Day 2 began with Cafe Au Lait, sent to the room along with a piece of fruit and fresh yogurt we picked up from a grocery a couple of blocks away the previous day. DELISH! The grocery was obviously used by the locals and did have a nice selection of various a items, yogurt being one, we chose an artisan, locally produced yogurt. I highly recommend using this resource if available to you. You can pick up some less expensive eats and europeans don’t do breakfast like Americans. Breakfast is a pastry or small sweet treat and coffee. If you want something substantial, you’ll have to find a grocery and preplan. We picked up water and some munchies for breakfast. I also picked up a bottle of wine. Wine is so cheap there and SO GOOD! The hotel lent me a bottle opener, and it was nice to relax at the end of the day with a little glass.
Our plan to tackle the sights of Paris began with a walk down the Avenue Foch to Rue des Belles, which took us straight down to the Trocadéro and a magnificent view of the Tour Eiffel.
We wanted to take full advantage of the weather, and so today was a walking day. We continued down and looking back at the Trocadéro:
We continued down the Champ De Mars. They sell fresh popped kettle corn from little kiosk stands. Stop and grab a small bag. If you can manage to restrain yourself, it is a nice snack later on. Then we continued on to the Ecole Militaire. Not sure if it is an open museum, it wasn’t when we passed through. Museums vary their open dates there. You can read more about this museum ‘HERE‘.
It was just past lunchtime and right there on Avenue Duquésne across from the Ecole was a lovely little cafe called “Cafe des Officiers“. I had the Croque Madame which is NOT gluten free, but I was in France and when in France, Croque Madame is a must if possible!
My gluten free daughter has the Risotto Parmesan. I tasted it, it was one of the best risottos I’ve tasted, and I make a killer risotto! If you are in this part of town, you will not be disappointed with a big bowl of this yumminess. The service was a bit slow, but that was fine by us. We were tired and just needed a place to sit a spell. (still jet lagged) We sat outside and found it lovely. Yes, there were smokers, but we sat towards the back by the restaurant doors and we really weren’t bothered by it.
Then past the Hôtel des Invalides.
Take a tour inside. Napolean is buried here, but the chapel was closed while we were there, so we missed out on that. We then crossed over the Seine, past the Grand Palais (which was also closed):
But was able to tour the Petit Palais:
enjoying the inner gardens as well as all the works of art:
Walked down to the Place de la Concorde, and caught the Champs Elysées to walk back to the Arc De Triomphe. On the way, we stopped in to Ladurée, very famously known for their macaroons. Macaroons are gluten free, and we were tired, so we stopped to get a coffee and a sweet treat. My personal favorites were the Rose, and Orange Blossom Water.
Back to the room to rest, refresh and find dinner. After putting 12 miles on my FitBit, we stayed close by. L’Auberge Dab, right on the corner of Avenue de Malakoff, across from the Place de la Port Maillot with the Centre des Congrès de Paris in view was a spot hard to beat. This is a big higher priced restaurant, but the service was impeccable, the food fantastic and the decor reminded me a bit of a boat! Lots of highly polished and beautifully varnished wood. Outside the front door is the seafood preparer, and you were able to see the wonderful assortment as you went indoors. When I inquired what they had in that was ‘very good’, she recommended the ‘tiny shrimp, very sweet’. Well, tiny….they were. Creeped out…was one of my daughters!
My oldest had the duck, ordered MEDIUM!
My youngest played it safe with fresh cod over rice and greens:
I had a naturally Gluten Free Scallop dish with a saffron Risotto.
Following dinner, we made a quick stop at the grocery for the next mornings yogurt (stored in the hotel fridge) and back to our cute abode. This wraps up eating gluten free in Paris for Day 2.
Next: Day 3.
(Don’t forget to check out Day 1)