Niece Elise in Paris!

The inspiration for one of my all-time favorite Paris movies, Ratatouille, is the renowned restaurant La Tour d’Argent. 
This link shows a video by France 24 which goes behind the scenes at the famous restaurant.  So lovely!

The inspiration for one of my all-time favorite Paris movies, Ratatouille, is the renowned restaurant La Tour d’Argent. 

This link shows a video by France 24 which goes behind the scenes at the famous restaurant.  So lovely!

My friend Will shared this great short film with me.  I love it!  He drives right past my hostel on Rue Caulaincourt.  So many memories!

Salut Again!

So…  I am back in the good ole US of A, sans beautiful architecture and heavenly bread and cheap wine. 

I miss Paris so much!  I can’t believe it was my life for a whole semester and now it’s so distant.  Reading articles about new Parisian cafés or museum exhibits, it pains me to think that just a few months ago I could’ve hopped on the metro to go explore them, and now I’m a thousand-dollar plane ride away and I don’t know when I’ll be back to France. 

Anyway, to get my Paris fix I’ve been following this lovely blog called Prête-Moi Paris.  The author is an American in Paris and I just love her posts.  Excursions to cafés for champagne and macarons, sneaking into beautiful little courtyards and alleyways, fashion shows, cultural fêtes…  Basically exactly what I wish I was doing in Paris, compressed into a charming and well-written site with occasional posts in French (so really when I read this blog for hours I can just say I’m keeping up with my language skills)

The morning of my flight home, I woke up early and snuck over to the pastry shop around the corner for a pain aux raisins, a chocolate religieuse, a pain au chocolat, and a tarte aux fraises.  We all sat and ate a bit of everything and then we said goodbye.  Lachie helped me and carried my bag to the taxi stand.  Even though I’ve been home a few days now, it hasn’t hit me.  The best part of leaving Paris was knowing that I’ll be back at some point.  So, goodbye for now!

The morning of my flight home, I woke up early and snuck over to the pastry shop around the corner for a pain aux raisins, a chocolate religieuse, a pain au chocolat, and a tarte aux fraises.  We all sat and ate a bit of everything and then we said goodbye.  Lachie helped me and carried my bag to the taxi stand.  Even though I’ve been home a few days now, it hasn’t hit me.  The best part of leaving Paris was knowing that I’ll be back at some point.  So, goodbye for now!

My last night in Paris was completely decadent and exactly what I wanted!  Nikola and Jaffa and I went to a café in the Marais for lunch and had mojitos, champagne, and shared tiramisu, chocolate soufflé, and fromage blanc avec coulis.  So lovely!  And then we met up with Lachie and Lena for dinner at Les Philosophes.  We sat outside under the awning and watched people walk by in the summer rainstorm and drank great wine and ate my “last supper”.  I can’t believe how lucky I’ve been to spend my time in this city, to have met the most amazing people, and to have such wonderful memories.

My last night in Paris was completely decadent and exactly what I wanted!  Nikola and Jaffa and I went to a café in the Marais for lunch and had mojitos, champagne, and shared tiramisu, chocolate soufflé, and fromage blanc avec coulis.  So lovely!  And then we met up with Lachie and Lena for dinner at Les Philosophes.  We sat outside under the awning and watched people walk by in the summer rainstorm and drank great wine and ate my “last supper”.  I can’t believe how lucky I’ve been to spend my time in this city, to have met the most amazing people, and to have such wonderful memories.

Last night out in Paris, with my friend Lena from Georgetown who’s doing a summer program in Paris.  It was funny to cross paths on my last weekend and her first!

Last night out in Paris, with my friend Lena from Georgetown who’s doing a summer program in Paris.  It was funny to cross paths on my last weekend and her first!

An antique market in front of St. Sulpice

An antique market in front of St. Sulpice

A strawberry pastry in Luxembourg Garden :) 

A visit to the Galeries Lafayette - the famous French department store opened in 1893.

A visit to the Galeries Lafayette - the famous French department store opened in 1893.

I went to see an exhibition at the Centre Pompidou called “Paris Delhi Bombay” about the intersection of French and Indian culture.  I learned so much about the social situation in India today.  There were a lot of pieces in the exhibition that focused on the rights of transgendered women - they usually work as prostitutes but have no protection against rape and violence.

Visually, my favorite piece was one in which the artist evoked the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles, but instead all the mirrors were cracked and decorated with black bindis in a pattern.  Very cool. 

The European Photography Museum.  The photographs were really interesting - the ones displayed were mostly a guy called Patrick Tosani.  I really liked the set he did of Palestinian children photographed with their clothes around their heads like flower petals.   

I stumbled across this restaurant with Regina one night - it’s tucked behind Notre Dame on Ile de la Cité.  We heard music coming from the inner courtyard, and there turned out to be a classical music performance going on.  So beautiful!  That’s what I love most about Paris - everything you discover accidentally.

I stumbled across this restaurant with Regina one night - it’s tucked behind Notre Dame on Ile de la Cité.  We heard music coming from the inner courtyard, and there turned out to be a classical music performance going on.  So beautiful!  That’s what I love most about Paris - everything you discover accidentally.

Being touristy in the garden behind Notre Dame, and visiting St. Chapelle - gorgeous stained glass!  I’m so glad I made it to St. Chapelle.  It’s really beautiful, and it’s a lot smaller than so many European churches I’ve seen so it felt very peaceful and special.

I was so lucky that Nikola and Lachie let me stay with them for my last week in Paris.  It was so nice to be with friends in a beautiful apartment and just eat good food and wander their area and relax!  Nikola’s friend Jaffa from high school was also staying with them, so we had a good group.  My favorite part about living with people, aside of course from the great company, was cooking!  We made this delicious salad with red pepper, avocado, chickpeas, hardboiled eggs, and chevre melted on toast (Nikola’s genius idea). 

I was so lucky that Nikola and Lachie let me stay with them for my last week in Paris.  It was so nice to be with friends in a beautiful apartment and just eat good food and wander their area and relax!  Nikola’s friend Jaffa from high school was also staying with them, so we had a good group.  My favorite part about living with people, aside of course from the great company, was cooking!  We made this delicious salad with red pepper, avocado, chickpeas, hardboiled eggs, and chevre melted on toast (Nikola’s genius idea).