Well, we really are back. Almost three weeks now, and still everyday, I miss our carefree lives overseas. I’ve been reluctant to post again, not wanting to break the spell of our magical month away. Keep it sacred. And yet, here we are in the City, back to reality. More on that later.
Our last two days in Paris we didn’t write about. Probably because we were too conflicted about our departure.
Paris was beautiful. Just as it was when we arrived, but hotter at the change of July to August. We cabbed it to Appartement Blanc on a Sunday, dropped our things, and went out in search of fun. We found it in the Tuileries, at the trampolines. Ten individual trampolines. Two Euro for five minutes of jumping. I would have paid more. The kids loved it. Brilliant, brilliant idea. I may quit my job and bring it to New York.
Next stop, the amusement park in the Tuileries, where the kids honed their bumper car skills, among other thing. And then home, for dinner out on the square.
The next day, we woke up early(ish) and headed to our local cafe for pain au chocolat, fresh squeezed o.j., cafe creme and espresso. Our last day! Melisa and I wanted to take the kids to the pyramid at the Louvre. And we wanted to walk.
This plan was met with some resistance from the train fetishist, but walk we did, through the Right Bank, and to the Louvre.
On the way discovering some gorgeous streets, shops, passages, like this one:
Here’s the obligatory picture of the kids in front of another monument.
There was down time.
Time for everyone to get in something they need.
Including our budding photographer Magnolia (or was this Jasper?).
Time for more monuments. Here’s one of my favorites: Notre Dame.
And the resolution of the gelato v. glace smackdown: we declare a tie.
We had a great day!
And then we were off the next morning, too early, too soon. We had just arrived; how could we be going home?
I took some comfort last week in the words of someone new I met. Try to make a little of every day a vacation. Why wait for those precious weeks every year?
Sunday: Great day on the beach! Chasing it with our version of Diana Kennedy’s Shrimp in Adobo sauce, with rice, avocado, and scallions.
Monday: Pasta with fresh tomatoes, garlic, basil and parmesan, side salad with CSA lettuce
Tuesday: Skirt Steak marinated and grilled with summer squash
Wednesday: Date night for Melisa and I! The kids will have burgers on the grill.
Thursday: Chicken Fajitas with grilled onions, mushrooms, fresh salsa and guacamole
Friday: Grilled whole fish stuffed with scallions and herbs and tomato/cucumber salad
Saturday: Might be time again for pizza on the grill! Melisa and I are partial to a white pizza and the kids like margaritas
May your week be filled with starry nights, sunny days, and melon and olives!