HE says (in 2004)…

EugeneI had been in the wine business in California and several years ago started a small company importing Burgundy wines. That venture proved uneconomical and the company was dissolved, but it has not stopped me from enjoying Burgundy wines. It was the wine business that drew me into France and France resonated with a part of my being.For the past three years my wife and I have spent a month in France, usually, two weeks in Paris and two weeks either in Burgundy or Province. We have stayed in fine hotels (Le Cep in Burgundy and have rented homes in small villages (Villers-La-Faye).I have always had a wonderful time in France and have decided now that I am 72 I should spend more time in France and fully immerse myself in French culture.I have my plane ticket and I have rented an apartment in Paris (in the 6th). I have only one goal in France and that is to enjoy all the pleasures that are France, in a word: to immerse myself in French “terroir.”I will only recount one incident that had drawn me to France. Last year, my wife and I had just finished our coffees at a sidewalk table at the Café Le Rostard. It was a bright sunny date. All the tables were filled: couples talking, individuals reading newspapers, or just watching the passing parade of people on the street. We walked into the Jardin du Luxembourg as if drawn by the music that a band was playing. As we drew closer to the bandstand, I took my wife in my arms and we started to dance. I believe it was at that moment that I knew I wanted to spend time in France.I intend to go to museums, to the Opera and listen to the wonderful music that is always available in the churches around Paris.I naturally intend to eat great food and drink great wine, visiting small bistros and starred Michelin restaurants.Before I went into the wine business, I was a writer and now that I am retired have taken my pen up again and am finishing a novel with Paris as one of the major settings.I also intend to take some classes at a school so that I will be able to speak some French, at least enough to know how to ask directions and how to order.Such are my intentions: now all I have to do is carry them out.