Pat Kennedy - Your Washington, DC Real Estate Connection


We'll Always Have Paris!

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!

Comment balloon 28 commentsPatricia Kennedy • April 25 2009 11:57PM


Hi Pat, it is so wonderful you and all with you got to go on this trip and especially share it with your Active Rain members. I need to read the whole series from the beginning cause I learned so much from it. Welcome home.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 11 years ago


How nice of you to do such a fabulous presentation. Is it a jet lag that you are still at the computer way beyond midnight?

Good night

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

WELCOME HOME PAT!  We've missed you, but have also felt like we were right there in Paris with you thanks to your fabulous posts!  :)

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 11 years ago

Sounds and looks like a wonderful time!

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) over 11 years ago

Pat, thankds agai for includingus on our irthday tour. Welcome home. Sell, sell, sell that sucker.

Posted by Janice Roosevelt, OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker ( Keller Williams Brandywine Valley ) over 11 years ago

Pat, that was such an awesome trip, and we got to go with you! Really, thank you for sharing your trip with us, I had a blast!

Now get back to work and sell that house!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 11 years ago

Nothing like jumping right in to the frying pan!  Good luck with your open house, and thanks for sharing so much of your trip with us.

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Hello Pat-Great wrapup synopsis of your trip. Sounds like a dream vacation. Glad you had such a wonderful time with family and friends.

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) over 11 years ago

Patricia - It sounds like you had a wonderful trip...Thanks for sharing it with us!  :)

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

Fantastic job of bringing us along for a wonderful trip.  Better have some espresso to make it through the open house, jet lag usually hits hard the next day.

Posted by Judy Jennings, Tap into Judy's real estate expertise & resources. (Top Agent Plus) over 11 years ago

Pat, So glad you had such a great time. Welcome back!

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) over 11 years ago

Thanks for taking us along on your vacation. Hope to see you in DC  for the NAR Convention.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 11 years ago


It sounds as though you will have memories that will last a lifetime OR at least until the next trip to Paris.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 11 years ago


I love and hate vacations. So fun, so tiring, glad to be going home but sad to be leaving. All that at once.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Great enjoying your trip with you Pat. Thank you... Glad you are home safe and sound.

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing over 11 years ago

Pat--Welcome home! Thank you for sharing your family trip with us all...sounds like you had a fantastic time!

Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) over 11 years ago

Patricia -- So how did this trip to Paris change you?  I'm sure you'll make a few adjustments to your daily life--travel does that for us.  How about posting on your Paris makeover?

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

Ah, ma cherie, you make me blush! I did have so much fun on your vacation. I'm glad you made it home safely, with a heap of Paris memories to savor.

A bientôt,


Posted by Jan del Monte over 11 years ago

Pat --- what a wonderful vacation --- and spend with family and friends --- what could be better.  Good luck with your open house.

mama Liz Signature

Posted by Liz Loadholt, Realtor--Broker-in-charge - Trainer--Relocation Director Covering SC (Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC) over 11 years ago

Pat - it has been such fun to share your Paris journey. I have heard wonderful things about Le Tastevin. But who can go wrong dining in paris! Hope you recover quickly - hope your open house went well.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Pat, Welcome back! Thanks for shring your trip with us! Hope you sold the home in Georgetown!

Posted by Jen Anderson (Exit By the Bay Realty) over 11 years ago

Hi Pat!

Aww, you had to come back? They wouldn't let you stay forever? Oh well I guess such is life, welcome back, and thank you for sharing your wonderful travels. I have never been to Europe, but someday I shall, and you have given me some great destinations to check out when I get over there. I am glad you had such a wonderful time, and I wish you the best.


Posted by Lisa Udy, Logan Utah Realtor ( Platinum Real Estate Group) over 11 years ago

Welcome Home !  It sounds like such a wonderful trip!

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

Like I said on the phone- I am going to miss your posts with all these amazing photos of Paris. Welcome home. Glad you are safe! Now get back to work:)

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) over 11 years ago


Happy Birthday, name dropper...!!! Thanks,   Fran

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

Pat - Sounds like you had a great time. I'd love to document my trip to Italy this year in the same way, but I know I would get in trouble for bringing a computer.

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


What a lovely trip, and thanks for sure make me want to go back!

Posted by Bill Saunders, Realtor®, (Meyers Realty) over 11 years ago

Welcome home and Happy Birthday. I'm just catching up on some reading. I'm glad you had a fabulous trip.

Posted by Mitchell J Hall, Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn (Compass) over 11 years ago