Three Things To Love About Paris! Eating The Eiffel Tower! Mona Lisa Selfies! Potatoes, Potatoes, Potatoes!

Welcome To Paris!

I’m on my way today to Paris for business, and it will be strange NOT to be in the “city of lights” for ONLY non-stop fun:

That’s the first thing to love about this city – The Eiffel Tower, named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Of course, my wife Alex and I have to get a selfie with it, not as easy to do as you think!

It was constructed from 1887 to 1889 as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair, initially criticised by some of France’s leading artists and intellectuals for its design, but now it is one of the most recognisable structures in the world.

As wikipedia notes, The Eiffel Tower is currently the most-visited paid monument in the world – around seven million visitors a year!

And the second thing I love about Paris is the food – and here is how you can enjoy the Eiffel Tower AND great food as well!

An elevator takes millions up to the first and second level all year around, even to the VERY TOP! However, we discovered a secret that will eliminate your wait!

Yes, the private elevator to the Jules Verne restaurant offers a great way to get to the second level, and it’s ONLY for customers of the restaurant, so there is no wait at all – here is a video from inside the elevator as we made our way up:

Aside from bypassing the long lines, this elevator takes you to Jules Verne – a two- Michelin star restaurant which is now overseen by acclaimed Chef Alain Ducasse – here’s the story I posted about the menu:


https://johnrieber.com/2013/12/08/the-delicious-eiffel-tower-dining-above-paris-at-jules-verne-with-alain-ducasse/

It is a great culinary adventure with an incredible view!

There is, of course, another incredible thing about Paris – the museums and the art – even though the “selfie” craze has gotten a bit out of hand, as you can see here at the Louvre…

Yes, there seem to be as many pictures of people IN FRONT of the Mona Lisa as there are of the famous painting itself – although the last time we were in paris, a separate art exhibit suggested that Mona Lisa is just fine being the iconic figure that she is:

We found this “pop culture” take on the painting while walking past the Georges Pompidou Museum.

No matter where you walk, there are fascinating shops, restaurants and people – before I fly home from this trip, I am going to make a long trek up to Sacre Coeur to share this view again:

Well, that’s obviously not a shot of mine – I found this incredible picture of the view from above Sacre Coeur online, and it was posted to “Flickr” by Dimities Christopoulos, and you should follow him here:


https://www.flickr.com/photos/orb_photos/11174535124

I’m not sure I will ever be able to capture the beauty that he did, but I will hike up there to try! I also hope to capture the beauty of a Parisian potato dish:

They just don’t get any creamier than this – and I documented all of the potatoes we ate on one trip to Paris, including this “Caviar Baked Potato”:

You can see all of our potato adventure here:

https://johnrieber.com/2018/01/27/a-guide-to-the-potatoes-of-paris-baked-mashed-fried-roasted-cheesy-a-cake-as-well/

Finally, I will make the sojourn to Notre Dame, where Alex and I have attended many church services…

I know that the iconic church will be closed for many years as the post-fire restoration begins…it will no doubt be a sad sight – but the world has come together to help support the restoration, and I can only imagine the festivities that will take place when it reopens to the public!

There you go, a taste of Paris – I will be sharing my latest adventure soon!



Categories: Art, Exotic Travel, Food, food blog, Food Review, Memoirs, Paris, Pop Culture, Recipes, Restaurants, Travel, Travel Adventures, Travel Memoir, Uncategorized, Wacky Food

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

22 replies

  1. One of my favourite places.
    Wonderful, enjoy your time there John. 🙂

  2. I would love to go to Paris, John, and intend to as soon as I have finished exhausting the literary and historical sights of Great Britain. I love any French potatoes. They have a way with food.

  3. Paris, my favourite city in the world. Enjoy your visit.

  4. Have enjoyed weekends in Paris… and nothing beats drinking coffee and watching the world go by.

  5. Looks great! Nice tip for avoiding queues at the tower

  6. Lucky you – you get to go back – work or not!! Have an awesome time!

  7. I have been many times, John. But you have got me beat on the culinary delights! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

Trackbacks

  1. Scenes From A Paris Street! The “City Of Light” At Night! Notre Dame Rebuilding Update! Seine Hitch-Hikers And Spiral Staircase Selfies! – johnrieber

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Love She Travels

Inspiring independent women to travel the world with confidence

ran travels

traveling the world on a budget

Binging on a Budget

"Help Me, I'm Poor."

Sunshine with Savannah

Writer aiming to cultivate kindness. | Exploring, learning, scribbling, finding sunshine wherever I go.

Enchanting Moments

travel | reading | food | fitness | real talk

The Romantic Vineyard

A Rich Harvest of Ideas to Help Your Marriage Grow

Notes from the U.K.

Exploring the spidery corners of a culture and the weird stuff that tourist brochures ignore.

Niamh R Blogs

Lifestyle | Petite Fashion | Travel | Entertainment

This Coffee Life

wellness & good reads

A Rambling Reviewer

Here be rambles and reviews.

B&S About Movies

We'll see you...at the movies.

Drew's Movie Reviews

Movie reviews from your average dude

Carrot Ranch Literary Community

Wrangling literary arts for writers: words for people!

The Annual Bloggers Bash

The Official Website for the Best Blogging Event of the Year!

But I Smile Anyway...

Musings and memories, words and wisdom... of a working family woman

Colline's Blog

A potpourri of books and things

Byrnewithme

Lifestyle | Sustainability | Travel

Travel with Intent

A photographer's view of the world - words and images to inspire your travels and your dreams

Movie Reviews 101

Daily Movie Reviews & ABC Film Challenge

Cindy Bruchman

Films. Travel. Photography. Books. Let's talk.

lazy day project

slow down or you’ll miss the best part

From Michigan to Germany

A family from Michigan living abroad in Germany.

JR-Sploitation!

The world's wildest movies from an era of "everything goes!"

Eclectic Alli

A bit of this, a bit of that, the meandering thoughts of a dreamer.

fancypaper

Little Things Make Us Happy

Rust Belt Girl

reading and writing the Rust Belt

Cult Of The Cinema

Exploring Cinematic Diversity

Retired? No one told me!

Tonight I Dream. Tomorrow I Do!

beetleypete

The musings of a Londoner, now living in Norfolk

THE BLOOMIN BRILLIANT BLOG

Beauty, Lifestyle, and Travel

Suzie Speaks

The Adventures Of a Thirty-Something Life

Cats and Trails and Garden Tales

Musings on cats, travel, gardens and life

The BookWorm Drinketh

Give Tea to the Tillerman, But Booze to the Bookworm!

Tranquil Dreams

Watching, Reading, Cooking & Travelling

Esme Salon

Share, Care & Inspire

An Historian About Town

History in the Making

Susie Lindau's Wild Ride

Come for Adventure. Stay for the Ride!

Robbie's inspiration

Ideas on writing and baking

a mindful traveler

explore, live, love...

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Blog magazine for lovers of health, food, books, music, humour and life in general

It Rains... You Get Wet

Still more lazy thoughts from this one...

By Hook Or By Book

Book Reviews, News, and Other Stuff

alexvorkovwriter

Flaming Goats Heads of Terror

Admit One Film Addict

Psychotronic Cinema

Let's Go To The Movies

Film and Theatre Lover!

%d bloggers like this: