Our dinner mates at the Chez Janou, and our new French friends. They made our last evening in Paris a trip highlight!

Our dinner mates at the Chez Janou, and our new French friends, with Ellen at right. They made our last evening in Paris a trip highlight!

We have to say goodbye (au revoir) to France, in this my 4th in a series of four blog posts over the last four weeks. The first post dealt with French food. The second focused on my wife Ellen’s incredible art — her painting of the Chambord Chateau. The third was about an unforgettable trip to Normandy, something that caught my attention in a completely unexpected way. I don’t know why. 

This fourth post is about new friends we met along the way–and again about French food. Down home in a way. Basic. Fresh. Wonderful. Pronounced in ways that have been foreign to my ears, but less so after this trip.

Briefly, here was our last full day in France, in the Marais section of Paris, the real Paris without pretension, without hype, without glitz, where the real people of Paris live and love. The heart of Paris.

We love the French and their sublime food. We love the kind, helpful, friendly French people–new friends we met who we hope will visit us in Austin. (Pascal and Celine, this means you, too!)

Examples of where we enjoyed French food today follow, very briefly!

Paul's Boulangerie where we had an incredible breakfast of a brioche, almond croissant, and an apple turnover that would make Johnny Appleseed salivate.
Paul’s Boulangerie where we had an incredible
breakfast of French pastries. And of course,
French coffee.

After a 10-minute walk to the Bastille, site of the eruption of the French Revolution, and countless photos of memorable scenes in the area, we worked up an appetite for lunch at one of Woody Allen’s favorite restaurants in Paris.

Bofinger Brasserie, where we met a lovely London attorney and her adult son on the way to a Saturday wedding in Burgundy. Her law firm has an office in Austin, Texas, our home.

Bofinger Brasserie, where we met a lovely London attorney and her adult son on the way to a Saturday wedding in Burgundy. Her law firm has an office in Austin, Texas, our home.

Afternoon provided a time to walk off lunch on the way to the Pompidou Center, which is near Notre Dame. Photos of beautiful things and beautiful people brought us to dinner near our hotel. The brilliant young lady at the front desk recommended it, as well as our breakfast and lunch stops. That’s why I think she’s brilliant! But here is where we had our last dinner in Paris before our departure to Texas.

Chez Janou Bistro in the Marais section of Paris, where we met a lovely couple about the age of my children.

Chez Janou Bistro in the Marais section of Paris.

At dinner we met the most amazing young couple. They are close to the ages of my own children. They were open, friendly, interesting, and interested–all of which helped make this final dinner of our trip so pleasant and memorable. 

French food. French friends. Examples of the joy of life . . . of joie de vivre.

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Related posts:

Recouping in France (1 of 4)

Painter and Her Magic (2 of 4)

Normandy Musings–Unexpected and Long to Linger (3 of 4)

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