Thursday, December 13, 2012

Thursday 13 December - Water Fountains, Steak and Fries

I went back to Au Pullman to buy the Rivarossi CIWL cars for Martin only to find that two of them had been sold just ten minutes before.  Saint Lazare was its usual busy self complete with old and older locomotives alongside the newer equipment.
The new at Saint Lazare
The old at Saint Lazaire. 817018, built 1965-68 taking out a commuter train - push pull.
There was an interesting exhibition put on by the City of Paris in the 16th.  We get the impression that the City cares.  They have made water fountains an art form and have special set ups for occasions when large crowds are expected.  All you can expect from the city of Ottawa is bottled water sold at inflated prices.
This type is still being made

The walk back towards the Trocadero provided some unfamiliar views of the Seine and the Eiffel Tower.
Monoprix has gone high-tech in its delivery system
We decided to eat dinner at Le Relais de Venise near the Port Maillot.  We have been there many times and enjoyed the salad, steak and fries formula.  Tables are small and people are shoehorned in which gives it a pretty intimate feel.  There is not a great deal of choice.  There is one salad, green leaf with crushed walnuts and sauce.  For the main course there is only a choice of how you want the beef cooked.  The wine list is quite restricted but very good.  Many of the wines are bottled especially for the restaurant.  We had a bottle of St. Emilion, the most expensive on the menu at 18 euros which was very very good indeed.

First timers are surprised that the meal comes in two portions and there are as many fries as you wish.  I have received complaints that I am not showing enough pictures of food in my blog.  Here goes.

Part 1
Part 2
The Vacharin is a construction of layers of meringue and ice cream covered in warm chocolate sauce and with whipped cream on the top
The Relais is a great place for this specialty meal but you are not encouraged to linger.  We were in and out in just over an hour and there were people waiting for tables both inside and outside in the rain.

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