Chapter 6: Finale

The outside of the Palais Garnier in Paris, France

We rose with heavy hearts knowing this marked our last day in Paris. We planned to go out, much the same way we’d come in. Pastry breakfast, classic site in the afternoon, gargantuan bistro dinner.

The baguette at Tout Autour du Pain in Paris, France
Regularly voted one of the best baguettes in Paris for a reason.

The walk to Tout Autour du Pain (formerly 134 RdT) seemed endless, but we finally arrived to eat croissant, baguette, and chocolate/almond croissant. The latter was cloyingly sweet, but the baguette may have been the best of the trip.

The staircase inside the Palais Garnier in Paris, France

We took the metro to the Palais Garnier where we went on a spirited tour with the most aggressively “blind-friendly” guide we’d ever encountered. Roughly grabbing Paul’s hand, she’d steer him toward statuary, furniture, draperies, telling stories and letting him feel the sites she described.

The Chagall Ceiling in the Palais Garnier in Paris, France
Chagall’s incredible ceiling.
The inside of the Palais Garnier in Paris, France
Breathtaking doesn’t begin to cover it.
More views of the inside of the Palais Garnier in Paris, France
Forget Versailles, we’ll take the Palais Garnier anyday.

From the sweeping marble staircases to the Chagall ceiling, it seemed each new sight was more breathtaking than the last. Both fans of the book and musical versions of The Phantom of the Opera, we enjoyed the Phantom factoids that peppered the tour.

The Phantom's box at the Palais Garnier in Paris, France
No Phantom in evidence, unfortunately.

Inside the famous Angelina in Paris, France
Angelina, oh, how we love you.

After the tour, we decided we couldn’t leave Paris without another taste of Angelina’s decadent hot chocolate and we lucked into a prime table in their pastel princess castle of a dining establishment, feasting on French onion soup, omelet, croissant with ham and scrambled egg, enormous macaron, and the famous Mont Blanc dessert with its wispy chestnut dome.

A ham and cheese stuffed croissant at Angelina in Paris, France
A top-of-the-line breakfast sandwich the like of which can only be had in Paris.
The hot chocolate at Angelina in Paris, France
The hot chocolate at Angelina is quite possibly the most crave-worthy taste in Paris.

Delicious lunch consumed, we took one final walk through the Marais, headed back to the hotel for showers, packing, and some rest before our final Paris dinner.

Inside Josephine Chez Dumonet in Paris, France
Inside Josephine Chez Dumonet, one of the most classic Parisian bistros.

That evening, we sipped on Kir Royale at Les Philosophes near our hotel before enjoying confit de canard, boeuf bourguignon, and Grand Marnier soufflé at the quintessential Paris bistro Josephine Chez Dumonet. Good to the last bite, Chez Dumonet did not disappoint, but offered up quality, standard fare.

The boeuf bourguignon at Josephine Chez Dumonet in Paris, France
Reputed to be the best boeuf bourguignon in Paris, and we can hardly disagree.
The duck confit at Josephine Chez Dumonet in Paris, France
A very good duck confit, though perhaps not quite as memorable as the one we enjoyed at Au Doux Raisin.
The Grand Marnier souffle at Josephine Chez Dumonet in Paris, France
Favorite customers apparently get an entire bottle of Grand Marnier to add to their soufflé. Ah well, maybe next time.

Perhaps there was a touch of wistfulness that we didn’t go out on one stunning bite of chocolate soufflé, or a herbaceous garlicky falafel, or a sip of a 1990 Burgundy alongside Gratinée Savoy—but these are all options for future trips. For this is assuredly not our last trip to Paris!

A picture of Kathleen at a cafe in Paris.A picture of Paul at a cafe in Paris.

This is the end of our review of our perfect week in Paris. To read about more of our travels, head back to our Travel Page!

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