Woke up to a beautiful sunny day. Cleaned up and went down to breakfast. It’s hard to believe that this is our last day in Paris.
Since we still had time left on our tickets, we walked back to Notre Dame and hopped on the batobus. We decided to do a circuit just to see the sites one last time. Definitely getting our money’s worth with these tickets. The boats are pretty full today. Each stop sees many people getting off and on. Even though it’s early afternoon, it’s pretty warm out. We make sure we stay in the shade as much as possible.
When the boat returns to the Notre Dame stop, we hop off and take a little walk. Our first stop is at Shakespeare & Company. It’s a bookstore that has been around for years. Apparently lots of others want to see it too – there is a long line and security only allows a limited number of people in at one time. We decide to take a few pictures and then move along.
Our next stop was at Pont Neuf. We took the stairs down to the water level to find a historic marker. This was the spot where the last Templar Grandmaster – Jacques de Molay was burned at the stake by order of King Philip IV on 18 March 1314. A plaque on the wall commemorates the event.
It was definitely getting hotter and more crowded, so we decided to head back to the hotel to rest up before dinner. The a/c in the hotel was a welcomed relief from the heat outside. We relaxed and I worked on the blog until it was time to clean up for dinner.
Dinner tonight is at a restaurant named ‘Cézembre’. We’re looking forward to trying it out as we’ve heard good things about it. We arrived a few minutes early and the guy from Zorba Greek restaurant tried to convince us to eat there. He seemed a little put out that we weren’t interested until we said “next time’.
Dinner here is another Chef’s choice menu. It was five courses, plus an amuse-bouche and mini cakes at the end. Instead of the wine pairing menu, we went with a bottle of Domaine Gérard Deplessis “Le Clos” Chablis. The first four courses paired well with the wine – we had dishes that included langoustines, cod, artichokes, squash and mushrooms. For the final course, which was roasted lamb, the waiter brought us a glass of red wine from the Languedoc, saying we needed red wine with lamb. Dessert was next, followed by some mini-Madelines and mini-chocolate lava cakes. Cézembre exceeded our expectations and was another wonderful dining experience at a very reasonable price.
Another beautiful night’s stroll back to the hotel. We leave in the morning so we wanted to get a good night’s sleep.