The blog is a bit late this morning as we greeted Pierre and Laurie at their hotel early to say a final Au Revoir. They were headed to Le Gare de Lyon. It’s been fun to say to the receptionist, “The Verdiers are here to see the Verdiers.” We’ve had a quick but lovely visit as always.
Yesterday’s “programme” hit an early snag. Laurie very much wanted to see the exhibit at the Louvre on Portugal, but she did not realize that ALL tickets for EVERYTHING in Paris, post COVID, have to be pre-booked. The concierge tried but said that all entry tickets to the Louvre were sold out for the day. So, we shifted gears and got tickets to the Boldini exhibit at the Petite Palais. It was unexpectedly fabulous! Selecting just a few photos of his very prolific body of work was difficult. He was definitely an influencer in the world of art and fashion. His works deal with Paris, landscape scenes, and exquisite portraits, mostly of the women of high society. They are so detailed that many appear to be actual photographs rather than hand-stroked paintings. Sorry if this is not your thing, but we try to offer something for everyone.
I had made lunch reservations for us at Le Grand Véfour, one of the classic, centuries-old, starred restaurants in Paris at the back of the Palais Royale. We’ve walked by it dozens of times but knew we couldn’t afford the prices. Last year, they opened up a terrace with a set-price lunch menu for 49 euros per person. We enjoyed the atmosphere, the small wedding party in attendance (could never get any photos discreetly) and the food, but most especially the elegant dessert. I think Jim Bilbro would have even approved.
Not to be outdone by lunch, we enjoyed the evening at Au Bourguignon du Marais in its expanded format. The adjacent restaurant did not make it through COVID and was bought and tastefully incorporated. The food here never disappoints.
Saying good-bye to them was hard because we never know if we’ll see them again. Cherished memories!!
Today is wash day and grocery shopping. Bernie waked up under the weather but has tested negative for COVID so that’s a relief. Onward and upward with a few days to rest and to catch our breaths.
L & B