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May 18, 2005
From journal Sleeping Around in Paris
September 26, 2004
We took the metro to the Eiffel Tower for our Jules Verne lunch. We were crammed into a little elevator and taken to the restaurant at the second stage of the tower. I felt a little out of place because the other people on the elevator were wearing suits and dresses. Traci and I were dressed casually. I could understand wearing suits and dresses for dinner, but for lunch? I felt a little better when the couples at the tables next to us were also dressed casually.
The meal was outstanding and the view was great. Traci had lobster in some type of sweet sauce as her first course. She talked about that lobster dish for the rest of the day. I had a delicious pastry stuffed with crabmeat and covered with cream sauce as my first course. For my main course, I had some incredible prawns. Traci had ordered sea bass but didn't like it. She told the waiter and this seemed to alarm the maitre'd. He came over to our table very concerned and asking all types of questions like, "Is it not to your liking, Madame? Is there some way we can make it more suitable to your taste?"
This place is all about customer satisfaction. He eventually took it back and allowed Traci to order another fish dish. This one was superb.
The course I enjoyed most was, by far, the dessert. It was made of pineapple and some other sweet goodies. I could have eaten that all day.
We were extremely pleased with our lunch at Jules Verne. We were there for almost three hours. This was my first time dining in a restaurant that is in such demand. It was also the first time I've experienced the type of bill that comes along with this type of dining. The bill for this lunch was almost as much as my round trip plane ticket from Philadelphia to London. Ouch!
From journal Paris Vacation