It’s now time to leave Paris…. it’s been a great couple of days and the weather has been magnifique! I’m sitting at the airport writing this last entry for our trip because we got back from dinner too late last night.
Our last day…. what can I say. I stayed up late the other night with the blog and Faceboook and got many nice responses on the pictures from Tielt and Lokeren – in fact, I got responses as I was posting them. We really had a great time and enjoyed the entire time. As a result, we got up late this morning and didn’t hit the streets until 10:30. Anyway, it was a beautiful morning and I captured some great pictures as we went from the Champs-Élysées, to the Left Bank, and back to the 9th arrondissement. Here are a few:
We rested a bit and then got ready for dinner. We couldn’t do the special birthday dinner for Rich on Monday because most of the high end restaurants are closed on Monday. We had an outstanding dinner at Le Cinq which is in the Four Seasons George V Hotel – it was magnificent! The entire hotel is beautiful but the restaurant itself is a work of art – the service was superb and the food divine. We had the prix fixe and were there from 8pm until almost midnight! Wow – I think that’s a record for us. Here are a few pictures from the evening.
We had a wonderful vacation and it’s now time to get back to reality. This trip was very special in so many ways. We visited so many great places – Paris, London, St. Emilion, Mont St. Michel, Honfleur, the Normandy sites, Maastricht, Antwerp. We also had a memorable time with my family in Belgium. Monique and Eddy were outstanding hosts the entire time and attending the christening of Julie was also a highlight.
Monique, Eddy, Bart, Mariam, Sophie, Tom – heel erg bedankt voor een goede, goede tijd!
So now it’s the end of the story. There are many memories and some beautiful pictures. I hope that everyone who has followed the blog enjoyed the commentary and photos. I’ll end with a couple of night time shots of the Eiffel Tower – what a magnificent city Paris is. Adieu!
Happy Birthday, Rich!!
Today we left Tielt in the morning and got back to Paris around noon. Marie led us directly to the hotel without a hitch but the traffic was tough. Driving in central Paris is a nightmare with all of the pedestrians, motorcycles, crazy cars, taxis….. yikes!! We did, however, make it back without a problem. Of course, we had to ditch Marie…. c’est dommage….. she’ll soon be helping others find there way…. tournez a gauche!
We spent the afternoon checking out different – and then some of the same – areas of Paris. Here are just a few shots I took today:
We had a great dinner tonight at a Venetian restaurant – excellent food and a very nice location.
Attached below are a few of the pictures I took while in Tielt, Belgium with my family. We had a great time, ate a lot, drank a lot, and laughed a lot. It was truly a great time. I’ll close with the pictures and hope to have the final entry of our trip tomorrow night. Adieu.
We left London at 8:50 on the Eurostar from St. Pancras Train Station. Here are a couple of pics from the station – notice the Olympic rings:
We arrived in Paris and went back to our original hotel and enjoyed the bottle of champagne we’d gotten when we first arrived….. had to get ready for Joel Robuchon!
Our reservations at L’Atelier Joel Robuchon were for 6:30pm – a little early for us but that’s all that they offer on a reservation basis. It was on the other side of the Seine and traffic was horrific. I wanted to be there just a little bit late but not lose our reservation! Not to worry, everything worked out fine. This was to be my first birthday dinner…. there are many to follow, trust me!
Everything was outstanding. We ordered several small courses somewhat like tapas style. We were able to take some hints from those around us and everyone was fairly fluent in English…. although honestly sometimes it’s really hard to understand them because of the accent. Anyway, we sat next to a family of four from New York – lived in Connecticut. They had two small girls and a dog…. can you believe it? Taking small children (they were probably 4-6 years old) and a dog into a restaurant like this??? We loved it. They were a great couple – she spoke French fluently since she was born in Paris and he was of Belgian descendant… can’t get any better than that! Anette, I took their picture just to show you that even Raya could have a good time at Robuchon.
We had a variety of different plates – all were exquisite…. here they are:
The mashed potatoes are honestly magical… you’ve never had anything quite as delicate from a potato. Evidently everyone asks for them when they come here and I’m so glad that I knew to order them.
Last but not least – the desserts…..
It probably seems like a lot of food but it actually was just right. I first had my doubts about a counter offered French gourmet meal but it was an outstanding experience and actually a lot of fun. Not stuffy… not pretentious… excellent food…. and a good time. I won’t mention how many euros we offered to alleviate the European financial crisis – Angela Merkel would be proud!
I’m a little sorry to leave Paris in the morning but we’ll be back in another week or so. What a great city and one that always continues to shine from my perspective. We leave tomorrow early to board the train to Bordeaux. I can’t wait to see what lies ahead.
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First full day in Paris and what a day! It started by raining just a little – just enough to get the streets wet and to muggy up the weather…. boy was it hot and muggy! The temperature was 85 degrees, it felt like 90 and the humidity was oppressive. But hey…. it’s Paris so it can’t be too bad, right?
We had 12:30 reservations at Jules Verne on the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower. We wore jackets so that we looked the part and took Metro to the nearest station – still a hefty 30 minute walk in the noon day sun. But what a treat! The experience was truly amazing and lived up to every expectation I had imagined. I’ve included a small gallery of everything we ate:
First a glass of champagne – bien sur!
A little Amuse Bouche 0f orange, salmon and a little asparagus
A starter of veal layers in an aspic sauce
John Dory over a bed of shaved fennel and tomatoes
A raspberry/chocolate square
A side order of macaroons a la Jules Verne
Here’s a picture of the place setting and the marvelous butter they serve with the logo on top:
A special note to Adrienne: Yes, we have eaten a lot but remember this blog is about food and other things as well – you’re going to see a lot of food.
Special note to Anette: here is the watercolor we found for you along the Seine…. oops, what no Eiffel Tower… c’est dommage!
And now just a few pics to capture the rest of the day. Gotta get some sleep because we’re catching an early train to London. A bientot!
We arrived without a hitch and had a wonderful flight on the Air France Airbus A380 – what a machine! We boarded the plane via several ramps that led us directly into Business Class which was the overhead portion of the plane. It took off like a rocket ship without a sound – it was truly amazing. And the seats were incredible! We were able to recline totally flat so that we were able to sleep fairly well. Here’s a small preview of our dinner meal:
Lobster salad with a mango chutney in center.
Chicken fricassee Beef Tornadoes
Notice the real silverware!!!
Here’s a picture of our little neighbor on board who was a champ throughout the flight and never sounded a peep:
We arrived on time and took a taxi to our hotel – it took a long time because of the traffic. The hotel, Hyatt Madeleine, is new and very comfortable – are we really in Paris??? Everyone is helpful and speaks English. There was a problem tonight with the drapes that we never noticed and they left a very nice bottle of champagne for us – mon dieu!
We had to have a couple of beers at the Cafe de la Paix – it’s a tradition for us and a landmark in Paris. It looks upon the old Opera Garnier so I couldn’t resist this wonderful view of the opera house with the cafe logo in the forefront:
After resting a bit, we had a very nice dinner at the Royal Madeleine bistro – very authentic French and not touristy at all.
Bienvenue en France and what a wonderful welcome it was….. this is just the first day so stay tuned!