Thursday, October 3, 2013

Elusive Joan of Arc Statue Located!

Today we took the bus to try to find the Joan of Arc statue I claimed to have seen.  We narrowed its location down to two bus routes and, unfortunately, it wasn't on the first route we tried.  However, on the second route, which took us to the foot of rue St. Jean d'Arc, we found it.  It was not an equestrian statue, like I thought I had seen, but it was clearly Joan of Arc.

After getting off the bus and taking the photo, we walked to the Escarpment near Rue Mouffetard.  We'd gotten a late start and were having trouble finding a cafe that was still serving food, so decided to head for a noodle place on Boulevard St. Germain that I was pretty sure served food all day.  It started to rain just as we were passing a cafe on rue Descartes that appeared to be still serving, so we ducked in there for lunch.  We got the €19 menu which offered 3 courses. We had salads for our first courses.  For the main course
I had grilled leg of lamb and Bill had bream Provencale.   We were both pleased with our choices.

The desserts were great too.  I had profiteroles (small cream puffs filled with ice cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce), while Bill had a chestnut puree with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, and whipped cream.

While we were eating we noticed a tour group and several smaller groups of people inspecting the building next to our cafe and taking photos.  Turns out that this was a building where Hemingway had lived for awhile and where the poet Verlaine died.

Today's baguette won first prize in the 2012 contest.  We have only 6 more baguettes to try to finish our project.

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