After a little rest and refresh time back at our hotel, we headed out for our special Christmas dinner. I had made 7:30pm reservations for our special dinner at a restaurant on the Seine in the "suburbs" (in other words, not in central Paris), knowing it was going to be a little more effort to get there. The hotel concierge confirmed my directions to get there, and we were off.
I don't have photos (I forgot in my distress!) We took two Metro trains to Port Saint Cloud and understood that it was only like a five minute walk to the restaurant, but the concierge had said that we might want to take a taxi, so we got in two taxis, since you can only fit four people in one, and we were five, and headed off with the restaurant name and address written down for the drivers. We drove back across the river, a long way down and back across and around, feeling like we were going in a big circle, with the driver claiming to not speak any English, and me asking, "Where are you going?" We finally pulled up at the restaurant (20 euros later per taxi!) to find it completely dark. There was another couple there who also seemed puzzled that the restaurant was closed! Yikes, now the taxis are gone, we are very hungry, we are in a part of Paris where we have never been - and after the fiasco with dinner the night before, no one, including me, was in the mood for wandering from place to place looking for somewhere open to eat!
I'm not sure how this happened. I should have confirmed the reservation, which was booked through a reservation system, and when this happened I realized that I didn't have a confirmation email. With all the planning that I do for my trips and all, it was very frustrating to me to not have double-checked! I was so trying to avoid just this situation on Christmas day since so many restaurants are closed. We decided to head back into the busiest parts of Paris so we'd have the greatest chance of finding some place open. Where's the busiest place? The Champs Elysees, of course! :)
There was no Christmas market on the Champs Elysees this year since the owner is having a dispute with the city, but I didn't miss it. It's crowded and kind of trashy and expensive. I like just having the lights on the trees and the ferris wheel at the end (which the same man owns, but did agree to put up this year.)
Brandon got on Yelp and found an Italian restaurant, Vapiano's, that he knew from Washington, DC, just off the avenue, and they were open!! We had a great meal finally at about 10:00 at night - and an adventure that we won't soon forget!
Brother photographing brother in the middle of the busy avenue!
Everyone was full and happy at last! One more family day in Paris, coming up next. xoxo