Intermezzo …

We walked along the Right Bank of the Seine, past the Hotel de Ville, most likely the grandest Mayor’s office in the world.

and then back across the Seine.

to Le Comptoir, a small and very famous Brasserie, always packed with tourists, a few blocks away from us near the Odeon. As we approached we saw that […]

The week that was …

E started French lessons at the Alliance Francaise. There are nine women and himself, the only male in the class and the only American, the other nationalities span the globe: Cambodian, Spanish, Israeli, Indonesian, Jordanian, Brazilian, Russian, Argentine, Russian and Australian.
A great teacher, lively and vivacious and only French is spoken.
E joined a gym with […]

It was bound to happen …

We have been in France for a little under three months and finally the bruising episode.
Many told us we would find the French cold to Americans, especially Americans who don’t speak their language and that we would be stifled by their bureaucracy.
Au contraire!  We have found them, the French and their bureaucracy at every level […]

Sunday Afternoon in the Marais …

We don’t get out of the apartment until 2:00 PM. It had been sunny earlier but the clouds are coming in. We have become accustomed to this weather. It will rain but not hard and not consistent, so we don’t take umbrellas.
We have decided to walk to the Marais (the 3rd and 4th arrondisement), where […]

A change of pace …

Cold, rain threatening and we get out of the apartment at 2:30. We walk a few blocks to Carrefour de l’Odeon, a crossroads surrounded by bistros and brasseries.  We go into Les Editeurs because we remember the taste of the last onion soup we had there.
 
Les Editeurs is two floors of small wooden tables and […]

Happy New Year …


New Year’s Eve: 31 December, 2007 ­ Saint Sylvestre avec deux femmes …

Gina ­ whom Renee has known for many years, and her 10 yr. old daughter Grace arrived from New York City 8:30 in the morning of the 31st. Gina had requested lunch at Balzar, also one of our favorites. 
We ate. Grace slept.     
 

After lunch Gina and Grace went home to sleep and we walked through the 5th […]