Not what I would have expected - Joseph the Butler flying through the air on a trapeze!
"So, who is Joseph the Butler?"
Without a doubt, that's the first question that people always ask about my blog. It's never, "Why did you start blogging?" or "How do you like living in Paris?" No. It's always something about Joseph. But I understand. He's an intriguing man.
Here are some of the other questions that I was asked when I met up with Finding Noon, Denise from Bolton, PlaneJane and Laura at Café de Flore on Friday afternoon:
Have you ever met Joseph the Butler? No, but I truly hope that I'll have the opportunity to meet him some day.
Is he really a butler? Yes. According to Joseph's profile, he was a private butler for 15 years and currently does short-term work around the globe. If you would like to learn more about the fine art of party planning for 110 people, the correct way to cut cheese or the best way to tackle clutter, please visit his blog, Joseph the Butler recommends...
How old is Joseph? I don't know. Based on the comments that he has made and from what I've read on his blog, I'm guessing that he's probably in his early to mid-forties. In the only photos that I've ever seen of him, where he's flying through the air on a trapeze, he doesn't look a day over 28. Your guess is as good as mine!
Where does he live? Chicago.
Joseph and my relationship dates back to May 4, 2011 when he first commented on my post about a behind-the-scenes tour of Roland Garros. In a fortuitous twist of good fate, Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated included a link to my blog in an article that he had written about the French Open and Joseph, a big tennis fan, clicked on the link. The rest, as the saying goes, is history.
When I contacted Joseph to ask if I could feature him in today's post, he kindly responded to my question about his favorite spots in Paris:
I love the Rodin Museum and its gardens. My favorite hotel is the Bel Ami on rue Benoit in St Germain. I named my Brittany "Benoit" many years ago, RIP. I love the Nikki de St Phalle/Jean Tinguely "Stravinsky Fountain" sculpture. My best meal in Paris was at Les Bouquinistes, a Guy Savoy restaurant but my favorite restaurant would be, as you know, Brasserie de l'Ile St-Louis for the view, the beer and the food. Nearby is also a favorite shop in Paris--Diptyque, the candle and perfume emporium. I love going to the top of monuments but have never been to the top of Notre Dame. I fell asleep once on the lawn in the Place des Vosges and was awakened by children putting flowers on my face.
Joseph's suggestion for today's song is Benjamin Biolay's version of "Padam". As he describes it, I love Benjamin Biolay, and the way he moves on the stage! Moves like Jagger--just like me in all my dreams.
Thanks for being such a great blogger buddy, Joseph! My fingers are crossed that we'll be able to celebrate Roger Federer's win over Andy Murray at Wimbeldon later this afternoon. I know that you'll be watching the men's final in Chicago just as Stéphane and I will be transfixed in front of the television in Paris.