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!
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.
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.
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.
Recouping in France (1 of 4)
Painter and Her Magic (2 of 4)