Day Two: Tourist breakfast in Paris

Day Two started at 8 a.m. We had both slept like angels, but now it was get up, get showered, get dressed and find breakfast in Paris. The city was waking up and the sun was shining down Rue Dauphine. Around the corner from our hotel, was Café Le Buci on the spit formed by Rue de Buci and Rue Mazarine.

It's nice to get up early and enjoy the whole day. The cafés open at 7:30.

The French don’t usually have American-style breakfast with eggs and all the rest, but these guys know which side their croissant is buttered on, and of course you can have an omelet and all the trimmings, with French coffee. About 12 Euros each.

Paris - Le Buci Breakfast bill

Notice we ordered the Petit Dejeuner - Angl. That's "Anglais", English. Nothing the French would ever order.

You want a tourist breakfast, you pay tourist prices. But hey, you ARE tourists (you can’t even begin to pretend you’re not), so go with it.

Paris - Marlene breakfast Cafe Buci street scene

Can you spot Marlene finishing her first coffee of day two in Paris?

A quick word on coffee in France. If you order un café, you get a small cup of the French version of espresso. If you want something closer to North American style coffee, you order un café crème which is espresso with warm milk. There are many other versions of coffee, but the one thing they do not have on the menu is café au lait.

Paris - Le Buci Cafe Creme bill

And then we decided we wanted two coffees. Which were very nice, as they should be for about $5.50 each. Lucky the Euro was so low. We could still afford coffee!

So, we’re having breakfast, the workers are standing at the bar having beer, and U2 is blasting Streets With No Name on the radio. A perfect start.

As Marlene would say, we are being held very gently.

Cafe Le Buci, Melinda Bashen

This was taken by Melinda Bashen. I tried asking for permisssion but the form on her site doesn't work. Melinda, if you see this, contact me. Here's what she said about this shot: Le Buci is on an ancient intersection. One of the early gates to the medieval city was near here, when the old Louvre palace was still a very fortified place. Buci was one of the gates to the city. Buci is named after a count that owned property next to the ancient gate. He was also the first president of the parliament of Paris that convened in 1341!

Paris - book store Balzac Mishima

After breakfast, we're heading for our first museum of the day. I can't pass a book store without stopping for a look. No vampire novels here!

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  • Maggie Mae Foster

    Melinda Bashen did NOT shoot this picture or write the caption. She has never been to Paris! She took this from another source without giving proper credit for her web design class. You need to find the original source to get permission to use this photo & caption. Melinda is deaf and she most definitely did not write this caption, as her English is poor. I suggest you contact the Art Institute of Washington to find more information to get in touch with her instructor to find the original source for permission.

    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

  • PapaJohn


    I tink I took dis picktcha right after it rained.
    Someone have gotten a copy of it somehow, probably when i was passed out in the dorm.