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2 days to Paris!

Well, here we go again. We are leaving for Paris on Thursday night for a 16 night visit. We will be staying in a Marais apartment (we hope ~ more on that in a little while) with our very good friends and celebrating Den's 50th birthday next Wednesday.

I've got some great restaurant reservations already lined up:

Dinner at La Regalade St Honoure on the 27th
Den's birthday celebration dinner at La Grande Cascade on the 29th
Dinner at Nomiya on October 3rd
Dinner at Spring on October 6th
Lunch at Frenchies on October 8
Dinner at Le Reminet (a big GTG for Our Paris Forum members) on October 8

I also hope to try Breizh Cafe, Les Papilles, Le Baratin, lunch at Musee Jaquemart Andree, tea at l'Institute du Monde Arab as well as revisit some old favourites like Au Vieux Comptoir and Caffe Angela.

We are going to the Jimmy Buffet concert on Friday night at the Olympia, have 2 Meeting the French Tours booked and we are going to Reims for the day on October 1. I'd like to redo the Canal St Martin cruise with our friends walk the Promenade Plantee, revisit Parc Buttes Chaumont as well as explore le Parc Belleville, go to the Montmartre Vendage, see the area around La Defense and even score some honey at the Luxembourg Gardens apiary. Oh, and sit and watch the world go by with a glass of wine or a cafe creme once in a while!

I don't know if we'll get around to all of this but we're going to give it our best shot!

We did receive some upsetting news about our apartment on Friday. My landlord sent me an e-mail telling us that there was renovations being done on our building. There is scaffolding set up and the windows in both bedrooms have been sealed. He has offered us a 30% discount on our rent for the inconvenience and offered to help us relocate if we find we don't want to stay there (although I don't know how he would find anything suitable for us at this late date). I was pretty upset and spent the day on Saturday sending out e-mails trying to find an alternate place, but of course, everything is booked up. Den was able to calm me down a little bit by Saturday night and has persuaded me to just wait and see what the apartment looks like when we get there Friday afternoon. He is convinced it will all be fine and is happy at the prospect of hundreds of extra euros (from the refund) to spend. Since I can't do anything else at this point, I'm trying to have a good attitude and enjoy the anticipation of our trip. I may have a backup with another agency if I need it, but I hope we won't need it.

So in 48 hours, we'll be at Trudeau airport in Montreal waiting anxiously for 9:15 to arrive so we can board and start our 4th (my 5th, after my quickie trip with Danielle in May) trip to Paris, the city we have grown to love and pine after! Stay tuned for my (overly long) reports on our adventures in the City of Lights!

Comments (1)

LisaF:

This sounds like a great trip! I'm also planning my 50th birthday trip for November. It sounds like a wonderful way to jump "over the hill" to me. I look forward to reading all about your adventure.

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