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Sunday, 14 July 2013

Day 3: Cafe Delmas, Pantheon

3rd day in Paris, it was drizzling in the morning but that didn't deter our spirit at all. Throughout our stay in Paris, we were lucky to experience several days with bright sky and sunshine. Right after we left, there was heavy raining and flooding all across Europe for few continuous weeks.

Earlier before this trip, I read some good reviews in TripAdvisor about a trendy restaurant called Cafe Delmas. The restaurant is located in the Latin Quarter (5th Arrondissement) and that's our destination today. As usual, from hotel we took the metro to reach there.

We had breakfast there. The food was okay, standard Parisian set except it also came with half boiled egg ( I thought only us Malaysian ate half boiled egg for breakfast?) which was tasty. The restaurant was facing Place de la Contrescrape, a beautiful square and perfect place to watch the world go by while sipping your favourite beverage. Usually crowded with people and street entertainers, it was still empty when we reached there, perhaps due to the rain. Because of its prime location, the food was slightly overpriced. Breakfast cost us EUR 11 per person, in average you can have a good breakfast only at EUR 5-6 somewhere else.

Place de la Contrascarpe, with Cafe Delmas at the background


Trendy interior

Parisian breakfast; croissant and bread, butter and jam, coffee and juice.

Dining area

The chairs was arranged in such a way so that you can enjoy the great view and people watch.

Next, we went to the Pantheon, located just few hundreds meters from the restaurant. The building architecture, especially the dome closely resembled the Pantheon of Rome. Pantheon of Paris was formerly a church, but currently serves as a national monument and burial site for French martyrs and notable figures such as Victor Hugo, Voltaire, Louis Braille, Marie and Pierre Curie, just to name a few. Too bad, its famous Foucault Pendulum was removed temporarily due to restoration works. Foucault Pendulum is a simple device that demonstrated the rotation of earth, first created in the 1800s by a French scientist. Admission tickets cost EUR 7.50 but it's already covered by our Paris Museum Pass. University of Paris is located adjacent to this area, the second oldest university in the world after University of Bologna.

Pantheon of Paris

Facultes de Droit, parts of the University of Paris

Inside the Pantheon

Voltaire's tomb

Replica of the building

Street of Paris

Overcast weather

By the time we were out from Pantheon, the sky grew darker with heavy clouds and strong winds. We plan to have a lunch picnic at Jardin du Luxembourg, but looks like its not gonna happen this time...

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