Saturday, January 20, 2018

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

a typical January evening...

I did not know there was Poilane bread in our local supermarket.  another reason to love France.

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A typical January evening.  We cannot eat enough Galette des Rois, the Kings Cake with the "feve" inside (small ceramic token).  Each patisserie is different and we love to get a new one each night.  JD has been busy with work, all good, so we stopped by his office to snack and bother him while he was trying to have conference calls.

it's good to be the King(s):

Monday, January 01, 2018

Bonne année 2018! Happy New Year 2018!

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Alex was sick, so he stayed home, but JD, Vincent (who dressed himself) and I went across town to the 19th where our friends have a new restaurant bar, Cafe Bolivar.  We ran into several other friends from Levallois and the old Anjou, what fun.

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Because of course I had 2 cameras...

We had champagne and a delicious meal of fois gras de canard, smoked salmon, beef tenderloin, scallops, brie, and chocolate cake.  And more champagne.  Then there was dancing, confetti canons (paillettes), hats, smoke machines, laser light projectors, and bracelets that light up. Sylvain always knows how to do things just right, tasteful, and not over the top.

Vincent turned to me and said "Mom, this is the best night of my life".



Friday, December 15, 2017

mid-December: preparing for the holidays

Christmas decorations at the cheese store made from wooden cheese containers

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Christmas decoration in town, bread, brussel sprouts, macarons, Vincent soccer, waiting for choir practice, lunch at Au Coin de la Rue, more cooking.

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More decorations, Lincoln, snacks, hail, Vincent's artwork, baking, reading, soccer, Harry Potter clothing at the Mall, rain, artwork, chapped hands (Alex!).

JD in Romania for business
A few pictures.

JD judging cheese
JD was asked to be a cheese judge, how cool.

week before my US trip
Poetry book we bought for Vincent (Maurice Careme, they learn a lot of his poems in school), books, food, Au Coin de la Rue Saturday meal after Romania, Hanukkah, pastries, football, a day in Levallois, reading, champagne (De Gualle's favorite house), and more beautiful Christmas windows.  I think the butcher had the prettiest window.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Marché Noël - Levallois

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Time for the Christmas Market in our town.  It was cold but sunny.  Vincent loved all the rides, the roller coaster, swings, driving cars, slide, carousel, and trampoline jump.  Of course there was also crepes with sugar, and "vin chaud"(mulled wine).  Then a big lunch at our favorite Indian restaurant.

Vincent driving movie




Thursday, December 07, 2017

end of November - day in Paris

Saturday in Paris - museum, lunch, marche
Into Paris on Saturday to the Musee Maillol for a Pop Art Exhibit from New York.  Lunch at Bistrot d'Henri - we ate there once before last year and remembered it was good and a cosy space.  It did not disapoint - escargots, lentils, boeuf bourgignon, tarte tatin, and griottes (sour cherries) in kirsch.

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Then a walk around Saint-Germain including the Apple store and marche.  To a bar to watch the Manchester United game, then a walk across the Seine past the Louvre to take the Metro home!

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Other happenings - leaves, Vincent soccer, the mall, pastries, walking to school, meals, art, Eiffel Tower, Irving Penn photography exhibit at the Grand Palais, Christmas decorations on our street, and it even snowed one night!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Vincent's soccer game (football)

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Sunday November 26, Vincent's football game in Levallois.  He really enjoys it and is pretty good too!  The stadium is a 20 minute walk from our apartment.  It's near the commuter train station and right next to the peripherique (Beltway around Paris).  The construction in the first photos is the new Palais de Justice in the 17th in Paris.

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More November pictures, school, reading, eating, baking, football practice, Vincent lost his 6th tooth (!), a walk in the 17th and delicious Indian for lunch, then a walk home.  More reading and eating.  Vincent loves to read, can you tell?