Monday in Paris: two trip highlights

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.

The CE at Le Jules Verne

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.

The amuse bouche - the CE described it as "fish jello"

our appetizer - I was thrilled to see something as familiar as a potato chip!

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.

Sainte-Chapelle interior

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.

The stairs to the haute Chapel are a bear, but the reward is sublime.

The rose window

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!

The sky was so beautiful yesterday!

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Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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5 Responses to Monday in Paris: two trip highlights

  1. Katherine says:

    Did you really just say that French Fries aren’t made as well in France? Too funny.

    I, for one, will be steering clear of fish jello. But sign me up for the stained glass – that looks amazing!

    I’ll bet you didn’t know that there are pages on the web discussing “which came first, the chicken or the egg, when dropped from the Eiffel Tower.” And sometimes we think people have lost their intellectual curiosity.

  2. alexandra says:

    I love these Paris updates! Keep them coming. So happy you’re having a wonderful time. Makes me miss Paris so much. Hopefully you’re sleeping as I type this….

  3. Tina says:

    Omg-pls transport me there with you! Love the food pics- the fish jello is awesome- only the French could get away with that!! Glad you are able to post easily so I can live vicariously thru you….

  4. polloamigo says:

    Hope you are getting some sleep. We too found the time frame of the line precarious at Ste. Chapelle. Such as closing it off early with no explanation. Maybe the stained glass needed a rest. Oh those French!

  5. polloplayer says:

    I provide here, unsolicited of course, Travel Tip #3 from the Chicken Emperor (#2 is on the previous PP blog posting): Regarding the speaking of French, it is always assumed that the mixing of this language with Spanish, Arabic or Swahili is undesirable and confusing to the local people. Not so. My experience has been that such efforts are welcomed by the more enlightened French citizens, and are often rewarded with special food offerings, warm embraces, unusual hand gestures and rather puzzling movements of the feet.

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