Thursday - day 6 (continued)
We withdrew a few Euros at a nearby ATM and then walked along rue de Rivoli looking for a place for lunch. We settled on Brasserie Le Carrousel de Paris (not to be confused with the Le Carrousel du Louvre burlesque house). The cafe offered sidewalk seating, but we selected a table inside.
The menu included English translations, though (as we also found at other Paris restaurants) they were sometimes cryptic or included unfamiliar words. Linda wasn't that hungry and went with a €6 seasonal selection of cheeses (fromage). I had a €7 herring with tepid potatoes and the €12.50 Chitterling sausage with mustard sauce. The waiter must have had some Americans who were unhappy with this dish in the past and made sure that I realized the sausage was made from tripe.
Although she liked it, I thought that Linda's cheese course was one of the least interesting ones we had during the trip. The herring came with salad and not very much potatoes, so it was actually better for me than I expected. The sausage had a strong musky flavor. I enjoyed it for this meal, but wouldn't select it often. The slightly grainy mustard sauce had a nutty flavor which went well with the sausage.
We crossed rue de Rivoli and entered Jardin des Tuileries (Tuileries Garden), the large park across from the Hotel Brighton. In 1559, the gardens were started as part of the Catherine de Médicis palace grounds. The gardens were opened to the public in 1667 and the palace was razed in 1871.
Although the garden is beautiful with fountains and many statues, we didn't care for the pathways which were paved with gravel. We found gravel paths in many parks in Paris and returned to our hotel with dirty, dusty shoes each day.
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