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Providence, Rhode Island
March 13, 2007
From journal Stopover in Paris
January 6, 2002
We enjoyed a leisurely lunch of haricots verts salade, marvellously crisp French beans, tossed in vinaigrette. The menu was definitely upscale in range of offerings and prices. We surmised that in non-strike times the cafe would have been crowded, so reservations might be necessary. We also guessed we were paying for the ambience; spread out before us was the immense Napoleon courtyard. Inside the cafe are three elegant dining rooms where the tab and the menu were probably considerably more elevated, but the outdoor courtyard is really more interesting for people-watching and the food and service was still stately.
In our ignorance we did not realize that the inside area is glass-walled and the other side of that glass wall is the Louvre''s Richelieu Wing that diners there can see as they eat. For pictures of this elegant cafe that is owned by the trendy Costes brothers, check out www.bohnsack.co, a site that contains another traveler''s photos of this exceptional restaurant. Worth the splurge, the lunch (especially my hubby''s two wines) fortified us to stroll around getting as much as we could of the outside of the Louvre and its vast beauty. The Costes also own the even more elegant La Grande Armee brasserie near the Arc de Triumphe at no. 3 La Grande Armee.
Cafe Marly is open from 8am to 2am, daily. It''s definitely as "flamboyant and unabashedly sophisticated," as Fodor''s Up Close Paris describes it. Inadvertently, we had stumbled into a "see and be seen" place which may explain the unmarked reserved spot we were removed from, for we were attired in non-elegant clothing as we try to minimize the cost of any luggage loss by not packing our best clothes.
From journal The "looking down" city - Ordinary Paris