Paris in the Rain…No Complaints
Bonjour mes amis,
Finally…a day of rain in Paris. Typically, I would whine about it, but not this year. The high yesterday was 73, today only 71. So bring on fall!
We actually stayed in the apartment all day until about 4:30. We went over to the St. Paul area thinking that our beloved Bouquet St. Paul would be open after renovation. The manager’s wife had told us Mercredi or Wednesday. We were ready to sit outside for an aperitif.
Turns out they were not open yet so we sat across the street until time to go to dinner with our friend Hannah Swartz. I’ve mentioned before that she just moved to Paris from Utah after having come to Paris 3-4 times per year for many years. She’s adjusting and still does not have her “stuff” which was shipped yesterday. We do so hope it all arrives in a couple of weeks. She is taking French lessons three times per week, bless her, and likely will be switching to private lessons soon. We have invited her over to see our apartment tomorrow and then lunch together somewhere in the area.
Even though she knows Paris quite well, she had never heard of Le Coupe-Chou on the Left Bank. We had a fantastic time and she was absolutely taken in by the charm of this ancient spot dating back to the Middle Ages. It’s a Paris treasure!! Put it on your list. We listened all evening to Vivaldi and Beethoven. It’s my kind of place!
We enjoy all our company and delight in their presence. We also enjoy a few slow, easy days to relax. Just two weeks remaining!
Today, we’ll take the long subway ride up to La Defense and enjoy the huge shopping mall since it’s all inside. More rain in the forecast.
L & B
September 8, 2022 @ 8:14 am
Isn’t the coup chou a fun restaurant.? You definitely get the feeling of old Paris. Kudos to Hannah for studying French with such dedication.
September 8, 2022 @ 2:58 pm
How’s your weather in Italy? Hope it’s not too hot!
September 8, 2022 @ 10:26 am
Look at you almost singing in the rain! Your restaurant sounds lovely, a quiet elegance with delightful selections. I love how you and Bernie continue to add to your collection of Paris friends.
September 8, 2022 @ 2:58 pm
Cindi, you are one of the frequent commenters and it means so much to me.
Monica & Marlyn
September 8, 2022 @ 10:51 am
Notice that you’ve been doing a lot of vegetarian dining, Linda! The Portobello looked delicious. Glad you finally got some rain.
September 8, 2022 @ 2:57 pm
Yes, still having some digestive issues. Switching to smoothies for a while.
September 8, 2022 @ 1:29 pm
Beautiful, cooling rain!
Only two more weeks? I know you two will make the most of it!
I will miss your posts so much!
September 8, 2022 @ 2:09 pm
What a delightful restaurant! Enjoy the cool. It’s un peu better here.
September 8, 2022 @ 2:13 pm
I’ve noticed that you seem to be getting more comments. Could it be because you have only a couple weeks left on your trip and we’re beginning to wonder what we’ll do every morning if we don’t hear from L&B. I hear Paris is beautiful at Christmas. Tks
September 8, 2022 @ 2:56 pm
Very sweet of you, Pat!
September 8, 2022 @ 7:22 pm
love the pic with the tower! glad it’s cooler with some rain to wash things off. we had a good labor day weekend with Andrew. look forward to seeing you all soon.
September 9, 2022 @ 3:44 am
Glad you enjoyed having Andrew home. How did the dogs react? Avery sent her beautiful photos of her performance. Always enjoy interaction with both of them. Andrew texted me last evening that Queen Elizabeth had died. Of course, we were already glued to the television, but I was glad that he was aware. I am sad at losing her presence in our world as she was such a force of history. If you haven’t watched “The Crown,” you might enjoy it.
September 8, 2022 @ 10:06 pm
That looks like a lovely restaurant. I’ve added it to my list for the next time I am in Paris. How wonderful you have made friends in Paris over the years there. That isn’t easy to do. The French are very careful about friendships and inviting “outsiders” to their home – this you already know. I had never heard that a restaurant could be offended if you asked for the Plat Du Jour. I guess they feel it demeans the quality of what they offer, if you think they offer a Plat. One more cultural fact to file in one’s folder of “don’t insult the French by doing this” haha
Keep enjoying your days there – I love reading your adventures
September 9, 2022 @ 3:40 am
We have only two weeks left! But two more soirées in friends’ homes before we go. Yes, those are very special!
September 9, 2022 @ 2:25 pm
I love your photos of the restaurant. It looks so peaceful. I shall miss your posts – both the lovely photos and especially your thoughts and descriptions. Thank you for sharing this with us all.
September 12, 2022 @ 3:35 am
Bouquet St Paul – green?! I’m glad you said something b/c I was thinking it definitely wasn’t mint green before!! Black, right?? Hannah is precious; and good for her! I believe you dined at that restaurant last year, yes? I’ve not been there. Hummus on toast for the amuse-bouche…mmmmm! Can’t turn down free!! (Not you; nor I) Goodness ALL the food looked wonderful! Thank goodness for all the walking as it allows for plentiful eating!! Mom, you look young and care-free in these photos…glad you’re rested up. And your outfit is adorable; quite different for you but so fun! Miss y’all!!