When our daughter and son-in-law invited us to go to Paris for New Year’s, they said that they would get the plane reservations and the hotel but “You plan it!” Hmmmmm? Plan 5 days, and my daughter had never been there, her husband had only been there on business and my husband and I hadn’t been there in over 30 years–we took the sightseeing route.
- The first day, we went to Musee d’ Orsay.
- The second day, we hired a car and guide to take us around the city. ( Ask for his name if you go.)
- The third day, we spent at the Louvre.
- The fourth day, our car and guide came back and we went to Versaille.
- The fifth day–that was New Year’s Day–we went to a concert of Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons” in a very old church that was very moldy.
But New Year’s Eve–that was the key to the holiday, and it had to be a memory of Paris that we could only get in Paris. We decided to dine elegantly on epicurean masterpieces concocted in a quintessential French restaurant, and with the help of our hotel concierge–contacted before we left–we chose Le Crystal Room Bacarrat —it’s also a Bacarrat Crystal museum–where we were served a 7-course meal from 9pm to almost 1am.
- Delight of cucumber in the mint, caviar from Aquitaine, sweetness of Manzana
- Foie Gras perfumed with juniper berries, turnips in bitter sweet
- Sliced Scallops from Erquy with combawa
- Blue Lobster warmed to Champagne, artichokes with truffle
- Farmer Poultry suprememe rasted way “Rossini”, conchiglionis with truffle and parmesan cheese (Did you know that truffles are the most expensive food. A pound of white truffles costs about $2000.)
- Lemon Macaroon and its sorbet
- Variation around the chocolate