On Sunday (our final full day in Paris) I awoke my teen ami early, although I got up earlier to go for the mandatory pain au chocolat and brioche, so that we could head out and to rue Moufftard and then to the Marais. But as so often happens, our plans went astray and we ended up walking up the Champs Elysees and then Metro'd to Montmartre. Talk about a change in plans! We stopped at Place de la Concorde, which she thought was grand, and I told her a little about the history of the French Revolution there, as well as the Hotel Crillon's place in WWII and continued the lesson up the Champs Elysees. Now, I'm no expert in French history, I was just trying to give her a sketch of things. But she was interested and, I think, got the major points because she asked good questions, although she did want to know what they did with the heads once the guillotine had done its job. Didn't have an answer for her there...
Anyway, we stopped at the Alsacien (sp?) restaurant on the Champs Elysees for lunch. I think I got it mixed up with Fouquet's because I don't remember it being quite so upscale. They seated us downstairs in the back corner so, I guess, they weren't too impressed with us. I bet they changed their minds when I ordered a Kir Royale and Escargots!!
We continued up to Montmartre. Does anyone know why the funiculaire isn't running? Is it just for the winter?? We walked up the stairs. I figured I was good for an extra eclair for that effort! My ami was particularly interested in the yarn scammers at the bottom. I'm glad I read on the Forum not to be taken in by them. The ami had to stop at one of the landings on the steps and watch an unsuspecting tourist be taken in. She was very impressed that I knew not to let them have a go at us.
We went to La Terrasse for dinner that night. More escargot, of course. My ami had roast beef and I had the sea bass. It was served with a large portion of haricot vert drenched in butter. My ami loved those (as did moi). Another Kir Royale and we were off to pack.
Monday morning we had to go to the boulangerie to get sandwiches, eclairs, macaroons and palmiers to take on the plane.
By that time, we had decided that LeNotre's macaroons were the best so we actually had to go to two places. One that had the best sandwiches and LeNotre for the macaroons.
All in all a fine trip with a great, low-maintenance teen traveler.