3 Rejuvenated Paris Sites – Don't Miss Them

March 6, 2008 | By | Reply More
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Quick, name three essential images of Paris. How about these – 1) the stoic soaring angles of the Eiffel Tower, 2) the vibrant multi hued paintings of Claude Monet, 3) the voluptuous gilt accouterments of grand reception halls at the Palace of Versailles. Three of Paris’ most treasured venues that have all recently undergone a revitalizing rejuvenation and even if you’ve seen them before, it’s worth a fresh visit.
Eiffel Tower#1 – Indulge in a romantic meal to remember for a lifetime at the newly reopened Jules Verne Restaurant on platform 2 of the Eiffel Tower. Managed by famed chef Alaine Ducasse (the only chef in the world to have 3 restaurants holding 3 Michelin stars each), the cuisine promises to be as spectacular as the view. Reservations should be made well in advance for either lunch or dinner. Each offers set price dining, with lunch ranging from 75-110 Euros, and dinner at 155 to 190 Euros per person. Feel like you’re there already by visiting their website Jules Verne Restaurant. Take it for a spin in French first to get the full flavor, and remember when you make a reservation, it entitles you to skip all the lines and enter the Tower by private entrance and elevator!

Monet Garden#2 – Immerse yourself within a sea of tranquil waters in the lower level of the Impressionist art museum, L’Orangerie. Enormous circular paintings of water lilies painted by Claude Monet as a gift to the people of France in celebration of the end of WWI, are now bathed in natural light, as the top floor of the museum was removed and a magnificent tempered glass ceiling installed. The renowned L’Orangerie Museum reopened in 2007 after an extensive six year refurbishment. Located at the top end of the Tuileries Garden, the L’Orangerie Museum makes a perfect counterbalance to the Louvre at the other end. Brimming with paintings by France’s most famous Impressionist painters, (Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Picasso, Rousseau, Matisse) the museum is the perfect size for a leisurely visit. It is far more manageable than the overpowering expanses of the Louvre and D’Orsay, and you’ll be introduced to the Masters of Impressionism all in one place – fabulous! Find more infomation on their website: Musee de L’Orangerie.

Versailles Hall of Mirrors #3 – For three long years the famous Hall of Mirrors at Versailles has been shrowded and locked up tight. It has taken more than Windex to restore the sparkle! With a fund of $16 million dollars, a team of 80 artisans have worked their magic to restore this glistening masterpiece. Originally built in the 17th century as a banquet hall for Louis XIV, the hall is resplendent with 357 mirrors, parquet flooring, cascading chandeliers and frescoed ceilings. The hall is also famous as the signing location of the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I on June 28, 1919. Don’t miss a chance to ‘step through the looking glass’ into this magnificent room, you’ll almost hear the waltzes playing and see the festooned royals in all their finery twirling amongst all the shimmering light. Find details for a visit at Palace of Versailles.

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