Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Girls, girls, girls!

If you ever have the chance to spend a long weekend in Paris with your best friends, I highly recommend it.

It started Thursday evening when I was biking home from work, and what did I see? These lovelies, sitting outside for dinner.

A beautiful sight, indeed.

The rest of the weekend was brilliant. Friday was May Day, a national holiday here in France. Unfortunately that meant most boutiques, museums and even some cafes and restaurants were closed. But the weather was on our side so it was still a great day.

Heading over to Saint Germain, the girls looked very SATC.

Our café at lunch was a bit of a miss, but the window shopping guided us past Pierre Hermé (Mer is now another macaron acolyte) to the glorious Luxembourg Gardens.

After a late-day stop for coffee inside the Palais Royal, we journeyed home for champagne and dinner in the neighborhood. (Ah yes, how nice it is to be able to try some of these cute little places in my neighborhood.)

Saturday was the centerpiece of the trip: the Marais, Place de Vosges, the Jeu de Paum. It was another beautiful day. There was more laughter, reminiscing, laughter, confiding, consoling, laughter, reflecting, oohing and ahhing, acting like teenagers again, satisfied sighs, laughter, laughter, happiness.

We ate well, too. We got sublime chocolates at the gorgeous Jacques Genin and, after a twilight boat ride on the Seine, we had another meal in the neighborhood at Nero.

But the highlight of the day was a long, leisurely lunch at Café Janou. From the bread and olive oil to the wine and coffee to everyone’s entrees, this place was perfect, right down to the sweet waitress and cozy, colorful interior.

Mer had to leave Sunday morning, but Julie, Elisa, AJ and I strolled through the Tuleries Gardens to the L’Orangerie museum. We were all so happy to finish the weekend with incredible art, classic and contemporary. It was perfect.

But luckily, the weekend wasn’t entirely over for me. AJ stayed on for a couple more days, drawing out the fun and comfort of having great friends in Paris. But that’s a whole other chapter…

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