it happened again…

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The best view ever…I would not mind leaving an apartment every morning, seeing this…sigh…my goal in life now is to see if there is a way to experience the inside of a Lavirotte building…

We were wandering in the direction of Rue Cler and went down Rue St. Dominique. We passed a bistro that was on our list of classic French Bistros to try while in Paris so chose it for lunch. There was Mars, again. An actual likeness of him on the Fountaine de Mars, along with Hygieia the goddess of health, cleanliness and sanitation, which has been there since ca. 1806 standing in front of a military hospital. The bistro has been there since 1908.

MarsIMG_5773IMG_5772We sat at the first table inside the arcade on the right so that my view was this…

IMG_5769To my right was looking into the main restaurant including the tile floor (!!) and Bentwood chairs. (I have one of those exact chairs at home that I bought 35 years ago when we moved into our first home in Redlands.)

IMG_5770To my left was the station where all the waiters came…

IMG_5771The red-checked tablecloths and napkins bearing the name of the bistro.

IMG_5768Speaking of waiters…oh, la, la! (Talking to TM in French…music to my ears…)

IMG_5774And, yes, the meal was fabulous…

IMG_5775Oeufs au Madiran (poached eggs in wine sauce) I have made this recipe since I have been home using this recipe from French Food at Home. The recipe calls for bacon but the original had chunks so I went with chunky.

For Him…

IMG_5776Cepe Mushroom Paté with truffle oil

For Me…

IMG_5777Poulet aux morilles (possibly the most succulent and tasteful chicken I ever ate)…

For Him…

IMG_5778Steak with Béarnaise sauce (in a pitcher to the right) and frites…

For both…

IMG_5779Oh, la, la…chocolate mousse…

Only half the day but I did not take any more pictures even though we went into a chocolate shop (unlike anything you have ever seen),  looked for a patisserie rumored to have the best lemon tarte (closed because it was Sunday), and walked the entire length of rue Cler set up with a classic French flea market…Snacked lightly in our apartment for dinner, fell into bed exhausted and got up the next morning to do it all over again…

Author: loisreynoldsmead

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One thought on “Mars, two…

  1. Thank you for sharing! (Merci)

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