January 20, 2009

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Bonjour Paris!

Bonjour! Paris is wonderful! So happy to be back speaking French, seeing all my friends and visiting my favorite places.
The Ethernet in the apartment was a huge problem. But the cafe across the street has WiFi, so now it’s a snap.
When I arrived Wednesday morning the first thing I did after dropping my bags was to race to Le Flore en Ile for hot chocolate. Always a dream and with the view from the Ile St.Louis across to Notre Dame I couldn’t have wanted more.

My steaming cup of hot chocolate.

The view from the terrace.

From there, I went to my favorite garden store, Vilmorin. It is one of the oldest in France and has a wonderful selection of seeds and products. I spent hours reading the seed packets and dreaming.

After that I was off to lunch. I ran across one of the most surreal stores I have ever seen. The window display is like a car wreck. I couldn’t take my eyes off of it. I had a bottle of water instead of lunch.

Friday, I had the pleasure of spending the day with Carolina. We ran around Paris, tying up the details that can only be addressed in Paris. We choose the flowers and the finishing touches for the stand. Then, since we were in France we did as the French. We had a three hour lunch at Café Bonaparte across from the Eglise St Germain des Pres. C’est normal, en fin bon.

Carolina in the curtain department.