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Well, OK, the title is a bit of a misnomer. I AM live from Paris, sitting in my bed in the flat on Rue Madame just a block or so away from Luxembourg Gardens and St. Sulpice... but not for long. Shortly I will force myself to get up, shower, finish packing, and wait for the taxi to whisk me off to CDG and home.

Packing is staged, the only thing I'm worried about is where to put the Roger Vivier chaussures (and box, must keep that pretty box!). I am lucky I remembered to pack a flat duffel this time, I will need it. Too bad about all the pretty bags and bows, I suspect even when flattened they aren't going to fit and so will be left behind. Most stores bundled my purchases with a flourish, even more than usual (probably due to Xmas).

Some highlights:

What a week this was! A huge hat tip to Judy, who assembled so many pieces of this trip. She and her DH should be honorary citizens of Paris, they spend so much time here (multiple long trips each year).

We ate so well this trip (perhaps too well - I am wearing a dress and tights home so I won't know the extent of the damage unti I try to put on a pair of trousers) and there was not a bad meal in the bunch. My contribution to the meals was, "Hey, I have never been to Frenchie's, want to see if we can get in?" Many phone calls later first by Judy then me and I finally had the bright idea of asking our hosts (Paris Vacation Apartments) if they could call and they were finally successful.

Other meals included Philou, Septime, Verjus, Les Papilles, Les Crayeres (Reims), Fish, Les Editeurs (fantastic onion soup), Jacques Genin (OK, that was chocoat chaud, but it's like a meal) and Willi's Wine Bar which has recently expanded - the addition is larger than the original space so it is more than double the size now. I have to say, for as hard as Frenchie's was to get in, I would not put it at the top of the list. It was quite good, make no mistake, and with a seasonal menu I would certainly be happy to give it a try during a different season... but I liked Septime and Verjus even better and Philou as well.

We saw a ballet under the Marc Chagall ceiling (and later saw Marc Chagall stained glass windows in Reims), we saw the Van Cleef and Arpels exhibit at the Musee des Arts Decoratif, we saw the Edward Hopper exhibit at the Grand Palais (madness - not quite as bad as the Monet exhibit there a few years ago, but madness just the same). I went solo to see Paris vu par Hollywood which was interesting but I wouldn't stand in line for it. That is the current exhibit at the Hotel de Ville.

A fair bit of wandering, even with the cold and sometimes rain. It hovered close to 40 most of the week which isn't bad at all, although adding rain to it a few times made this a heavy-cabbing trip. We must have been in a cab no less than 2x per day, maybe more.

Here is the start of my photos, I will be adding a lot more as the days go by. A few of you who know me have seen daily photos on facebook and those will eventually come over to flickr.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/skywalkerbeth/sets/72157632173818460/

I will come back and fill in some details later this week. Enjoy the photos - it will take me a while to get them all posted.

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