Paris: Day 4

October 17, 2012
On this day, our fourth in Paris, Peta and I went for a lovely long morning walk around the Tuileries. I so miss this lady, my dear friend living abroad. She speaks truths and is ever intelligent and inspiring.
The Louvre, my favourite building. The history buff in me is so very happy in Paris.


For breakfast this morning we ventured to Montmarte for Gontran Cherrier pastries, before exploring the area.
Paris…what a view.


Cafe Charlot

The three of us decided that a classic French cafe lunch was in order. Something simple, something classy… something like Cafe Charlot. This gem, located opposite the Marché des Enfants Rouges in the Marais, was everything we wanted and more.


I had the fish of the day with green beans. Clean and delicious.
While Peta and Ben both had the steak tartare.


After paying our bill we ran into Sarah Jessica Parker outside the cafe. No big deal. We didn’t even care…much…
And we absolutely did not hightail it to Kong that night for Cosmopolitans. Nope.
After gaining composure, we headed to the Tuileries and parked ourselves on some chairs. Here we read our novels and did some quality people watching. An afternoon well spent.


Peta is a dear – even though Ben and I have both been lucky enough to visit Paris multiple times in the past, she wanted to give us romantic honeymoon Paris time each day. And so later that afternoon Peta went back to the apartment to relax, while my husband and I had a sweet moment with Berthillon on the Île SaintLouis. Salted caramel perfection.

Joséphine “Chez Dumonet”

For dinner we had a booking at the classic French Bistro in Saint Germain,Joséphine “Chez Dumonet”. Set in an 1880s vintage dining room (enough said), this experience was an absolute treat, and absolutely one I will always cherish. Tip: make your reservation in advance!
Complimentary gazpacho. Softly sweet.
Peta’s beef bourguignon. Hearty, thick, rich comfort. Her green beans were lovely also.
My confit duck. Perfection. So much meat, so soft and succulent, encased in deliriously thin, crisp, seasoned skin.
Served alongside duck fat potatoes….too much…too much.
Ben’s steak fillet was true quality, completely delicious. We found the butter sauce nice but rather unnecessary – the steak was incredible on it’s own. Well, with duck fat potatoes, of course.
For dessert Peta went light with lovely sugared Summer berries.
I delighted in the stately soufflé, which was served alongside a shot of grand marnier, which completely brought out the flavour of the soufflé. Fabulous.
Ben went with our classic favourite – Crème brûlée. This quaint little dish was modest in it’s brilliance. I may or may not have eaten most of this serving. It was love.
And there you have our fourth day in Paris. A day filled with traditional French eats, fantastical and unforgettable Parisian romance and a touch of wonder. What more could you want?
Heidi xo

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  • Anonymous October 17, 2012 at 8:59 am

    It all looks wonderful thanks for sharing! I am wondering if you speak French? I don't and I'm thinking it might be hard to communicate in restaurants there, so that scares me a bit! Any tips?

  • Indi C October 17, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Great photos – the food looks amazing.

    I love Paris!

  • Leah October 17, 2012 at 10:58 am

    SO romantic and gorgeous.

    I long to go travelling with the hubs and bub 🙂

  • Jennifer October 17, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    We are heading to Paris in 50 days and your posts are making me wish that it was sooner! I am furiously writing down recommendations.

  • Kim October 17, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    loving all your paris photos, I really miss it, i don't think i had food that looked at fantastic as yours when I was there 😀

  • The InTolerant Chef October 17, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    How scrummy indeed! Confit, duck fat potatoes….. Drool!

  • Ros October 17, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Amazing! Sounds like each day in Paris was a dream. I was proposed to in Paris so it's extra special for me too. And OMG for SJP! When I was in London once I found out she was staying at the same hotel….yeah, no big deal at all 🙂

  • Heidi October 18, 2012 at 10:37 am

    I think it's nice to learn a few French phrases, such as "do you speak English?" and of course "please" and "thank you". They appreciate it if you TRY to speak French rather than just assuming everyone speaks English. Don't be scared though! Just be polite and try, and then they're usually very helpful (as many do speak English well).
    Heidi xo

  • Heidi October 18, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Indi C – oh me too! & thanks 🙂

    Leah – oh wouldn't that be a dream…… xo

    Jennifer – excellent 🙂 make sure you write down my next post recommendation! Favourite.

    Kim – awe thanks!

    InTolerant Chef – amazing….

    Ros – no big deal, only it totally is a huge deal haha. Oh how special, Paris is extra romantic for you then 😉

    Heidi xo

  • Hannah October 18, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Teehee, I kept trying to do the same with Amber and Matt but it was hard as I was living at their place! Kept trying to force them to go out to dinner… perhaps if Berthillon had been nearby, I would've been more successful? 😉

  • Lisa @ Blithe Moments October 18, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Oh your Paris posts make me both hungry and aching to return. I could so go for some salted caramel Berthillon right now.

  • Lisa Walker October 19, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Well done! The picture of Paris is unbelievable, as well as all the others.

  • Heidi October 19, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Hannah – hehe maybe 🙂 You're sweet.

    Lisa – oooh me too!!! please!

    Lisa – thank you!

    Heidi xo

  • Hannah October 19, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    All these photos and memories are so wonderful Heidi 🙂 You did some great planning- that dinner looks divine!! x

  • Iron Chef Shellie October 22, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    bliss bliss bliss!!!

  • Ashley October 22, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    I love Kong! 🙂

    And the Louvre too, keep talking to Brad about wanting to go back and have more time to spend in the beautiful museum!

    Just drooling over your ever so elegantly French meals… <3

  • Heidi October 24, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Hannah – thanks, lovely! It was 🙂

    Michele – yessss!

    Ashley – I wish I could just spend a day at the Louvre today…right now. I so need that!

    Heidi xo

  • xoCATox October 25, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Oh wow, oh wow, oh WOW!

    Paris is such an intricate, beautiful, romantic, extravagant, delicious city and your photos have captured it perfectly!

    I am loving these posts, but they are making me so so nostalgic.

  • Blithely Unaware October 27, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Oh my god I think I remember you mentioning SJP on twitter?!

    Did you get a photo with her or ask for her autograph?
    How gorgeous were the final eps of SATC in Paris… le sigh…

    Once again I'm DYING over the food, but you already knew that…


  • Heidi October 28, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Cat – thanks, lady!

    Blithely Unaware – hehe, yeah 🙂 we didn't want to bug her, she looked so busy & very much not wanting to be recognised. Ben tried to say hi but she didn't give us much. Boo! haha oh well. Love her.

    Heidi xo