Le Pantruche restaurant in Paris

Le Pantruche is a gourmet “bistro” (a bistro is an old-style Parisian café) in Paris. I had lunch there last Summer and it was very good.


Smoked fish and avocado starter


Smoked fish and avocado starter

Franck Baranger, le Pantruche chef favours products that are in season and from Paris Region. Here are the pros and cons of the restaurant in my opinion:


Watercress soup with croutons


Watercress soup with croutons

Pros:
+ The most important: the meal was delicious, the dishes were original tasty
+ The pleasant café atmosphere
+ At the end of the meal, I was sated without feeling heavy
+ The restaurant service was very good.
+ The food was fresh and traceable. The waiter was able to tell us exactly where the products came from.


Saithe with artichoke mousse


Saithe with artichoke mousse

Cons:
– The tables are very close. But at the same time it contributes to the convivial atmosphere.
– The restaurant is only open weekdays


Grand Marnier Soufflé with caramel


Grand Marnier Soufflé with caramel

We spent 28€ per person for a starter, a main dish and a dessert. It’s more expensive than a café but cheaper than a gourmet restaurant. My advice: the lunch fixed-price menu is more economical than à la carte dishes. Our waiter translated the menu for English-speaking clients but a dictionary could be useful if you don’t speak French. Also I would advise to book as the restaurant is quite popular.


Roasted figs, gingerbread crumble, almond ice cream


Roasted figs, gingerbread crumble, almond ice cream

My opinion:
I enjoyed the gourmet cuisine, the bistro atmosphere and the fresh products. I would be happy to go back to Le Pantruche if I have the chance.

The address :
Le Pantruche
3, rue Victor Massé
75009 Paris
+33 1 48 78 55 60

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A guimard Metro entrance in Paris

In Paris I like when I go through a Metro entrance designed by architect Hector Guimard. I admire its steel lace and the organic curves of the street lights that lean over passers-by. I appreciate that a work of art is on the street, accessible to everyone. And I take my dose of Art Nouveau before following my route.

drawing of a guimard Metro entrance in Paris

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Public toilets in Paris

Self-cleaning public toilets have only existed since the eighties but now they belong to Paris urban landscape. These ‘sanisettes’, as they are called, are free toilets in a city of pay toilets. To enter one of those big boxes, you must not be claustrophobic. You also have to be patient: what with out-of order toilets and toilets occupied by homeless people, there is often a line of tourists and Parisians for the remaining toilets. When the person before you leaves the WCs, you still have to wait for the cleaning. Finally, it’s your turn. After this memorable experience, you will be able to tell that you peed in a giant can 😉

drawing of public toilets in Paris

Useful link: Where to find self-cleaning public toilets in Paris

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Colonnes de Buren in Paris

drawing of the Colonnes de Buren in Paris

I have done this drawing of the Colonnes de Buren in Paris to illustrate the theme of vertical height on a color pencils forum.
The erection of these striped and truncated columns by contemporary artist Daniel Buren, in the courtyard of the 17th century Palais Royal, aroused much protest. Twenty-seven years after, the aesthetic interest of the columns remains questionable but people have gotten used to their presence

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Reception table at the Élysée Palace in Paris

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to admire a gala table in the reception hall at the Élysée Palace in Paris. Not that I was invited to a party at the French president’s residence, I just visited the Élysée Palace on the occasion of Heritage Day.

When a color pencils forum has suggested to do a drawing on the subject of a beautiful, I have pulled out the pictures I had taken of the Élysée feast table.

drawing of a reception table at the Élysée Palace in Paris

The plates are white with a dark-blue border and are scattered with gold. In the centre of the table, there are candelabra and jardinieres full of flowers. These are true silver-plated sculptures.

The jardiniere I have drawn dates from the 19th century and belongs to a set called “Louis XIV, Music and Dance”. I like those imposing decorations even if they leave little room for putting dishes.

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Paris 15

The “quinzième arrondissement” of Paris is not the most visited place of the capital but there are some tourists who take a first look at the district, unlike its own inhabitants. The visitors make pictures of cakes in pâtisserie windows, they ooh when the metro crosses the river Seine and reveals a magnificent view of the Eiffel Tower…
Sometimes I take my camera, I put myself in a tourist’s shoes and I walk in search of photogenic places in my neighbourhood. I come back with a photo mosaic. Click on the picture to view my Parisian tourist’s photo album.

 

Paris 15 pictures


pictures from left to right and from top to bottom:
1. BirHakeim, 2. Paris coat of arms, 3. bandstand, 4. chimney, 5. Art Nouveau building, 6. île aux Cygnes, 7. la Ruche, 8. Eiffel Tower, 9. Mirabeau bridge, 10. liberty2, 11. inscription on the Mirabeau bridge, 12. barge, 13. liberty3, 14. BirHakeim2, 15. tent, 16. barges

 


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Metro entrances in Paris

The metro entrances are typical part of Paris street furniture (like Wallace fountains).

In 1899, the Compagnie du Métropolitain de Paris asks Hector Guimard to design different entrances to the metro : small stations, enclosed entrances (called “édicules”) and open entrances (called “entourages”). Hector Guimard is an architect who belongs to the Art Nouveau movement. His cast iron gates indicate the entrances to the new Paris metro. They are criticized for their innovating shapes.

Entourage Guimard (Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre station)
Entourage Guimard (Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre station)

Edicule Guimard (Abbesse station)
Edicule Guimard (Abbesse station)

After Guimard, metro entrances are less avant-garde. Open entrances are made of stone or wrought iron. Entrances are signposted by masts.

 

 

a Val d'Osne mast

a Val d’Osne mast

a Dervaux mast
a Dervaux mast

 

Later, they are replaced by signs simply saying “metro” or “M” (those signs are not worth taking a picture of) to signpost the stairs (only stairs no lift, Paris metro is not wheelchair-accessible).  
In 2000 at last, a new metro entrance is bold. The “kiosque des noctambules” (kiosk of the night-birds) is designed by the French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel for the Palais Royal station.

 

 

kiosque des Noctambules (Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre station)
kiosque des Noctambules (Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre station)

 

I like this kiosk surmounted by two domes made of glass bubbles because it’s kitsch and fairy. The criticism I would make of this work of art is that it doesn’t help you to find the metro entrance because there is no sign. I am afraid it has forgotten its main function.

Links:

Différent metro entrances (in French)

Guimard metro entrances (in French)

Some works of art by Jean-Michel Othoniel

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Wallace fountains

A city is characterized by its architecture but also by its street furniture. Wallace fountains for example are so associated with the city of Paris that the passers-by don’t notice them any more.

 

The first fountains were given to the Parisians by a wealthy Englishman, Richard Wallace, after the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871). In those days, the French Capital was lacking drinking water.

 

This art lover (he has his museum in London) wanted his fountains to be beautiful. He made real cast-iron sculptures. Water flows between four caryatids supporting the dome-shaped roof of the fountain.

Wallace fountain

 

There are still about a hundred fountains that provide drinking water. They don’t work in winter, but in summer when it’s warm, I quench my thirst and I drink in honor of Sir Wallace.

 

Wallace fountain (detail)

For more information:
You can download the list of the Wallace fountains (in PDF format) on Paris website

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