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Alsace to Paris


We took the advice of Jean-Paul, and elected to take the TGV to Paris instead of drive. It was pretty painless to drop the car at the Europecar office across the street from the train station in Strasbourg, and then we hopped onto the TGV for the 2 1/2 hour trip. The price is fairly high, except there is a lower fare for one trip daily, so if your schedule permits look for those fares. Since we had more luggage than usual (remember those bottles of wine?) we took a cab from Gare de l'Est to our apartment in the 14th. Madame let us in, and it was lovely to be back "home." This is the comfortable apartment we also stayed in last time, in a great area with good markets and convenient transportation.

We walked over to the markets, and got some cheeses from the wonderful shop Boursault across from the Alesia Metro, and some huge figs and girolles (chantrelle mushrooms) from the produce stand.



Dropped off our purchases, and walked over to the Luxembourg Gardens. We scored some chairs in the shade, and people-watched and soaked up Paris for a while.


We walked back home, and later went out to a recommended restaurant around the corner, Les Fils de la Ferme. ( 5 Mouton Duvernet, near the Mouton Duvernet Metro stop) .They have a 30 euro 3-course menu. Larry got the menu so we could share the entree (appetizer) and dessert, and I got a plat. Delicious, and the owners are lovely people.http://www.filsdelaferme.com/filsdelaferme/Accueil.html

Here's my Pastilla of rabbit. We shared an entree of rilletes of sardines, Larry got a delicious stuffed veal breast, and we shared a warm cherry clafoutis.


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