We had another leisurely start on Saturday, and awoke to find the sun was out, contrary to weather forecasts. It was a stunning day, indeed!
We set out on the RER to St-Michel du Notre Dame and went to our favourite cafe from our honeymoon trip, across from our previous hotel on Rue Lagrange. The pain aux raisins are as big as cart wheels, and as this is my favourite breakfast bite whilst in France, it is a good place for us! Plus the coffee (another must) and pain au chocolat (my husbands fave) are pretty blooming good too!
Then we hopped back on the RER and back to Pont d'Alma for the Musee des Egouts. We only had a short queue of less than five minutes before heading down the stairs (tickets cost €4.20 pp). The staff were very helpful, allowing me to go through to the toilet and chatting away happily with my dh about why on earth we'd pay to go in a sewer!
The Musee itself was very interesting, telling us a great deal of historical fact and allowing us to get a good feel for the work of the sewer workers. Plus, all importantly, it did not smell too badly at all!!!
After than we went to Les Halles shopping centre and failed to find new shoes for my loved one, before heading back for a quick baguette and remoulade lunch. We had another stroll at the Jardins, seeing the Medici fountain and - it seemed - all of Paris as the park was packed!
Then we returned to the hotel to freshen up for Maceo.
We arrived early but were seated straight away. I went for the Menu Vert (€32) and hubby the Menu Decouverte (€38). He started with smoked salmon, poached egg and asparagus soup, myself with poached egg, asparagus tips and pea shoots. Both good. The main was excellent. I had pasta risotto of broad beans and artichoke and dh had wild duck with turnip and fruit. Then to pudding I had a raisin macaroon, apple and chocolate tower, of which the chocolate was AMAZING! Hubby had a fraise sorbet and fresh fraise with cream which was quite delicious and fresh.
We enjoyed the house cava with our meal, which was also good.
All in all, Maceo's food was still breathe taking, but the service, on this very busy night, was not so great. Last time we had jokes, chats and all our food explained in great detail in BOTH French and English. That made it feel special, plus it felt like "our" place then, with only us and six other diners in their all evening. After recommending it to everyone I now realise that means everyone goes!!!!!!!!! Oh well, still great.
Off for breakfast now, and then Montmartre for a veggie lunch! We'll see...