Lunch at Le Train Bleu was definitely a splurge! This famous restaurant opened in 1901 and is on our list of the 6 best historic restaurants in Paris. It overlooks the train platforms at Gare de Lyon,
has grand arched windows, dazzling chandeliers, and wall to wall and ceiling murals with scenes of Paris, the South of France and the French Alps.
Stepping inside was like stepping back in time and I bet it hasn’t changed much since Coco Chanel frequented it! It is still tres elegante! The tuxedo dressed Maître d’ and waiters have a bit of a snobbish attitude that is typical of many “upper crust” Parisian restaurants. We had a ball and a delicious 3 course lunch, that filled us for the rest of the day.
After this delicious meal, we caught the metro to Musée Jacquemart-André. The Paris Tourist Bureau says it best: “The Musée Jacquemart-André, owned by the Institut de France, presents collections of art that are worthy of great museums in a magnificent Second Empire mansion. Often compared to the Frick Collection in New York, it has maintained its mansion atmosphere, which makes it unique in Paris. It offers a walk through typical living areas of the 19th century: ceremonial rooms, monumental stairways, winter gardens, private apartments, etc.” We had to rush through the museum as we were short on time. Plan at least 2 hours if you are lucky enough to visit this mansion.