Pat Kennedy - Your Washington, DC Real Estate Connection


A Paris Love Story

Back in the 1960's when I lived in New York, I had a roommate named Milchen who worked for Air Canada when I worked for Easter Airlines.  And we took trips at every opportunity - well, they were free or almost free!

One of Milchen's first big adventures was a trip to Paris all by hersolf.  And it was a trip that completely changed her life.

She was standing at a kiosk near the corner of Boulevard Saint Michel and Boulevard Saint Germain buying a copy of an English language newspaper, and she sensed a guy was staring at her.  She didn't look at him, but started walking away quickly.  He followed her.  She walked faster, and so did he.

So figuring that he couldn't do anything too dangerous with so many people around, she stopped abruptly and faced him.  He was, she thought, incredibly handsome, as she demanded to know why he was following her.  I am not sure how he answered that question, but when she returned to New York, she was certain that she had met her soul mate!

His name was Carlos, and he was Portuguese living in Lisbon.  After a whirlwind romance, they had an amazing wedding in her hometown of Houma, Louisiana - people are still talking about it - and they really did live, and are still living, happily ever after. 

They named their now grown up daughter Michelle Germaine!

So whenever I go to Paris, I make a little pilgrimage to this magical street corner.  Hope springs eternal, after all!

Comment balloon 19 commentsPatricia Kennedy • April 15 2009 03:19PM


Pat--Sounds like you are having a wonderful trip...I guess you survived the plane ride after all. If Mr. Right starts to follow you, don't pepperspray him. :)

Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) over 11 years ago
Bonjour Mademoiselle Kennedy! Bienvenue a Paris. Peut etre vous trouvez votre amour en Paris aussi!
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) over 11 years ago

Patricia - You just wrote a paperback romance novel with a happy ending. April in Paris ....I knew it. Enjoy

Posted by Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale (Homes By Cross, Inc. ) over 11 years ago

Now that's an enviable love story to share with generations to come.  Visit that corner every chance you get....

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 11 years ago


I'm only a day behind you...I thought only the flyer got jet lag...!!! Nice story! Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) over 11 years ago

What a sweet love story.  Sounds like a movie in there somewhere.  Bonne vacance.

Posted by Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate (RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage) over 11 years ago

Pat, what a charming love story for the city of love. It's a shame that in this day and age she would have maced him in the eyes!

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) over 11 years ago

That is a cute love story. I heard lots of rumors that French love got a expiration date of 3 to 4 years. I need to correct that rumor.

Posted by real estate real estate over 11 years ago


Wow, what a romantic story. So, this is not your first visit to Paris? A cute photo as well. Keep the reports from the French capital, we are waiting

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) over 11 years ago

Thats great!  Are you looking for some tall, dark and handsome guy following you ?   ... Well I WOULD have been there - but I never got the invite.  

Oh Mon Cheri !!

Posted by James Downing - Metro DC Houses Team REALTORSĀ®, CRS, GRI, ABR,MRP, MilRes, When Looking to Buy or Sell - Make the Right Move (Real Living | At Home) over 11 years ago

Pat - Thanks for sharing such a romantic story that could make a great Danielle Steele novel.  

Posted by Carol Culkin, ReeceNichols, Overland Park Residential Real Estate (ReeceNichols Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Morning Pat (well it is morning in Florida ;-)  Adorable story, I love your line "hope springs eternal"....sending some magic your way.

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Posted by Gail MacMillan over 11 years ago

Pat - Perhaps lightning will strike twice.

Posted by Ed Schneider, Washington DC Real Estate Specialist (Evers & Co. Real Estate Inc.) over 11 years ago

Pat:  Enjoy your vacation.  What a wonderful story....  My first love was a portuguese man who lived in Paris.  Not a true love story but....

Posted by Tere Rottink (CoastalVa Realty Inc) over 11 years ago

Hi Pat... what a wonderfully fabulous story.  It is stories like that which allow me to remain a hopeless romantic after all these years.  I still believe in the magic!

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 11 years ago

Pat what a lovely romantic story and I love the part that they are still living happy ever after.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 11 years ago

Love it - what a wonderful story, Pat...

Posted by Kathy Knight, BROKER, ABR, CRS, GRI, SFR, SRES (Intracoastal Realty Corp) over 11 years ago

Patricia - How romantic!  That's great that they are still living happily ever after...  :)

Posted by Debi Ernst, GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate (St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors) over 11 years ago

What a wonderful story!  Thanks for sharing with all of us!

Posted by Krista Fuchs, Chester County Realtor - (484) 459-8025 - Home Buying and Selling (Prudential Fox & Roach) over 11 years ago