Day 6 in Paris did not begin as we had planned. We had originally planned on picking up our rental car and driving to Giverney and the Normandy area. When we arrived at the car rental to pick up our car, Mr. P was asked for his passport, which we left in the safe of our apartment. They could not release the car without the passport and we had already spent about an hour traveling and looking for the car rental, so we ask if we could change the reservation to another day. Fortunately they agreed, so we changed up or schedule slightly. If you plan on renting a car in Europe, or anywhere else really, make sure you take your passport to the car rental place!
The gardens outside the home serve as an outdoor museum and are decorated with Rodin's beautiful sculptures. The gardens are elaborate and there are rose bushes at every corner, relaxing music playing in the background, there are several hidden ponds, and we even encountered a bunny nibbling on the grass in front of the old house.
After leaving Musée Rodin we continued to walk toward the Eiffel tower and walked in front of Dôme des Invalides. The tomb of Napoleon is housed in the beautiful building. We were getting hungry, so we didn't go inside, but this is a must the next time we go to Paris.
A friend of ours recommended that we eat at Café Constant located at 139 rue Saint-Dominique. She raved about how good that food was that we had to go and check it out for ourselves. The two-story restaurant was packed with locals and we had to wait about 30 minutes to be seated, however it was worth it. This meal was Mr. P’s favorite of the entire trip!For appetizer we had parmesan risotto with salted cod that had a poached egg and fresh herb on top. The saltiness of the cod balanced all the flavors of the dish. It was divine!
Mrs. P had an Escalope of Veal Cordon-Bleu. The veal was tender and perfectly cooked and served with pasta in a butter and white wine sauce. Once you cut into the Veal Cordon-Bleu, the warm cheese slightly oozed out! It was delicious. Mr. P had the special of the day, which was a pan seared duck breast with a orange butter sauce, severed with a cumin and carrot purée. Where do we begin? The duck was perfectly cooked and sliced super thin, it would melt in your mouth! The cumin and carrot purée was so smooth and silky, it was the perfect compliment to this dish! We were so full that we decided not to have dessert but maybe we should have stuck around a little bit and had something. We bet it would have been great!
After lunch, we headed over to Champs de Mars to take some daytime pictures of the Effiel Tower. It rained on and off throughout the day, so the grass was wet and we couldn’t have a picnic there as we had originally planned. However, we made the best of it and carried on with our umbrella in tow.We then crossed over the Seine river and headed over to Trocadéro to get another view of the Eiffel Tower. We don't know about you but, you can't get enough of seeing the Eiffel Tower.
Sometimes you forget you are in Paris and the Eiffel Tower reminds you where you are in the world. It's just breath taking. From Trocadéro, you will have one of the best views of the Eiffel Tower. So make sure to check it out.