Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wednesday 10 December - Rue de Rome and Buttes Chaumont

I had a quick walk down to Saint Lazare this morning along the the rue de Rome with its many music shops and ateliers.  It is fascinating to see rows and rows of instruments for sale as well as experts making minute repairs to old instruments.
A large display of brass instruments

Nothing special in Saint Lazare. No vintage electrics were in evidence. Although a group of protesters got off a train and headed noisily outside.  A job for the Paris Flying Squad.
 I found these blazons on two trains for Versailles

It was cloudy and threatening to rain but we decided to see Buttes Chaumont.  The ride along metro 7 bis was very uncomfortable in spite of new equipment. The track needs a lot of attention otherwise the new trains will rapidly deteriorate.
Buttes Chaumont is showing the benefit of the work that has been done in the last few years. There were at least 20 people working on various tasks, including a project to reduce significantly the flow of water through the water fall. The park was opened around 1865 and has been well cared for by generations of city councils. The ducks, moorhens, geese and gulls were in their element but we didn't see any Canada geese. A heron was fishing in the shallows and we later saw it in a tall tree high above the lake.
Buttes Chaumont
Back at Levis we have found a high end chocolatier/patissier who claims to have won many awards.  We certainly enjoyed the two we tried from Pascal Caffet.
Christmas is coming - Rue de Levis
From Pascal Caffet
We had dinner this evening again at Le P'tit Canon.  We are getting to know Isobelle and Christian, the owners, and it is always a friendly experience.  The cooking seems even better than in the past, the soupe a l'onion gratinee had a good deep flavor while the confit de canard was excellent, as were the accompanying crispy fried sliced potatoes.  No room for dessert.