Saturday, November 2, 2013

Scallop Shells

First on today's agenda was lunch.  I had suggested a fish restaurant near rue de Buci.  It was tiny and crowded but the staff was very friendly and helpful.  Bill had an appetizer of grilled sardines, which he enjoyed a lot.

I got my favorite seafood, scallops.  It's the first time I've had them when they were still partially attached to the shell.  They came with pureed broccoli, and they tasted great.  As you can see, it's a very small serving, especially by American standards.

Bill got a fish called "maigre" and we're unable to figure out exactly what it is.  The waitress said it's a thin fish, but she couldn't be more specific.  It was served with black rice and radishes.

We shared a panna cotta for dessert.

Our plan had been to tour the garden of the residence of the prime minister.  It's scheduled to be open the first Sunday of each month.  However, when we got there we saw a sign saying the garden was closed due to a terrorist threat.  We ended up walking back to the Marais area.  On the way we passed a large building with beautiful carvings of grape clusters as well as ornate wrought iron balconies.

We saw a guy doing bicycle stunts on the bridge between Ile de la Cité and Ile St. Louis.  We headed home after picking up bread and cheese for the evening.

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