Tennessee Trio of Terror - Part 2: Paris

Apr 11th, 2005, 07:01 PM
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Sharon, you're a hoot! Can't wait for the next part.Thanx for the giggles!
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Apr 12th, 2005, 05:10 AM
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Day 2 in Paris in which we celebrate St. Patrick's Day and the first sighting of "Le Clip"

We woke up early this morning and went for breakfast at a little place down the street from our hotel called Le Petit Cardinal. By now, Saundra and I are prepared for battle so we snark down enormous cheese omelettes and fresh squeezed orange juice while Amy has a baguette with butter and jam and some croissants. The total (with coffee for all) is 24.50 euro. Now let me digress here for a moment. Amy insisted that we could eat cheaper at a local café than at our hotel but this is a plot. She knew we couldn't control ourselves and would start carbo loading so she could have us in a soporific state for the rest of the day. And it worked! This café is very nice and we end up going there just about everyday.

Turns out I've caught some kind of cold and am sick as a chien. Went to our local Pharmacy where I soon become a regular. They were wonderful as I explained in my pathetic French that "I have a throat that is sick and the head, she hurts too, and I cough". David Sedaris has nothing over me. Luckily, they speak English and I am soon supplied with a wonderful cough medicine (with a codeine derivative! By the end of the trip I feel like Edgar Allen Poe), some cold pills with chlorhydrate (isn't that knock out drops) and some throat lozenges with honey (meil? I never could pronounce it).

Despite my illness, there is no mercy in Amy. She did give us a St. Patrick's Day card but I know a Judas kiss when I see one. We went to the Cluny with about a thousand French school children and then walked around the Left Bank where I bought a couple of Herve Chapelier bags. I am addicted to these things and I needed something in which to carry all my drugs. By this time, I'm also addicted to the cough medicine and am feeling no pain.

We then walked to the Musee d'Orsay but Amy wouldn't let us go in because it was open late that night so we trudge on over to La Samaritane (now Iím sure I didn't spell that right). This is a warm lovely day in Paris and the store's air conditioning is broken and all the staff are sitting around limp and complaining about the heat. We go to the rooftop terrace and eat the world's most expensive lunch: two artichoke and salmon quiche, one ham sandwich, two petite croissants, one wine and one water. All for the mere pittance of 41.40 euro! But the view is wonderful.

I pop some more drugs and wander down to the first floor looking for something to pin up my hair. It is so hot in Paris (in the 70's) that I can't stand my hair hanging around my neck. And so we come to "Le Clip". A lovely little confection by Alexandre de Paris that ends up costing me 64 euros!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can only blame it on the drugs and something Amy put in my water on the terrace. Hey, if it's good enough for Princess Grace (old Alex used to do her hair), it's good enough for me. For the rest of the trip we no longer cost things out in euros but by how many "le clips" something will cost. "Oh, that will cost 2 le clips for all of us." I think the woman was so shocked that I actually bought it that she threw in another barrette for free. I guess I'll have to be buried in it now.

By this time Iím exhausted so we head back to the hotel where I crash. Amy and Saundra end up going to the museum and Amy lets her use the Metro!!! Saundra had put her little Fred Flintstones down and refused to walk (I told Amy we should have brought the choke collar).

Total mileage for the day: 8.5 miles
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Apr 12th, 2005, 05:28 AM
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Absolutely terrific! A friend of mine is leaving on a girls' trip today, so I copied your first report a couple days ago for her. She's taking it on the plane to read. I'm sure it will be read by all by the time they land.

Love your term "Trip Nazi" - oh boy, can I relate to that. Your writing, along with that of your companions, brings your trip to life.

Have y'all gone on a trip together before?



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Apr 12th, 2005, 05:37 AM
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jv287- I have lost track of the names Sharon and my mother Saundra called me. They said it was a sign of affection, but I haven't heard anyone else lovingly referred to as commandant, la diable, or Blanche from Whatever happened to Baby Jane!

Kopp- This was our first trip together, but we are going to Atlanta this weekend, Chicago in September (hitting American Girl Place for Sharon and my niece), and Canada next year before we hit Europe again in 2 years...we have to save up our le clips and vacation time for another immersion!

So I ask you...how bad can I be when these people are traveling with me again?!?
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Apr 12th, 2005, 06:51 AM
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this report is priceless. if you ever go to a fodor's get together, please advise .
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Apr 12th, 2005, 07:45 AM
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Amy,
If it makes you feel better, I just did a trip plan yesterday for a group of four adults and 8 teens. I am wondering if they will kill me.

They only have three days in London and two in Paris so it is the "Battan Death March" I am seriously considering letting them out of the Louvre tour just to allow them to see more of Paris, but.... I can't imagine taking these kids to Europe and not having them set foot in either the Louvre or the Orsay????? What will I do????
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Apr 12th, 2005, 08:03 AM
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I'd like to meet Sharon too. akm, You know it was all said with love and for us: 0 You lucky diable!!
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Apr 12th, 2005, 08:33 AM
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CarolA,

Even with my Nazi rep, I have to admit I have now been to Paris twice without stepping foot in the Louvre. My first trip was as a high school graduation trip (me and my best friend at 18), and we just enjoyed walking the streets and finding out what was new at the McD's!

Mom and I went to the Orsay (Sharon was at the hotel sick) on its late opening evening. If that is an option for the days you are there, I recommend it. It seems to be a more manageable museum and we loved the impressionists and the Art Neaveau (sp) rooms. Going in the evening leaves more time for forced marching during the day!

Amy

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Apr 12th, 2005, 09:25 AM
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Hi Carol,

>I can't imagine taking these kids to Europe and not having them set foot in either the Louvre or the Orsay????? What will I do????<

The D'Orsay is well worth a couple of hours.

If you check where the Venus de Milo, The Victoire de Samothrace and the Mona Lisa are, you can be in and out of the Louvre in a 1/2 hr.

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Apr 12th, 2005, 10:24 AM
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I am leaning towards the D'Orsay as it might be more accessible to them. (I had actually picked the Lourve due to the food court. Feeding this bunch is going to be a challenge LOL!)
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Apr 12th, 2005, 10:58 AM
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SharonG, this report is worth its weight in gold. By the by, please describe the infamous "le clip".
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Apr 12th, 2005, 11:47 AM
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Le Clip looks just like ones you can get at Walmart for about $4 but oh no, I had to pay 64euros!!!! I think they call it a banana clip where you squeeze the top and it opens up and you clip your hair together with it. Mine is brownish with lovely golden topaz colored Swarovski crystals all around it. It is really pretty but hardly worth that much. C'est la vie.
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Apr 12th, 2005, 01:17 PM
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Hysterical.

We once stayed at the Hotel Monge and had our breakfast at le Petit Cardinal too. Sniff.
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Apr 12th, 2005, 01:19 PM
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Sharon, your trip report is fantastic and soooo funny! I sure wish I could write like you do. Thanks for the chuckles plus the information.

You too Amy!
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Apr 12th, 2005, 03:59 PM
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Somehow we missed Le Petite Cardinal. Where is it? We breakfasted in most days. (The days we "ate out" were more expensive, but we were game for new places!)
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Apr 12th, 2005, 05:01 PM
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This HAS to be my favorite series of threads on FF of all time!
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Apr 13th, 2005, 04:47 AM
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AlisonM: Le Petite Cardinale was down the street from the hotel. If you turned right coming out of the hotel and walked down to the next street, it was right across the street.
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March 18th in Paris: We attempt a cooking class and no one loses a finger although Saundra graciously gave me hers several times that day.

We decided to try French for a Day with Madame Paule Caillat of Promenades Gourmandes. It is expensive but really worth it. Around 300 euros for the class and walking tour. Leave it to Amy to include a walking tour in our itinerary. She wanted to make sure that my toenails didn't grow back in Paris since I had worn them down to nothing in Rome.

We met Paule in the morning around 9 and walked with her to an open air market. She is absolutely adorable and lots of fun. I was afraid she was going to be some stiff-necked gourmet type but she was very down to earth. Her mom lives in L.A. Amy will have to tell you the details of where the market was since I was still in a drug-induced fog most of the day. Betty Ford where are you when I need you?

Paule taught us about how to buy veggies and fruit in season and then we went to buy cheese which is similar to negotiating a peace treaty in the Middle East. By the time we were done, we had 4 delicious cheeses to take home and had sampled about 8 of them. A funny thing happened while we were buying the cheese. It was a new cheese man (do you think they might call them fromage tetes?) and Paule told him she usually bought from a lady down in the center of the market but that she was going to change because that lady "doesn't know how to smile". The man answered "I know. I've known her for 37 years and haven't talked to her in 5, that's my mother!" I swear this was true.

Here's what we made and ate at Paule's: beggars purses which were filo type dough filled with chevre and zucchini and baked in the oven and served on rocket (arugula right?); the 4 cheeses; a cheese souffle; crispy lamb with ratatouille "minute" (they were stir fried so they were still crisp not cooked all day long) and string beans (haricots vert?); chocolate tart with raspberry sauce; wine; and coffee. We then went on a walking tour of the Marais and ended up in the Left Bank at Poilane where we got to go down into the ovens and watch the bread being baked. We went to all kinds of shops including an amazing spice shop and Dellerin where Saundra became engaged to the salesman for a brief moment. I keep telling her that those designer mumus she keeps wearing are just too intoxicating for most men.

This took almost the whole day from 9 AM till after 6. We dragged ourselves home, stopping at a little café for a pick me up. Saundra had to go to "Madame Peepe" and left to go find it. She came back rather quickly and when I asked her how it was she replied "it was just a hole in the floor". Our first Turkish Toilet! But alas, just like the bidet in Rome, she didn't know how to use it so we had to hotfoot it back to the hotel for relief. Oh the wonders of middle-aged bladders.

Total mileage for the day: around 8.

By the way, if you are interested in Paule's classes, here's the website: www.promenadesgourmandes.com
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Apr 13th, 2005, 05:54 AM
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>>We attempt a cooking class and no one loses a finger although Saundra graciously gave me hers several times that day.<<

SNORT!!! love it, LOVE IT!!!
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Apr 13th, 2005, 08:53 AM
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Hey- my daddy and all his people are from Franklin so we are probably kin somehow.
Tell that Saundra that the Dehillerin guy is MY boyfriend- we became betrothed over 10 years ago over an enormous 50-pound copper gratin that I carried home and never use.
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