Paris-Lyon- Friday, March 25rd 2005
Above, the Passages in LyonIn the morning, David and Tracy went for walk to see a series of passages between buildings. I rested and then got ready to go. We took our luggage with us so we could have lunch before going to the train station. We ended up at Le Gailleton (5, place Gailleton), another Jean Paul Lacombe restaurant. I had a decent roast chicken and David had the same steak tartare the Tracy had at Le Comptoir des Marronniers.
We caught the 1:30 train back to Paris, this time in 1st class. The seating in first was 1x2 instead of 2x2 and very comfortable. I was glad we bought our tickets in advance because the train was packed, and there were people looking for seats. A girl across from us got fined for not having a ticket, so I guess you can't just hop on the train and hope to buy one there.
View from the train, 150 mph
First Class on the TGV
TGV Bullet Train inside Gare de Lyon in Paris
Hold your little dogs in your arms...
Back in Paris, we went back to the apartment and and to resist the temptation to stay and relax. So, instead, we took the metro to the Trocadero. At the Etoille metro stop, where we had to change trains, I heard an announcement come over the loudspeaker. I asked David what it said, concerned that our train wasn't running. He translated, saying the train was coming and that passengers should "Hold your little dogs in your arms. Merci!" For some reason this struck me as absurdly funny. Could you imagine that in a New York subway?
We arrived at the Trocadero just in time for sunset. It was one of those picture-postcard moments and the view was really stunning. We rarely take pictures of ourselves while on vacation, but in this case we couldn't resist and had our picture taken by some tourists from Columbia.
Dinner at Aux Tonneaux des Halles
After admiring the view for a while, we walked across the bridge to walk under the tower. Just as we crossed the lights began to twinkle (it was 7 PM) and it really was a magical sight. I'd read a number of favorable reviews of a restaurant called Au Bon Accueil which is right near the tower, so we thought we'd go over and check out the menu. It seemed fairly expensive for the choices, so we moved on and walked down the Seine for a bit. We crossed the river at the Louvre and took the metro to Chatelet where we proceeded to do our usual; walk in circles looking for a place to eat dinner. Somehow we ended up back on the rue Montorgueil, and after walking the entire street looking at every menu, we found Aux Tonneaux des Halles (28 rue Montorgueil) and settled in at an outside table. I had an extremely tasty entrecote served with a bordelaise sauce and a marrow filled bone. My steak also came with the best tasting, thick cut fries I have ever had. They must have been cooked in lard or duck fat, but I don't care, they were fantastic. David had rumsteak with haricot verte, and along with a beer and 25 cl of red wine the total was 47 euro.