Saturday July 9th – Paris

I slept in this morning and got up after I hear Marie leave to take out the family dog “Toffee,” like the candy. She is a sweet little furry friend who loves to bark and she was very excited about my coming to visit in her space.

I had a morning breakfast of toast with a tasty lavender honey from the south of France to go with a great cup of French coffee.


Marie was kind enough to wrap up my ankle with a fabric stronger than the gauze I had been using. We decided it would be best for me to just let my swollen ankle rest this day. So I was fine with going to the movies to see the newest Woody Allen film Café Society, starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg. It was a quick Metro ride to the MontParnasse neighborhood near the tallest building in Paris called the Gare Tour in the 15th Arrondissement. After the movie we enjoyed a lovely Paris lunch, complete with French wine, of course. Lovely.


We went back to the apartment and planned the rest of the day, just relaxing and planning dinner. I volunteered to cook as my way of thanking Jean-Marie and Marie. They were fine with the suggestion of pasta and salad. At around 4:00 pm we headed to the market to go shopping for dinner. In France, it is very common to eat a lot of fresh foods.

We headed over to the center of the neighborhood markets. Jean-Marie picked up fresh French bread, cheese, and wine and then we stopped by the vegetable market. So wonderful, fresh tomatoes, garlic, and a rich growing basil plant–the ingredients for a gratifying, winning dinner.


We walked back and simply enjoyed the warm summer afternoon. I had fun making dinner in someone else’s kitchen.

Later, after dinner Jean-Marie and I watched Michael Moore’s documentary “Where To Invade Next.” Personally, I had forgotten how good it was about showing us Europe and their beautiful culture. We did not finish the film but nevertheless I still enjoyed the movie as much as the first time I saw it. I retired for the evening, once again with gratitude in my heart.

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