Wednesday, January 9, 2013
learning to dance in the rain in Paris
If you haven't figured it out yet I'm completely and utterly smitten with Paris. Looking at these photos causes me to grin while letting out a contented sigh. Paris changed me. I don't know how 2 days plus one magical night can do that but that's just the magic that is Paris I guess.
Our last day in Paris was incredibly stormy and pouring; I mean literally dumping buckets of rain! It was hard to keep my camera dry because my purse was soaking wet as well. Many times I would take out my camera only to find the the mirror inside was all fogged up. I gave myself a little pep talk that my photos may not turn out... I decided to just go with it, capturing shots of parisians with their umbrellas.
We decided to walk to the farmers market on raspail in the seventh. On the map it looked quite close to our hotel. That was a bit misleading because we walked... and walked... and walked. On our way to the market I was surprised to walk straight into Poilane which is a french bakery that I've read about from Ina Garten. I told Neal that he HAD to go in and try a pastry for me!! I LOVED it in there! It was one of my favorite moments on the trip!!! While Neal chose his goody I perused the tiny shop decorated for Christmas with evergreen boughs and hanging shortbread cookies. This place was magic to me. I purchased one of their handmade bowls for my kitchen so that I could always remember this extra special moment.
From there we continued walking to the market. When we arrived we were completely soaked through but man was I excited. I'm crazy passionate about food! It's so beautiful to me and man the french do it right!! I've never seen such wonderfully, rustic displays! As we were walking through a gentleman offered me some samples of his olives. I LOVE olives and these were by far the best we'd ever had! We ended up purchasing a small container for an afternoon snack along with some lychee fruit. I think I took 50 photos just at the market!! That is my kind of heaven on earth. I remember walking away and saying, "well, I don't know how those photos will turn out in this dark light but I did my best."
From the market we walked to Cafe Varenne because Ina Garten raved about it recently on her facebook page. Would you believe we ended up sitting right next to a couple who spoke english and when I told her that I chose that cafe because of Ina she told me that they were good friends and that they'd be seeing her shortly when she arrived for New Years! It turns out we were chatting with Patricia Wells and I didn't even know it! (She gave me her business card as we were leaving) What fun! I'm sure her and Ina have had a lovely chat about what a doll I am and how they'd like to hire me as their photographer. (wink)
We then made our way to St Germaine's but honestly we were so wet by this time I was done fighting the storm. After watching a passionate fist fight in the street we snuck into a Starbucks (head hung in shame) to warm up and decide what to do. I confessed that I was pretty miserable and wet by now (drowned rat) and asked to skip Notre Dam (gasp!). We grabbed a cab back to our room so that I could get some dry clothes.
That night we ended up having the most romantic date ever at La Petit Cler which is a small cafe at the base of our hotel. We sat outside with heaters and blankets and had a simple meal. After dinner we walked back to the eiffel tower for one last glimpse of its grandeur and then enjoyed the lights of the champs d'elysee one last time.
I learned something this day. I learned to dance in the rain. To make the best of it. And while I worried I'd end up with crummy photos I'd say that didn't happen at all.
A bientot mon chéri.
Until we meet again...