Ladies Lunch, Palais Royal

Ladies Lunch, Palais Royal

My Suzys are here, c’est magnifique.

Suzzane is here from Chicago…

Susan from NYC…

So off we go walk tony, trendy rue St Honore to Helmut Newton at Grand Palais, followed by the world’s most lovely lunch at my favorite al fresco café Les Nemours, Palais Royal, overlooking the quaint Place Colette (Colette lived and wrote here, her apartment nestled among the ancient rooftops high above the magical gardens and artisan boutiques below).

Mon salade – La Colette – is the prettiest you have ever seen – with roast chicken, hazelnuts, almonds, dried fruit, veg.

My Suzys ordered Quiche Lorraine et Quiche Vegetarian…

C’est parfait.

The perfect summer day.

A Perfect Review on Examiner.com

A Perfect Review on Examiner.com

We are so very, very

Grateful…

Ecstatic…

Blessed…

and just Jumping for Joy!

Merci beaucoup to examiner.com, and dear, darling writer Mary Osborne for
the review of our lovely new book, "A Perfect Event".

I have been a fan of Mary’s writing and work for so many, many years – so
this is just a total thrill.

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A bientot!

La Terrasse Georges

 

Le Georges is such a fun, full on Paris dining experience, you need to see it step by step.

So, let’s take you on the full, grand tour de Georges, atop Centre Pompidou.

Errr – atop the hamster tube – as les enfants say.

That’s right – we are going to the tippy top.

Upon arrival, simply look for the red carpet de Georges, near the front door to le musee – museum.

 

 

I’ve never met a museum store I didn’t like…have you?

 

 

The view as you escalate up and up is just breathtaking.

I may enjoy each step – and find it even more fun than the kids do…

 

 

As you approach the roof, your view becomes more and more magical.

La Tour Eiffel!

 

 

Sacre Coeur!

 

 

At last, upon reaching the 6 etage – floor – the restaurant is in view.

I recommend making a reservation in advance, easily done online, and asking for a seat at the edge of the terrasse, or inside at the window in foul weather.

8:30 pm is ideal in summer, as the sun sets around 10 pm.  Crazy, I know.

 

 

I am quite obsessed with:

1.  The 24″ red roses, suspended in air atop each table.

 

 

2.  The models turned waitstaff.  Where do they FIND these young men and women?  It’s like fine dining on the catwalks of Paris.

 

 

 

3.  Always, always bringing busy books to nice restaurants to keep les enfants busy at the table: Crosswords, Mazes, Hidden Pictures by Highlights, Sketchbooks – just to name a few  (and lots of pens and crayons).

 

 

4.  Notre Dame – such a masterpiece – almost 200 years to build – begun in 1100.  It is simply a total and complete marvel.

 

 

5.  The fancy restaurant name:  Georges Abstraction Surface Air.  What does that mean exactly?  We spend most of dinner pondering this topic.

 

 

6.  The strange aluminum space ship like structures inside the dining room, housing the bar, private dining spaces, kitchen, WC – bathrooms.

 

As we place our order – the sun begins to set.  The rosy glow creates a spectacular setting as we sip Vin Rose (me), et Schweppes (les enfants).

 

 

The food at Georges is fantastic.  There is something for everyone – including eight and ten year olds.  (Note – American families that don’t want too late or long a dinner, here’s a trick: have the kid’s entrees come with your first course, and their dessert with your entree.  Then you enjoy a fabulous dinner, but it doesn’t go into the wee bedtime hours).

 

 

Lilly has inherited my love for Poulet au Curry – Chicken Curry.

 

 

Parker has proclaimed this the best Penne in all of Paris.  Lilly and I concur.  Whole heartedly.  It is to die for.

 

 

I try to branch out a bit, but I simply love their Salade de Burrata avec Quatre Colore Tomate.  So, here I go again.  (and ps – the jaune – yellow are hands down the best).

 

 

The Crevettes avec du Risotto is another favorite – with Tulle Parmesan and Frit au Basilique – fried basil.

 

 

And of course, les enfants must end every meal with Sorbet Framboise.  And tonight, a delicious Tulle Amande.

 

 

 

The view, believe it or not, just gets better, and better, as you linger at the table.

At 10 pm, she sparkles.  La Tour Eiffel that is.  We’re on a “she” to we basis.

 

 

I am totally, completely, obsessed with Paris rooftops.

 

 

The moon comes out…

 

 

The sun sets…

 

 

The terrasse becomes even more stunning.

 

 

And then – at 10:15 – the piece de resistance – the monuments light up in tandem – across the entire skyline of Paris.

 

 

Sacre Coeur enchants La Butte de Montmartre…

 

 

And when finished with dinner – you get to ride the escalators all the way back down.

 

 

It’s very Space Mountain-y.

 

 

Oui – yes, he’s going up the down escalator in many of these.

French children don’t go up down escalators, bien sur, tut tut.

 

 

And at last, down to the ground.

 

 

Moon over Centre Pompidou.

 

 

Like up in the air, atop Paris, en Georges, art even surrounds you at the base of Pompidou as you exit.

 

 

Bon nuit, Le Georges.

Do you Georges?

Do you Georges?

We Georges.

And often.

Every single chance we can get.

This is the sunset view over Paris, from my too cool for school kids’
favorite rooftop restaurant – Le Georges, atop Centre Pompidou.

Last August, they insisted this be our last meal in Paris.

I argued.

They won.

Last night, they insisted we climb to the top for our first big dinner
adventure in Paris.

I agreed fully, in unison.

(we had tubs and a picnic in our bathrobes in bed the first night – as we
were all much too jetlagged to keep our eyes open!)

Parker, age eight, remembered his plate of Penne Rigate down to the tiny
cherry tomatoes floating ontop.

Lilly, age ten, HAD to have not one, but two orders of her favorite Poulet
Curry.

(trust me, we only ordered one. but she BEGGED for a second helping.)

Could you imagine a more exquisite setting?

Here’s the trick, for your next trip:

1. Make reservation for 8:30 p (easy to do online) and request table along
edge of terrace, or window inside in winter
2. Savor every gorgeous inch to the top as you escalate up, up, up to the
roof, inside the "hamster tube" as the kids say
3. Marvel over how they have 24" tall red roses standing straight up at
every single table in test tubes.
4. Order anything and everything from the models – errrr – waiters. The
food is absolutely fabulous.
5. Sunset, 9:45 ish pm. C’est magnifique. Takes your breath away.
6. Monuments light up – in unison – across the ENTIRE view of Paris –
10:15. J’adore.
7. Stand up, stuffed to the gills with food, frolic, and family, recede
back down hamster tube, soaking in views from Sacre Coeur to Les Invalides.

For more amazing visual Le Georges delights, click here:
http://www.maisonthierrycostes.com/en/georges/photos

For the uber modern webcams de Pompidou, click here:
http://www.centrepompidou.fr/pompidou/Communication.nsf/0/EC8731...

What do you want the kids to share with you demain – tomorrow?

A bientot!

Left Bank Love

Left Bank Love

Ahhh…the twisting lanes and narrow buildings of mon prefere – my favorite
– arrondissement in of all of Paris.

Bright, sun drenched buildings covered in colorful flower boxes…

Oversize french doors soaring up to the sky, story atop story, with wrought
iron juliette balconies painted in glossy black lacquer…

It is perfection, at every single old world turn.

The Left Bank is medieval Paris – while the Right Bank is a bit more
modern, with beautiful, but large buildings – if you can even call this
gorgeous, turn of the century buildings "modern".

Strolling along lazily, we three pass by trees planted in the 1600s, in
charming public squares, where the Sun King himself, Louis XIV would have
been in attendance.

In the 1200s, Notre Dame was almost complete, Sainte Chapelle had just been
built, Sorbonne was quickly becoming the university in Europe…

Turning quaint corners reveal teeny tiny winding streets, named in Medieval
days for the small shops and craftsmen who set up boutiques and shops
there: rue de la Bucherie – butcher, rue de la Harpe, rue de Beaux Arts…

I just cannot, ever, get enough.

Fontaines Fantastique

Fontaines Fantastique

Ooh la la – Paris j’adore.

And we have a favorite new hotel.

Fontaines du Luxembourg – right across the street from all time favorite Jardin Luxembourg.

Smack dab in the middle of The Left Bank – yet another favorite.

We are in love with our huge bed – perfect for a major family slumber party with both the kids and me (we’ve already power napped, bien sur).

And the head board – one of our favorite perches in the parc – overlooking the fountain – fontaine – the Pantheon – Latin Quarter and more.

Off we go!

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