What a couple of weeks! As United Airline's Flight 915 veered south over Newfoundland, I felt glad to be heading home, and I felt so blessed to have been able to share this time and this birthday with family and friends. What a cast of characters!
The highligt of the trip was a birthday dinner at Le Tastevin, a tiny, utterly charming, restaurant on Ile St. Luis, Everything about it just lovely, from the traditional French cuisine, the wine, and the amazing glace, served with a birthday candle for me to blow out!
First, there was my mom, who was scooting all over town with her new knee and cane. I took this photo at the square where we ran into the young musicians playing Pachelbel and Ravel! She and my father visited Paris several times, and she wanted to revisit some of their favorite haunts. She was tireless and full of adventure every day of the trip.
Then we have my sister, Bairbre. She let me be the bossy big sister (sorry, Bair! Hope I wasn't too insufferable!) while she kept us in croissants, wonderful coffee au lait, and helped me get lost a few extra times! He Dog Whisperer boyfriend stayed behind to provide a couple of weeks of boot camp for M. Willie the Labradoodle.
My pretty neice, Brighid, probably had the least bad French of all of us! She had a blast in the consignment shops because she was the size of the French women! She makes beautiful jewelry and got some great ideas to inspire her creations while she was there, enjoying the Left Bank bead shops. She made me a lovely pair of earrings!
My brother, Jack, Brighid's dad, joined us for part of the trip and arranged my birthday dinner at Le Tastevin (it actually has five stars!) and made some excellent wime choices from the sometimes daunting selections on the shelves of the local markets. He is already planning a return trip with my favorite sister-in-law, Mary Ann!
Then, old friend Annie Groer was there working on a book she is writing, and she introduced me to the flea market and other parts of Paris that I might have missed. She was staying across the river in a small hotel that provided a room with a little terrace that was utterly charming. We enjoyed a wonderful lunch there on one of the very sunny days.
And to round things out, there was friend and former client, Jan DelMonte. A couple of years ago (perfect timing!) she sold her condo in Adams Morgan to move to Paris and live her dream - she's living my dream, too! She is in fabulous shape from moving into a 5th floor walk-up! She recently completed an internship at Christie's and is working as a consultant to people who are looking for home decor in Paris. She also really knows how to shop, for just about anything, and I would recommend her highly as a guide, whether you are shopping at the Chanel mother store or in Left Bank consignment shops. Oh, and she knows the bar where Gerard Depardieu hangs out!
So I'm back now, with some wonderful memories and a lot of great photos.
And tomorrow, I'm doing an Open House in Georgetown! I'm ready to sell that sucker!