Landing in Paris is always exciting and my fourth visit was just as wonderful. Since I was there just three years ago, I began to feel as if I knew the city more, places were familiar and I knew where to go. I was flat out exhausted when I arrived from not much sleep the night before, freaking that I couldn’t find my passport. I did find it, of course, but lack of sleep didn’t stop me from traipsing around the city with my cousin, Maxime. We headed to Harry’s Bar and I was introduced to the wonderful cocktail, Harry’s Pick Me Up! It was very tasty, so much so that I had three of them. Wheeee! Maxime and I met up with a new friend, Nicolas, that stayed at my house for one night while he was in DC a few weeks prior. We had a great time at Harry’s and if you haven’t been there, it’s definitely worth a visit to see where Hemingway hung out and where the Bloody Mary is reported to have been concocted… and find your state pennant (I found Ohio State right above the stairway).
Our little trio then piled into Nicolas’ car and headed to an Australian bar, Cafe Oz. There was a wonderful duo performing American tunes. Unfortunately, I’m not remembering their names but she was a fabulous vocalist and he just as fabulous on guitar. At their break, we chatted and they very sweetly invited me to sit in. How cool to belt one out in Paris! I gave them a piece of New Orleans and sang, “You Can Have My Husband (but Don’t Mess with my Man).” A new pal from London joined our little group and the fun kept rollin’. Monday nights are cookin’ in Paris… Sleep at 3 a.m. was so sweet. Maxime and I walked around the city the next day stopping every now and then for much needed mild hangover sustenance. Him, not me! That four cheese pizza was pretty tasty with Camembert, though.
nique on the Seine with a group of his Russian friends. Wine, food, fun and song flowed freely as les bateaux passed us by… Oh, Paris, je t’aime. Midnight turned us in to sleepy pumpkins so we headed back to Maxime’s apartment with his view of La Tour Eiffel. It’s so beautiful when lit up and sparkly.
Have you been to Paris? What’s your favorite place there and why? Have you seen any great music there? Do tell!