Weekend in Paris

Saturday night May 10

We arrived at the Gare de Lyon and checked into Hotel Le Lavoisier at 6:30.  It was a beautiful evening. We had reservations at the Jules Verne restaurant in the Eiffel Tower at eight o’clock.  We arrived at the Tower, and took their private elevator to the restaurant. We got a table next to the window which I must say had just awesome views of Paris. After looking at the menu, we all decided on the “Tasting Menu”, which consisted of a total of seven courses – three appetizers, two main courses, and two desserts. It was a memorable experience that we will be talking about for years. If your pocketbook can afford it you must dine at Jules Verne once.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

We woke to probably one of our trip’s most gorgeous days on this Mothers’ Day. We met for breakfast and plotted out our day. Our first stop was Sainte Chapelle, which was King Louis IX’s private chapel, then onto Notre Dame Cathedral, where Mass was being held.  I am still in awe of both these churches:  Notre Dame for its size and rose windows; Ste Chapelle for its floor to ceiling stained glass windows depicting the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. Then we strolled over to the Place des Vosges to look at all the art and artists. As it was going on three o’clock, we went to Bofinger, one of the oldest classic Brasseries in Paris, for lunch. While seafood is the specialty here, Jeff had two courses of escargot, which he raved about, before his main course. We then took the Metro back to the hotel for a brief nap before our evening adventures. Early evening we headed to the Champs-Elysées for people watching at Fouquet’s, the most famous café on the Avenue (and the location for much of the movie Gigi.) After strolling up to the Arc de Triomphe, we headed down the classy Avenue George V to Chez Francis, another classic café/bistro, which has views of the Eiffel Tower. At 10:30 we sat down for a leisurely and late dinner and watched the light displays on the Tower until after midnight, before returning to our hotel.

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