Day 4 – Birthdays and Bouquets

Posted: September 23, 2014 in Travel

It was a significant day for two reasons. Naturally the most important event was the CLP celebrating a birthday in the City of Love. She is treated like a Queen everyday so no special planning required. The second event of interest though was that Frenchie clawed back. Now I have been my usual subtle self but some may have picked up on a minor displeasure with certain aspects of the French experience.

After having some truffles flown in from South of France for an appetiser it was off for some breakfast at a recommended little cafe. Another booteeful day and a leisurely 30 minute walk to Cafe Constant and a surprisingly good breakfast. The surprising thing though was some actual service was provided without having to ask for it . Garçon was a little confused when he thought we wanted white tea with milk but it was sorted. The only downer was towards end when Frogs x2 arrived and sat down next to us with dogs x 2 in tow. Yes the French love their dogs but leave them outside please ok?

Next it was on to Musee Rodin I think. Get it ? We arrived a bit early and had to wait in line but were at front so when got in got the ” memorable” photo opportunities first. For 6 euro entry it was great value. Win 2 for the French. Then it was home to get ready for hopeful highlight of day – lunch at Le Jules Verne on second level of Eiffel Tower. Prepaid many months ago had even paid 30 euro just to have our tickets posted to Australia. Not cheap but should be worth it

Now an old man does not need too many shocks in life. So when Francois showed us the menu and said we could choose from tasting or set menu I said ” settle down pal we pre paid this for the special lunch ” “Non Non, we don’t debit your credit card we only keep it on record” While my life flashed before my eyes I assured him that some frog had taken a fair hit out of my card many months ago and unless he wanted to see how high up we really were get it sorted tout suite. I think he appreciated my knowledge of French lingo. He came back apologetic saying I was correct – apologetic as in the grimace turned almost into a smile. From there on it was simply a superb experience. You get what you pay for of course and for that money I thought a lap dance may have been included but alas no. Ok, it wasn’t my birthday I guess. Now the French are great with their bread and must say they also know how to fill a glass of wine beyond the one third mark. As part of the package we got some signed individual menus and just for a laugh , as booking was in my name, CLP menu was titled Madame Ferguson. While she no doubt half expected me to drop to one knee there and then it was a simple misunderstanding . Manfully she wiped away the tears . Or was she laughing with relief ? Graciously Pierre arranged to have the menu fixed. Now mine says Mr Della. Fark !

So a great day was nowhere near over but being full as a goog it was time to head home and stretch out for rest of day. Maybe head out later for a beer but no more food thanks. Not even a breadstick dipped in cheese.

Maybe a wafer thin chocolate ?

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