It's already Friday?


This week has passed in a blur. Here are some of the highlights.

Monday: Dinner at the almost-impossible-to-book Frenchie Restaurant as part of the "December Indulgences" intimate gatherings organized by the team at My French Life. If you're not already a member of this active global community of Francophiles, I highly recommend joining. Membership is currently free and they're busy planning lots of exciting events in Paris and Melbourne for 2013. Other "December Indulgences" options included afternoon tea at Le Meurice, lunch at Racines, dinner at L’Ecaille de la Fontaine and cocktails/drinks at Le Singulier. Please click here to visit the website for My French Life.

Tuesday: WICE tour of some of the niche perfume houses in Paris.


Wednesday: Disneyland Paris to celebrate blogger friend Gwannel Sandiego's 30th birthday. The amusement park is a special place any day of the year but even more magical during the holidays. When it started to "snow" on Main Street, the freezing temperatures had me convinced that it was real until Gwan, Sara and I noticed that we were standing in a microclimate of Christmas cheer. Best of all, Gwan received a surprise call from Mickey Mouse wishing her a happy birthday when we visited the welcome office. The only downside was the food. Without exception, everything was awful. I didn't even finish my french fries or barbecue ribs, which is almost unheard of for me. Gwan, who is from New Zealand, may never want to try American food again!

The 20th anniversary laser show was spectacular and well worth the frozen toes!

Thursday: Champagne brunch for Gwannel that turned into a fun all day affair followed by the DIY Craft Party at Hotel Seven (blog post to follow).

Friday: Fallafels at l'As du Fallafel and ice cream at Pozzettos in the Marais.

Now I'm ready to settle down for a long winter's nap ... and dream of Santa Claus and elves with pointy ears.

Comments

  1. I love following you around this way! Your adventures have given me quite lofty goals for my next visit.

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    1. I look forward to hearing about what you have planned for your next visit to Paris!

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  2. oh how you make me regret not having falafels at l'As. I may just have to haul myself over to Old Jerusalem in Old Town to have some (although I'm still not feeling up to it).

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    1. Sorry to hear that you aren't feeling better yet, Joseph! Maybe you better give yourself a couple more days before eating a falafel. Stick with chicken soup. As for the falafels at l'As - they're AMAZING. I could easily eat another one today.

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  3. Again, I suffer from city envy Mary Kay, this time Paris at Christmas. 37 degrees in Melbourne today! It is hard to want to feel warmed by Christmas cheer.

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    1. After spending many Christmases in tropical countries, I've got to agree that I always found it hard to be merry at the beach! Relaxed, yes... Merry, no.

      If you're not already a member, you may want to join "My French Life". I had a great time hearing about "your" city when I had dinner with Judy on Monday evening. I think that there are about 800 "My French Life" members in Melbourne.

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  4. Thanks again for a wonderful trip! Don't worry, your strada, Kate's cookies and Kristen's kale redeemed the reputation of American food!

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    1. Whew! Thank goodness for Kate's cookies and Kristen's kale cuz I know that it wasn't my failed breakfast strata that did the trick!

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  5. Whew what a busy week. I completely agree about DLP. I love all the fantasy stuff. I like being a kid again sometimes, but the food is awful, Actually I found the food in the US is much better, maybe a case of the French trying to ape American food and failing badly, just like when you get "French" food in other countries it is not the same.

    The bit about the snow in your post reminds me about the time we went to Disneland in Florida and at Typhoon Lagoon we were urgently advised over a loudspeaker to evacuate the beach as there was a (real) tropical storm approaching. As we stood for shelter under the roof of the gift shop and watched a spectacular show of forked lightening dancing on the ground my then husband remarked " really good , these special effects aren't they?" He was so into the Disney fantasy world, he really though the storm had been put on for the benefit of the punters!....mind you , this man believed in Father Christmas till he was 15!!!LOL!

    Love Denise

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    1. That's so funny that your husband thought that the tropical storm was Disney "magic"! That's exactly what happened to us, especially because a few flakes of real snow had fallen on our heads in another part of the park a couple of minutes before. When it started coming down on Main St, we were convinced that it was real and got all excited!

      I think that the problem with making American food in France is that it's hard to find the same ingredients. At least that's the excuse that I used to explain why a dish (Breakfast Strata) that I've made many times in the USA was rather flavorless when I made it for Gwan's brunch.

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  6. What a busy and fun week MK!
    I live in Florida and I've only been twice to Disneyworld, the weather was lousy too. I guess we had our more than good share when we lived in L.A. and took the kids to Disneyland quite often.
    It is a magical place but I agree that the food is not the best.
    We are going sometime next year with little niece and nephe and I can't wait to see their little faces seeing all the princesses and characters of their favorite movies in person. It will be priceless!

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    1. Even though we had a great time at Disneyland last week, I really like going with small children. As you said, it's priceless to watch the expressions on their faces. I'll never forget the way that my daughter looked when she met Cinderella for the first time.

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  7. Your photos make it look like the happiest place on earth, with a touch of magic!!!

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    1. There was definitely a good dose of magic in the air on Wednesday and Mickey's call to Gwan was the icing on the cake!

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  8. Gosh, I'm tired from just reading about your week. Enjoy your (much earned) winter sleep!

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    1. Thanks! I slept like a log on Friday and am ready for whatever this week brings!

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