March 29, 2012

Dinner Cruise on the Seine

A dinner cruise: ranked one of the top 10 touristy things to do in Paris so naturally, we had to do it. For a tourist trap, the dinner was surprisingly tasty and came with unlimited supply of champagne and wine (both a good and bad thing). The bubblys coupled with a three-course meal meant it was more than enough to satisfy our bellies.

+ Program of attractions for the night
+ Bread
+ Mini olive muffins
Of course the best part about dinner was the spectacular view of all of the sites of Paris lit up at night. The dinner cruise timed it so that when we got on and off the boat, the Eiffel tower was glistening with its sparkly lights - which only happens for the first 5 minutes of every hour. Fun fact: the light bulbs are replaced by an experience crew of rock climbers every few years (learned that on our bike tour earlier that day...hehe).

+ Bisque soup with lobster
+ Scallops with truffle and leek
I think the appetizers was actually my favorite part of the meal. The mushroom bisque soup had massive chunks of lobster floating atop. I couldn't quite place the taste of the bisque because it was incredibly earthly but the cream thinned it out a bit and everything came together quite nicely. The scallops were also cooked to the perfect tenderness level and even better that it came with a brothy sauce. yums.

+ Steak
+ Veal with bacon
The main dishes consisted of a lot of protein and side dishes of mashed potatoes and sauteed wild mushrooms (not shown). Of the two selections, the veal was definitely the better of the two. I know I say this every time but I still like my dad's steak the best. I wasn't the biggest fan of veal but after the last few meals I've had in Prague (more on this later), its definitely reclaiming a fond place in my heart (and tummy).

+ Pear dessert with ice cream
+ Not shown: chocolate mousse cake. why I forgot to take a picture, I don't know...
Once again we were stuffed by the time that dessert came around (although not nearly as stuffed as Le Grand Vefour). Overall though, it was a supremely satisfying meal spent on the water of the Sein and under the lights of Paris. Yup, what they say is true. Paris can be quite the romantic city.

A blurry compilation of some of the sights we saw including mini statue of liberty, Notre Dame Cathedral, Napoleon's Tomb, Museum d'Orsay and the oldest bridge in Paris :) 

One more post left for Paris and then its Vienna!


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