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Fun Night Out At Frenchie Wine Bar

I hope you all had a nice weekend and that your week is off to a smashing start. We finally got a little cleansing rain here in Paris yesterday, and today the sun and cool breeze have returned. If this month has been typical of Paris in June, I highly recommend a June vacation to Paris. The crowds are thinner than they will be next month, and the weather has been ideal.

My college roommate and long-time good friend is on her way to me right this minute, having the good sense to flee Texas in summer and be rejuvenated in Paris. We will have a fun week of walking, shopping, and (of course) dining and drinking.

Speaking of dining and drinking, Mark and I recently had a spontaneous and thoroughly enjoyable Friday evening at one of our favorite spots, Frenchie Wine Bar. You may have heard of her older and harder-to-get sister,Frenchie, who is just across the street. Frenchie has been a hot dining spot here for several years. We tried unsuccessfully to get reservations there for months before the Wine Bar opened across the street. The Wine Bar doesn’t take reservations, and once we  experienced its delicious food and lively atmosphere I decided I didn’t care if I never went to Frenchie. Since then we have returned many times, often with visitors from home, and have never been disappointed. The Wine Bar opens at 7:00 PM every night, and we have always gone an hour early in order to be at the front of the line. The place is small and people tend to linger, because the food is served in small plates and people order at a leisurely pace. This last time, however, we didn’t plan ahead and showed up closer to 8:45. We had to wait for an hour but did it inside at the bar, providing me with ample time and material for taking pictures. Enjoy.

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This lobster roll was probably the best thing we ate all night. Divine.

This lobster roll was probably the best thing we ate all night. Divine.

This couple was also waiting and I thought she was so chic. He- not so much.

This couple was also waiting and I thought she was so chic. He- not so much.

Enjoy your day, mes amis.

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Fun Week With Family

We just said “au revoir” to Mark’s brother and his wife after a whirlwind week of food, drink, and laughter. Here is a brief recap.

On Easter Sunday we drove 35 miles south of Paris to the gorgeous Chateau de Fontainebleau.

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The next day we took the train to Reims, where we spent a sunny but breezy day.

We toured the Pommery Champagne House, which was an interesting mix of modern and old.

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love these fun "single serving" bottles sold in bars

love these fun “single serving” bottles sold in bars

After a delicious lunch we visited the Reims Cathedral.

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The next day we explored the Canal Saint-Martin area of Paris.

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That night we ate dinner at Frenchie’s Wine Bar, where we got in line at 6:45 in order to get a table when it opened at 7:00. As always, the small plates and wine were delicious. This little place is worth the early arrival.

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Wednesday we walked around the area surrounding the Eiffel Tower and enjoyed an amazing lunch at Au Bon Acceuil.

white asparagus soup

white asparagus soup

We had never experienced a cabaret show in Paris, so that night we went to Crazy Horse for a bit of adult entertainment. No photos were allowed during the show, but this was the stage before it started.

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Thursday we wandered up Rue Saint Honore, admiring the windows and doing a little shopping. We then strolled the garden of Palais Royale and the Tuileries on our way home.

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Our week ended with a memorable meal at another old favorite, Le Galopin.

This tiny, out-of-the-way place offers a set menu, scrawled and copied on a piece of white paper.

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The seven- course menu is always fresh, inventive, and delightful.

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On the way home we stopped by Sacre Coeur so they could have one last look at Paris.

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At the beginning of the week our guests were shivering in their light coats, and by the end the coats were left at home. Spring appears to have set down her bags at last. Maybe she will stay awhile.IMG_2099

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