Known as the oldest restaurant in Paris. I, Bella, sat on Voltaire's desk!
They brought me complimentary Pate and Champagne in a little bowl. Did I mention how much I love Paris???
It was in 1686 that Francesco Procopio dei Coltelli, a gentleman from Palermo, set up his coffee house in the rue des Fossés Saint-Germain (present-day rue de l’Ancienne Comédie). The excellent quality of drinks and sorbets, the pleasant setting and the proximity of the Ancienne Comédie Française quickly made his establishment a meeting place for fine wits and intellectuals. (I fit right in!)
Today, the Procope is emerging from the great shadows of its history. Symbol of the past, Voltaire’s table testifies to permanency, while preparing the way for new pages of glory.The world’s first literary café was born and, for over two centuries, everyone with a name, or who hoped to have one, in the world of letters, arts and politics was a regular to the Café Le Procope. From La Fontaine to Voltaire, Rousseau, Beaumarchais, Balzac, Hugo, Verlaine to mention but a few, the list of Procope’s « regulars » varies little from that of the great names of French literature.
This is a gorgeous place! In an old mansion. They are known for the best hot chocolate.
It is thick, creamy almost like a pudding. One cup is enough.
I am now allowed to have chocolate so I was given a macaron and water. Seems a little unfair but they treated me like a queen!
You would think a Cemetery is not a place to love but this one is beautiful and has a great deal of history. Some of the famous people resting here are:
Francois Poulenc, Heloise and Abelard, Camille Pissaro, Cherubini, Chopin, Breguet (yes the watch guy), Lalique (the glass guy), Michel Petrucciani, Auguste Comte, Champollion, Samuel Hahnemann, Gustave Dore, Jim Morrison, Moliere, La Fontaine, Murat, Antoine Parmentier, Sarah Bernhardt, Balzac, Delacroix, Merleau-Ponty, Georges Melies, Edith Piaf, Bizet, Marcel Proust, Apollinaire, Isadora Duncan, Stephane Grappelli, Richard Wright, Auguste Blanqui, Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas, Modigliani, Edith Piaf, Colette, Oscar Wilde.
There are beautiful sculptures, and it is very peaceful. It is 119 acres. Like a small city!
Fashion week in Paris was fantastic for me as a "dog" the PUParrazzi were all over me, I got swag bags and lots of kisses. The French love dogs, but like kids…they only like well behaved dogs. I don’t blame them. If you are good and cute you will be in heaven. If you can’t behave then don’t even try to go! I highly recommend it!