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taking a break

Last night, my Toronto friends Jessica and Geoffrey came over; they’re in Paris on their way home after a stay in the south of France. I did some research on-line to find the right place nearby for dinner, because though I’ve stayed here 3 times, I’ve almost never eaten out. Here at the flat, we popped open a bottle of cremeux – the French version of prosecco – to toast our journeys and many years of friendship – for Jessica and me, 45 – and also Geoffrey’s recent big arts award. They showed pictures of their sons whom I’ve known since babyhood, now men with beards, all dressed up for the event in Ottawa. We talked about my grandbaby. Definitely, a new phase for us all.

Dinner at Au Petit Marguery was extremely good, a bit more expensive than we expected, but it was worth it for a true French meal – “Not a single tourist, except us,” said Geoffrey in satisfaction, looking around the warm, crowded room that smelled like a gastronome’s version of heaven. “And we’re not really tourists.” I had scallops in a leek and wine sauce, and if I had to ask for a last meal, this would be one possibility. Finally they went off into the night, and I walked – home.
Today, my friends, I am going to take stock. It’s sunny but cold; ah, it’s Wednesday, the market on the rue Monge is today, off I go for fruit and veg. I need to take a few days for myself, without you. I love to write here, love sharing with my invisible companions the adventures of the day. As I walk and look and experience, I’m chronicling it all, in my mind and in scribbled notes, for you. But today and tomorrow, it’s time to experience just for myself. To withdraw.
Back soon, with pictures and tales of Paris. Thank you for coming along.
P.S. Maybe – impossible as it is to imagine – you need a break from me, too.
PPS. Usually, according to Google Analytics, about 450 people read my blog, logging in about three times a month. But right now, there are over 600 of you. Don’t go away!

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4 Responses to “taking a break”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Enjoy very much reading about your travels. Would like to know if you speak French? Do you have much interaction (conversation) with the natives during your stay in Paris? And overall, how do you find the Parisians….aloof? Friendly? Hospitable?

  2. beth says:

    Hi, reader. Yes, I am lucky enough to speak fluent French, having lived and gone to school here for a year in my teens. It helps a lot. I have found most Parisians to be friendly, contrary to popular opinion – people have even volunteered help if I look lost. Citizens here are heartily sick of tourists, which is understandable as there are so many, and so many of them make no effort at all to speak French. But those who make an effort, and who try to understand how the French live their lives – the rewards are enormous.
    If you're new to the blog, I have been coming to Europe around the same time of year since 2009, so there are past blogs about my travel experiences too. if you have nothing better to do.
    all the best and thanks for reading, Beth

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