Much awaited it was finally time for our trip to Paris during Easter. Both TheMan and I have visited Paris many times, but never together so we decided quickly that we were going to do those things you never do on your first or second trip or even third trip. For example the cemetery Père-Lachaise where Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, Marcel Proust any many more are buried. It might sound a bit odd to wander around a cemetery and look at gravestones, but it was wonderful experience. Set on a hill and with cobblestones it was rather peaceful. Still in the middle of Paris (outskirts when opening in 1804) the noise from the city life was far away with birds singing and the wind slowly blowing in a comfortable and serene way.
Another place, not very serene though, that we visited was Tour Montparnasse. For a very long time the tallest building in France and built in the late 1960’s it has also been voted as one of the ugliest buildings in the world. And yes it was. In the foyer and lift up to the 56th floor we both felt like going back to our childhood in the 1970’s. The view was of course breath-taking and really shows that Paris is big and widespread city.
Best wine of the month? 2011 Couly-Dutheil Domaine Rene Couly at a Parisian brasserie which connected our visit to the Loire Valley last summer. Best champagne of the month? 2002 Jacquesson Brut Millesime. It can’t get much better than this and despite being 12 years old it could have stayed in the cellar for couple of more years without any problems.
2011 Langhe Nebbiolo Fontanafredda
NV Mumm Cordon Rouge
2012 Close Henri Bel Echo Sauvignon Blanc
2007 Cloudy Bay Chardonnay
2012 Stoneleigh Rapaura Pinot Noir
2002 Jacquesson Brut Millesime
2011Bergström Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir
2007 J M Brocard Chablis Vieilles Vignes Domaine Sainte Claire
NV Vranken Cuvee Demoiselle
2011 Couly-Dutheil Domaine Rene Couly
NV Louis Roederer Brut Premier
2009 Pierre André Meursault
NV Pommery Brut Royal
2008 Villa Poggio Salvi Brunello di Montalcino
2011 2006 Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Cuvée Margot
2010 Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
2012 M de Minuty Rosé
2009 Rotari Brut Riserva
2012 Schloss Gobelsburg Gobelsburger Steinsetz Grüner Veltliner