When we arrived a bit early at the Eiffel Tower (la tour d’eiffel–I have such a hard time saying it in English) for our 1:30 Jules Verne lunch, the day had already not gone as planned.
For Saturday night in Paris, I did a search on the Fork to see what popped up, looking for a gem in case one of the other reservations didn’t happen. Well, as it turns out, all of our reservations panned out, but we were so intrigued by the restaurant I found that we kept the reservation. Sola is a japanese fusion restaurant helmed by Yoshitake Hiroki with two floors, the bottom being a cave where diners eat on the floor without shoes. We didn’t get to eat in the cave, but we had one of the most thoughtful and well-crafted meals we’ve ever been served.
I’m writing this now while the experience is fresh in my mind, despite my lack of wi-fi–perhaps more as a cathartic treatment to allow myself to move pass the experience.
Having a couple days to explore before we needed to be in Bordeaux for the race, we decided to visit Versailles. Yes, this is an easy day trip from Paris, but wanting to relax before the marathon, we decided to stay in Versailles, which also gave us a chance to explore more of the grounds without worrying about trains. We chose the Trianon Palace Versailles to rest our heads, which happens to have a two Michelin Starred restaurant–Gordon Ramsay–we couldn’t pass up.
After a brief interlude in the British Airlines Terraces Lounge where I gorged on cheese and mini sandwiches, we boarded our flight to London. I normally hang out at the Alaska Boardroom lounge but since Terraces was directly next to our gate, we visited to see the mountain out the windows. (more…)