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Anniversary Visit to Versailles/Paris -- dining, river cruise, etc. recommendations?

Anniversary Visit to Versailles/Paris -- dining, river cruise, etc. recommendations?

Old Aug 28, 09, 1:36 pm
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Anniversary Visit to Versailles/Paris -- dining, river cruise, etc. recommendations?

For our upcoming anniversary, we'll be spending a day/two nights at Versailles (two award nights at Trianon Palace Versailles) and four days in Paris (C&P at Prince de Galles). This will be my husband's first time in France, and my first visit to Versailles.

We plan to buy our tickets for Versailles online. Since it is a Tuesday visit, I think we'll get the "PASSEPORT Gdes Eaux/Jardins Musicaux" so that we can watch the Grandes Eaux Musicales show in the gardens. Our anniversary is the same day as our Versailles visit, so we'd like to make reservations for a nice dinner that night. An obvious option seems to be Gordon Ramsay au Trianon, which would be easy since it is in our hotel. Any other recommendations for a romantic dinner spot in Versailles (doesn't necessarily need to be as fancy as the Gordon Ramsay restaurant)?

As for Paris, we don't want to run ourselves ragged (we're in our 30s/fit, but just want some R&R away from NYC on this trip), but we'll try to do some of the usual -- Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Sacre Coeur/evening walk around Montmarte, etc. Due to my tableware obsession, hoping to squeeze in a visit to Baccarat and Hermes stores in Paris. I've never done a river cruise in Paris, and I thought that might be another nice way to see some sights without running around too much. I imagine we can book this once we get to Paris and/or ask the concierge for help, but would appreciate any recommendations for (or warnings about) river cruise operators. Similarly, would appreciate any tips on favorite cafes or lunch/dinner spots near the Prince de Galles (33 Avenue George V).
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Old Aug 30, 09, 4:31 pm
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Originally Posted by GramercyFCR View Post
Due to my tableware obsession, hoping to squeeze in a visit to Baccarat and Hermes stores in Paris.
Do not miss Puiforcat (part, with Saint Louis, of Hermès group).

Rue Royale (just five minutes walk from Hermès) hosts most of the luxury tableware brands (Saint Louis, Christofle, Lalique, Bernardaud, ...)

Baccarat has a boutique place de la Madeleine (at the northern end of Rue Royale), but you must definitely visit the flagship store (La Maison Baccarat) designed by Philippe Starck, located 11, Place des Etats Unis (have a lunch at the superb Crystal Room by Guy Martin).

If you are short in time, Le Printemps departement store (building: Printemps de la Maison) has a very nice selection of leading luxury tableware brands. I must say I love this place!

Originally Posted by GramercyFCR View Post
Any other recommendations for a romantic dinner spot in Versailles (doesn't necessarily need to be as fancy as the Gordon Ramsay restaurant)?
I am not quite sure that Versailles is the most exciting city to have (a romantic) dinner.

Pullman hotel (former Sofitel Versailles) has a very decent menu, but not exactly a romantic place.

Gordon Ramsay's La Véranda is not so expensive if you try the bistrot rather than gastonomique, serving a sophistica-rustique food (around EUR 80 without wine; the veal t-bone - for two - is delicious).
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