France

Paris

Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower, the iconic symbol of the capital, built for the Universal Exhibition of 1889, is celebrating its 120th anniversary this year(2009).

The 58 tour Eiffel restaurant

Situated on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower, the restaurant Altitude 95 has recently had a makeover.
On the occasion of its reopening, it was renamed the « 58 tour Eiffel », and has a new sober, elegant and contemporary decor and a new cuisine devised by the chef Alain Soulard in the spirit of Alain Ducasse.
The restaurant proposes the unusual concept of fast food service with international flavours served at the bar at lunchtime and more sophisticated traditional French cooking with table service in the evening.
Eiffel Tower – 1st floor Champ de Mars, Paris 7th
Metro Bir Hakeim / Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel
Tel. 0 825 566 662 (€0.15 /min)
http://www.restaurants-toureiffel.com

The Jules Verne restaurant

Jules Vernes, on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. Opened in December 2007, the gastronomic restaurant of Alain Ducasse perched on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower, has gained its first Michelin star.
Its chef Pascal Féraud proposes traditional French cuisine with a special twist in a totally new decor designed by Patrick Jouin and a view of Paris to take your breath away.
Eiffel Tower 2nd floor Pilier Sud (south pillar) Champ de Mars, Paris 7th
Metro Bir Hakeim / Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel
Tel. 0 825 566 662 (€0.15 /min)
www.lejulesverne-paris.com

Château de Versailles

The best-known of France’s chateaux, the Château de Versailles, is also one of the most prestigious monuments of world heritage. Louis XIII’s former hunting lodge was transformed and… extended at his son’s request, to house the seat of the royal court and the French government.
Evocatively-named sites such as the Royal Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors and the Chapel are renowned for the magnificence of their decoration, which has been beautifully restored.
In the 18th century, yet more apartments were added, and the Petit Trianon and the Hameau de la Reine joined the Grand Trianon created in 1687 by Jules Hardouin-Mansart.
The French-style gardens are home to over 400 marble and bronze statues and splendid fountains. The park, designed by Le Nôtre, open on to the Grande Perspective, lined with statues, flowering borders and groves. A sight for sore eyes!
Don’t miss the magical Grandes Eaux Musicales, when the fountains are set in action to music: on until 30 September this year.
 
The chateau: Closed every Monday. Low season (November to March) 9am to 5:30pm (last admission: 5pm). High season (April to October) 9am to 6:30pm (last admission: 6pm).
Marie-Antoinette’s Estate, Grand Trianon, Petit Trianon: Open daily (Monday included) from 12 noon.
Low season: 5.30pm (last admission: 5pm).
High season: 6.30pm (Last admission: 6pm)

 

Galeries Lafayette

Some of the greatest fashion labels – Christian Lacroix, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Chanel etc. – rub shoulders under the superb dome of this Parisian department store, which celebrated its centenary in 1996… The men’s store in particular is the largest retail space in Europe devoted exclusively to menswear and accessories. There’s always more to the Galeries Lafayette than shopping: the store frequently organises exhibitions, autograph sessions and fashion shows. With a variety of well-stocked sections – Lafayette Fashion, Sport, Gourmet, VO and Home – Galeries Lafayette really is a one-stop shopping Mecca, especially when it comes to Christmas shopping!

Printemps Haussmann

Created in 1865 by the visionary Jules Jaluzot and declared a listed historical monument, the Printemps Haussmann is today one of the major department stores in Paris. With over 44 000 m² devoted to luxury goods, fashion, glamour and things to dream about; 25 floors over 3 buildings; 1 million references and over 300 brands sold exclusively; a panoramic terrace with an exceptional view over Paris; with its magnificent Art Deco cupola, its Haussmanian facade and spectacular window displays, the Printemps Haussmann is a wonderful, unforgettable experience of the essence of chic and fashion and gives you the chance to find all the latest trends in fashion, luxury and decoration in a selection of the finest French and international brands all at one address. Printemps and fashion go together and the store reflects current trends and invents new concepts. In 2001, Printemps unveiled its new showcase for luxury goods, “Printemps du Luxe”, in 2003, it inaugurated the biggest Beauty space in the world, 2006 saw an entire floor of footwear opening (over 3 000m²) and a Food Hall, grouping together the 10 biggest brands in de luxe delicatessen and gastronomy… Printemps also offers 7 eating areas with a wide choice of cuisine, from coffee breaks to classic meals. For its international clientele, Printemps offers personalized services like accompanying bilingual shopping staff, delivery to hotels in Paris, dispatching of purchases throughout the world, reimbursement of the sales tax and acceptance of all foreign currencies at the cash desk.
Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9.35am to 7pm and on Thursday until 10pm.

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