We’ve spent a lot of time wandering around and getting lost, so yesterday we cut our losses and headed for a nice big landmark: the Tour Eiffel.
We had a lunch reservation at Le Jules Verne (a tough ticket unless you book way in advance or, like us, have a concierge in-the-know) and we arrived with only moderate expectations given that it’s a top tourist destination. And tourist + dining in Paris does not always have favorable results, as we have learned.
But not to worry. Turns out the sky truly is the limit at LJV on all counts – ambiance, service and food all get HIGH marks.
After lunch, we crossed off a major “must do” from our list and visited Sainte-Chapelle. Louis IX built it in the 1200’s to house what was purported to be the actual Crown of Thorns from Christ’s crucifixion.
The line to enter the chapel was quite long and for reasons known only to the French, they decided temporarily not to honor our museum passes until we reached the entry, at which time they decided to honor the museum passes of several other visitors which made our wait a bit longer. We have been more or less continuously mystified by such whimsy since we arrived – it keeps us on our toes.
A group behind us bailed out of the wait when their local guide noted their restlessness and said “Well, do you really like stained glass?” Not enough to stand in line, they decided. This is a bit like asking someone in the line at Versailles if they’re fans of period furniture. You just have to see it to appreciate it. It was worth the wait.
I sent up the following prayers while there: for sleep, please, merciful sleep; for all these French people to come to their senses and quit smoking, for steak frites as good as we get in the U.S…and for an extra week here so we can see and do everything on our list. Especially that last one!