Thursday, December 2, 2010

Dreams as big as the Ritz

I took myself out to the Hemingway Bar at the Ritz. It’s not something I normally do, splurging on a 30-euro champagne cocktail. But I had a pretty good reason. I have a book contract.


For years, it’s something I’ve been working towards and wishing for. Finally, it’s happening. And I always told myself that when it did happen (persistence, my friends!), I’d take myself out to lunch at Union Square Café if I were in New York, or to the Ritz for champagne if I were in Paris.



So, here I am in Paris, there I went to the Ritz. I had a beautiful champagne cocktail, adorned with a flower, accompanied by cucumber water and mixed nuts and olives, served with class and charm, surrounded by Hemingway’s ghost. It was a private and perfect celebration.

34 comments:

  1. Congratulations! This is HUGE. So, what's the book about? Or can you say?

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  2. That's wonderful! Congratulations!!

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  3. Congratulations. Big news indeed. Glad you got to celebrate in Style. I'm with Cali though in wanting to know more.

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  4. Wow! Congratulations! That is amazing. Had no idea you had a book up your sleeve. Please share more when you can! (If you can :)

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  5. Congrats! I'm a hidden reader of the blog, but wanted to say well done, it seems like a nice thing to happen after a wobbly few months for you.

    I look forward to hearing more about it - and you.

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  6. CONGRATULATIONS !
    I will go to a posh hotel here in Buenos Aires and toast to you and your book today !
    ( my first trip to Paris, we had drinks at the Ritz .. a martini that knocked me silly lol)

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  7. Congratulations! That's so exciting. I've stayed at the Castille many times behind the Ritz, and wandered over to the Hemingway Bar on many occasions, it's quite a special place.

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  8. Congratulations Amy!:) What a fitting place for a champagne cocktail! I'll drink to your success at our office Christmas party tonight!:) Good work!:)

    What will your book be about? Your experience in Paris?:)

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  9. I just want to echo the others in congratulating you. What a perfect place to celebrate - two wonderful events.

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  10. Congrats to you!! Wonderful news!

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  11. Lucky girl! I took my mum there last summer when I was there for the month of July. It was certainly a treat. I love the fresh flowers they put in the drinks but Jesus, c'est tres cher!!

    Have you been to Harry's bar yet? Outstanding blood marys...

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  12. P.S. I confess that I kept my cocktail napkin as a souvenir, since orchids just don't last forever. Shhhh.....

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  13. Great idea! Hemingway would be proud. Can't wait to read the book.
    BTW now would be a good time to re-read A Movable Feast.

    Cheers or should I say bottoms up!
    Connie

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  14. Ohhh, a heartfelt congratulations! I visit your blog nearly every day for a little bit of Paris. Perhaps a movie one day... You are on your way- enjoy the journey- mmmmwha!

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  15. Congratulations! Well-deserved toast, I would say. Do tell more about the book!

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  16. Yay! This is such an amazing accomplishment! I hope this makes leaving Paris just a bit easier. Congratulations again!

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  17. Congratulations. I went there with friends last year when I was in Paris. The drinks were so expensive that our dinner consisted of the olives, nuts, and chips but it was such a delight to be there and the drinks were delicious.

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  18. Oooooh! Congratulations! I'm so happy for you...after reading your posts daily, we're quite your fans, and this is so great!!! Please, please please give all kinds of information about your book and keep us posted!!!

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  19. :) Wow, guys, thank you so much! Needless to say, I am quite excited. And, at times overwhelmed and stressed. But so far, so good.

    I guess you could say the book will be God, I Love Paris meets Sweet Freak - a merging of my two blogs; a deeper look at my life in NY & Paris and my obsession with sweets.

    If you can stick with me until spring of 2012, when the book is actually on bookshelves, we can all share une coupe de champagne together! (Though whether it's at the Ritz remains to be seen...)

    Happy girl I am,
    Amy xo

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  20. I'm SO happy for you Amy! Well deserved! Good luck with the book, and if you need any taste testers in Paris, let me know ;)

    Many a fancy cocktail awaits you, not to mention all the sweets that you have yet to savour...

    Congratulations mon amie!
    Kasia

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  21. Spring of 2012? Don’t they have Kinko’s in Paris? Whatever happened to instant gratification?

    Enhorabuena as we say in Spanish (I haven't learned that in French yet so I would just say "congratulations" with my dumpy Clouseau accent).

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  22. you are amazing! congratulations, seriously! and, what a great place to celebrate. XOXO

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  23. That's so far away! I've never been into 'people in paris' books, but have often thought (while reading the blog) that I'd like to see yours. And here it is! Or, here it will be :) Very excited!

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  24. Congratulations to you!
    Thanks fantastic news and I can't wait to read the end result!
    Does this mean you get to stay in Paris longer?

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  25. Congratulations, looks like a fantastic way to celebrate!

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  26. Awesome news! You deserved that swanky cocktail! I can't wait to hear more about this exciting journey.

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  27. Un million de merci! Non, deux million! xo

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  28. Congratulations! That is very exciting! I have enjoyed following your blog so much -- I look forward to your postings every week. Can't wait to see what you have planned for the book.

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  29. Yay!!!! Congrats, my sweet friend. Can't WAIT to read this!

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  30. Yay! I'm looking forward to reading your book. And I'm glad you celebrated with Papa.

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  31. Therrrrrrre it is. A little birdy told me that you had received a contract, and I wanted to stop by to tell you that I don't think a more deserving person could have had this happen to her. I am very proud of you, and I really hope that once it is published you will sign my copy I will buy. I'm also glad to read that it *is* still possible to get a book contract, lol. Thank you for being a representative that dreams do come true. :)

    And thanks, too, for the cool pics of the Hem Bar. That's about as close as I am ever going to get with drinks that are 30€!!! Yikes. I heard it was expensive, but... yikes. Still, it is a *perfect* place to splurge and I think you were absolutely right to do so.

    Good luck with the work in the coming months, chica.

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  32. Congratulations Amy!!!! I shall look for it in 2012!!! HUGS!

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  33. This is a lovely story, it brought a smile to my face!

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