Archive for April, 2012

Spring time in Paris. What a lovely experience. It is so beautiful that I don’t care if it’s cloudy or rainy with a slight chill in the air. It’s just lovely to me.

Everywhere you look, there is life and beauty. Everywhere. It’s in the food, the shops, it oozes through the air like a silky blanket wrapping itself around your shoulders. Yes, I’m in love.

We have had beautiful meals full of flavor and nuance. Met helpful people, some who don’t speak of word of either language we do and yet, we have communicated with delight through a nod of the head or a smile here and there. So far most everyone has been happy to assist in any way. We met a sweet older woman last night who insisted we eat at one particular bistro even to the point of getting a young woman to translate. By the time we realized we needed to hurry to get there, the restaurant had a long line. Tonight we will go back at an earlier hour.

We had an amazing lunch at Bistro Les Papilles near the Luxembourg Gardens. The lunch was exquisite. There was a zucchini soup with bacon (nothing like I’ve ever had in my life!), braised leg of lamb with vegetables and for dessert a panna cotta with carmelized bananas on the bottom and some sort of foam on top. The perfect ending to an amazing meal.

For dinner we went to L’entrepot near our apartment. L’entrepot is a cool place with music, movies, bar and restaurant. It was packed last night and the staff was hoppin’ busy! I had duck served with braised apple, while Den had salmon with braised celery root. The flavors….mmmm…my mouth is watering just thinking about it!

We are loving our apartment. This is definitely the way to go in Paris! Our first night here, we stayed in Hotel Elysa Luxembourg with a small room near the Luxembourg Gardens, a little expensive but sweet. If you stay here and are a loving couple, make sure you get a room that isn’t 2 twins pushed together. One you will fall between the cracks, trust me on this one. We paid more for room there per night than we our apartment.

Our apartment is in a mixed neighborhood, has great character that we love. It’s not in the most touristy area and that’s fine for us. We love walking, looking and experiencing life here. And it’s easy enough to get around on the subway for or rent bikes for larger excursions. Den and I are on different sleep cycles it seems, so once I awoke this morning, we were out the door. Not much time for waking up. I threw my clothes on, downed a bit of coffee and out we went. While standing on the corner, waiting for the light, I turned to see a sweet little old lady smile at me, I smiled back. Then we made eye contact and she looked me up and down and still smiled sweetly, at that point I averted my eyes, I was a little embarrassed. Then I realized my clothing choices and I had just passed inspection or at least I think they did. Mind you, I wasn’t dressed my best, but for morning, I did okay.

Here are a few pics of our trip so far…

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I feel a creative surge coming on. One that feels a lot like waking up.

I was thinking about it today, I’m about to take a trip that fills me with such joy, wonder and the possibility of magic… yes, magic. And I know it’s going to be an amazing adventure.

I get to delve into a world of just observing… choosing… allowing myself to feel a place that has always filled me with delight. They call it the city of lights, I call the city of magic. You never know what you’re going to see around the corner, down the hall or in the garden.

It’s a lot like life.

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