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Thursday, June 09, 2005

This is not goodbye

No, this is not goodbye. Certainly not au revoir, but more like à bientôt, or see you soon. Today is my last day in Paris, tomorrow I take the eurostar up to London, and after a few days I will be back home to San Francisco. Home, yes, home, I've caught myself saying that a lot lately. I guess that's what spending a few months as a vagabond does for you.

I've spent the last two days really just savoring Paris. The weather is gorgeous and mild. Yesterday, I walked all around the Marais and the lovely Ile Saint-Louis, stopping for a bite of cake at my new favorite find, a little teashop whose very playful name I forgot(!), I'll check the business card and tell you later. Also another stop for a lingering cup of coffee at the cafe Lutèce, which has the best view of all the places on Ile Saint-Louis. Then I sat down for a little rest right by the Seine, just below the bridge Pont de Sully where La Tour d'Argent is, enjoying the panoramic view of the river, the cute Ile Saint-Louis, the Notre Dame and Ile de la Cité, and a secret service guy hanging out on the bridge vigilantly watching over someone important who must have been eating a duck at La Tour d'Argent.

Last night ended with yet another lovely dinner, this time at Le Pré Verre, and with Anakin Skywalker no less! (Well it was someone who looked remarkably like him anyhow.) Dinner details to come, but suffice to say now that I highly recommend the place, for the food, the wine, and the very entertaining chef and staff. Oh, and how could I forget to tell you about the pre-dinner ice cream at Berthillon, from the original shop, of course. Everybody knows that Berthillon ice cream is sold all over the city, but I really don't think that it's a true Berthillon experience unless you get it from the original shop on the cute rue Saint-Louis en l'Ile. In fact, it's not even a true Berthillon experience unless you've tasted their fabulous Caramel flavor.

Well, this is it between Paris and me, at least until the Fall, where I hope to spend another month of two here. A Bientôt!

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