Lost and Found Announcement

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Lost and Found Announcement

Missing and lost for over 200 days, we found sunlight and warm weather today in Paris. A glorious day and a reminder of life’s simple joys and pleasures 🙂

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A Birthday Surprise – Dining at “Le Jules Vernes” in the Eiffel Tower

eiffel1I had always been under the impression that “Le Jules Verne“, the restaurant located on the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower (altitude of 125 meters) was a tourist trap serving horrible food with the view of Paris being its only saving grace. Since we’re living in Paris (once again, Chee’s favorite city in the world) and Chee had gone on and on about how the reviews were outdated and that the restaurant was now helmed by Alain Ducasse (with 25 Michelin stars to his name in all his restaurants around the world), I went surfing around online and to my surprise, I found rather positive reviews of the restaurant.

Jules Verne was one place Chee would never have thought that I would bring her to given my fear of heights. SURPRISE!!! Jules Verne it was for Chee’s birthday (Tip: To land a table right next to the window, book at least 1 to 2 months in advance).   With its own private lift access, we were swiftly led up to the restaurant on the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower.  Restaurant diners can also head to the viewing platform through a private access from the restaurant.

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The lunch menu (88€ or 125€ with 3 glasses of wine) which we decided on had a choice of 3 starters, 3 mains and 3 desserts plus the suggestions of the day.  A nice cute touch was the butter molded in the form of the base of the Eiffel.

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Appetiser was a pumpkin velouté with chestnut. Simple and well-presented. As for starters, we had the preserved duck foie gras, fruit and orange marmalade accompanied by toasted brioche and the ravioli of crab meat with crab sauce. Once again, great presentation and a good start to our meal.

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The main dishes did not disappoint. Chee’s dish of roasted pork chop served with stuffed tender onion, straw potatoes and cooking jus as well as my dish of slowly cooked ox cheek and carrots both hit the sweet spots for us. Flavourful, gratifying and thoroughly yummy.

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Chee’s desert was a chocolate/mint variation whilst I chose a light desert of a contemporary vacherin of passion, mango and fresh ginger. Being a chocolate lover, I realised I had made the wrong choice when Chee’s dessert arrived. I kept looking over to her yummy dessert.  If you’re still hungry by this stage, the complimentary mignardises (small sweet tidbits) of chocolate truffles, guimauves (marshmallows), macaroons, and brownies would definitely make you keel over.

All in all, it was a very good experience.  The wines served paired well with the dishes.   Did I freak out coz of the height? Thankfully, once I was in the restaurant, it wasn’t all that bad. Nevertheless, heading out to the private viewing platform of the Eiffel Tower was indeed a challenge for me. Doubt I’ll do that again!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHEE 😉

Le Jules Verne
5 Avenue Gustave Eiffel, 75007
+33 1 45 55 61 44
Open 7 days a week

10 reasons to go for a Sunday early morning run in Paris

Reason 1: The early bird/runner gets to view Eiffel Tower from Trocadéro sans tourists…

Reason 2: Ditto for the Louvre…

Reason 3: Just you, the love-locks on Pont des Arts and the serene river Seine…

Reason 4: Car-free Sundays on roads by the river Seine

Reason 5: Having the park (Jardin des Plantes) all to myself…

Reason 6: Getting to enjoy a splendid view of the Notre Dame…

Reason 7: I get to be reminded of just how beautiful Paris is…

Reason 8: Musée d’Orsay, ’nuff said…

Reason 9: No worries about finding a green chair to sit on at the Jardin des Tuileries…

Reason 10: It’s barely 11am and I’m done with my 26km run. The reward is having the  Eiffel Tower before my eyes…🙂 🙂 🙂

Goodbye August, Hello September

It’s been quiet around here on the blog…Summer/August has been hectic (not that we are complaining :)) with the trip to London and Iceland, work, friends’ visits to Paris, trips to Belgium and La Rochelle. A fruitful month it was and as September comes along, hints of La Rentrée – i.e. the French “return” to work and schools after a long vacation in August – are popping up everywhere. Gone are the days of quiet Parisian street, devoid of traffic and semi-empty metro rides during the peak hours. Summer is also bidding farewell as the mercury drops and the long daylight hours are slowly dwindling. A tad sad I am but September and the months ahead will be full of new adventures and encounters so I’ll say farewell to l’été with a big smile, thankful for all that we’ve got to experience and looking forward to new exploits and memories in the months ahead.  A toast to summer 🙂

Meanwhile, it’s our first weekend to ourselves in Paris since July and we are looking forward to it. Enjoying the last bit of a quiet Paris before everyone comes back from vacation. The day started off on a great note with a 15km run together around the Champ de Mars park where Eiffel Tower stands, followed by yummy sushi and ramen. 🙂

🙂 The simple pleasures of life 🙂

Bon week-end à toutes et tous! We’ll be back with more updates and posts on “Fantasy Fridays” soon 🙂

Pour La Vie

We celebrated our 3rd year wedding anniversary yesterday…

Strolling along River Seine… toasting our champagne flutes seated at Champ de Mars in full view of the Eiffel Tower… followed by a good French meal

…Bliss…

As we were strolling, we walked past a shop and smiled when we saw its awning.

The message was loud and clear 🙂

POUR LA VIE

(in English, “FOR LIFE”)

“I, Pierre/Yvonne take you, Yvonne/Pierre to be my wife/husband, to love and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish until death do us part. This is my solemn vow.”