Company’s a Comin’ for the Birthday Bash

Bonjour mes amis,

I realize that there will be far too many photos to have a one week-long summary blog so here’s a few photos to whet your appetite. The last set of cousins from Alsace, Pierre and Laurie Verdier, arrive today by train.

Like many who visit, Bernie’s brothers, Bill and Steve, are having some difficulty with all the walking and all the steps. Thus far, I haven’t been able to grab Bill for any photos but we’ll do better. I’ll caption our activities over the past few days. One significant event day before yesterday was a sleet storm in Paris with a prediction of very cold weather.

The two best light photos were these, the first taken by Bernie in front of La Pavillon de la Reine where the cousins are staying and the second by Steve in the Chatelet subway station.

It has been cold and bothersome with hats, coats, gloves, scarves…a really tough life. Here’s a recap of the past few days.

Craziest coat I’ve ever seen

Brasserie Printemps for lunch

Inside Printemps

Steve along the river

Check out the shirt closely, a marketing statement for Louis Vitton, oui?

Diane is waiting for her sales clerk inside Louis Vitton

Sephora store Christmas decorations along the Champs

Lunch again at the Renault dealership. These are salt and pepper shakers shaped like gears.

The napkin rings are shaped like lug nuts

Diane’s lunch

My lunch which was delicious

Curt all in orange

Inside the Hotel Crillon where Curt and Diane have stayed years ago. They wanted to see the renovations.

My 12 euro cappuccino

Steve and Bill in the apartment

Walking down rue de Rivoli to dinner at Benoit in front of the BHV, our large department store in the Marais.

Finally, my kind of Christmas store-front windows

These two crazy goons are attached at the neck. Curt forgot his scarf so Bernie decided to share.

Standing outside Benoit freezing!

Beautiful signature china

Diane will kill me for posting this but just couldn’t resist. The puffy rolls you see were the only really good thing of the night.

Bernie’s dinner

Out of order, a photo from Les Galleries Lafayette. This is not the BIG Christmas tree yet.

Just a word about Benoit, a 1-star Michelin restaurant…disappointing. Save your money and eat somewhere else!

We’re off to the races today. Hope you’re enjoying the birthday week.

L & B