Saturday, March 01, 2008

les deux magots--paris musings #3

"This cafe still trades on its self-styled reputation as the rendezvous of the literary and intellectual elite of the city. This derives from the patronage of Surrealist artists and young writers including Ernest Hemingway in the 1920's and 1930's, and existential philosophers and writers in the 1950's." Today they were able to add two great writers of the 21st Century to the list...guess who? drum roll please...lucy (c'est moi) and Tess!!!

Yes, it is true. The two friends who met in the blogosphere well over a year ago were united today in glorious, sunny, fabulous Paris. Hugs were exchanged amidst astonishment that we were actually in each other's presence. Waiting for a table at the very busy cafe, we commented on the amazingly chic hostess and the waiters dressed in tuxedos pouring wine and Evian for the wide array of customers. We sat inside at a great window seat with a French father, mother, daughter and little white bulldog beside us. (No poodles in sight.) It was all so Parisienne.

After lunch, we made our way to the Seine where Tess had her first look ever at the magic river. We continued our walk along the quai where we strolled next to the infamous "Left Bank booksellers." Our next stop Saint Chapelle with it's amazing stained glass windows depicting over 1100 scenes from the Bible. Breathtaking to say the least!!!

Finally we hopped on the local bus back to the rue Cler area (my home away from home) where we picked up Tess' luggage and strolled past the Eiffel tower to find her hotel in the 5th arrondissement. Making my way back, I stopped at the local pastry shop to pick up my dinner of Salmon tartine and Framboise Tartelette. Vie, c'est bon! (Life is good!!)

Time to say bon soir. Tess and I are meeting for breakfast in the morning and a visit to the Musee d'Orsay...and who knows what else? Stay tuned for more...

(be sure to check out lucy creates for pictoral updates!!!)


Sue said...

Yay! How cool for you 2 to meet (it's always rather scary meeting people from online, even if they're friends ... especially if they're friends). What a lovely day it sounds like you guys had.

I don't know what a framboise tartelette is but by God I want seven of them :)

Stained glass windows ... I would like a house full of stained glass windows ... like these ones (okay, so it would be a tad overwhelming when you want to curl up cosy with a good book, like, but there could be another room for that. This could be the "I want to feel terribly dramatic whilst eating my breakfast" room.

Dianna Woolley said...

Oh Lucy, I think we may have to "DO" Australia (I think) once Sue gets all of her stained glass windows in place. We'll bring the food:)

You are treating us way too well - your photos and descriptions are delish! Riley was even talking about you today:)

Love to you and TESS, we're all jealous - have a wonderful day.


Sue said...

Sure, SS, come over! Bring your framboise tartelettes with you. There'll be heaps of room. You can have the east wing, with the giant dome in the ceiling, if you want

Kayce aka lucy said...

SS & Sue--glad to see you girls are having fun! tess is as delightful as you have probably imagined and all with that lovely british accent :-) you get a comment this morning because i am dressed, ready to go and waiting until my friend arrives.

(raspberry case anyone is still wondering...and oh so yum!!!!!)


Karen said...

Wow! And to think, you were hesitating about taking this trip!

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Anonymous said...

J'adore les framboise tartelettes lucy! J'ai tres faim maintenant. :-)

storyteller said...

How exciting (and how brave of you and Tess) to meet up in this manner and share this French adventure!!! And to sit in the cafĂ© with so much history … I wish I was there too.
Hugs and blessings,

Anonymous said...

Lucy!!! Sounds like you are having an amazing time! Your post is beautiful! Love, Pamlea