Florimond was Monet’s gardener at Giverny. Everyone has seen representations of his efforts in the gardens and pools that Monet so treasured for their natural beauty, color and ever-changing vistas. If your schedule permits, take a day and visit the gardens and enjoy the town. It will be a peaceful day. The next day go to the Musée de l’Orangerie and enjoy Monet’s representations of the lily ponds.

Le Florimond is a restaurant located at 19 avenue de la Motte-Picquet in the 7th arrondisement of Paris. Located just a few steps towards the Seine from the Ecole Militaire Metro station; you can also take bus lines 28, 80, 82, 87 or 92. Shame on you if you don’t go on your next visit to Paris. The restaruant has been there for 19 years which is a tribute to Chef Pascal Guillaumin and the staff. You are not going to survive in Paris for 19 years serving mediocre fare, even if it is mostly to Americans. The 7th is a favorite haunt of the American tourist and Le Florimond comes recommended by most, if not all, guide books. By any standards it is not an expensive restaurant and it has a very good and affordable selection of wines.

The first thing you will encounter entering the restaurant is a pleasant, congenial young man wearing a Mickey Mouse tie. Don’t be mislead, you are about to receive the best service you have ever had. Laurent runs the front of the house with a calm demeanor but service is prompt, crisp and professional. 19 years is a long time to avoid falling into conveniences and short-cuts that undermine customer service. Laurent is adept at training and guiding new wait staff all the while ensuring that the high level of service doesn’t slip. He has set the standard by which I measure all other wait staffs, I feel sorry for them.

Treat yourself and call Laurent,, for a reservation. He is fluent in French, English and German and it wouldn’t surprise me to find out that he also speaks Spanish or Italian.

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