Monday, June 8, 2009


As I look back on this most trip to France, I am nearly overwhelmed at the richness of the experiences.

  • Traveling to Champagne...for champagne...and roaming the pebbled streets of Epernay.
  • Enjoying Salad Nicoise and wine at the sidewalk cafes.
  • Walking the beaches of Normandy where over 200,000 people gave their lives for our freedom
  • Being called "Madame Funny" at the French Italian restaurant "Delices" in Rueil Malmaison. (I was confused about language: "Si, No, Oui, Yes!"
  • Getting ripped off at the base of Eiffel Tower.
  • Drinking stupid amounts of Valpulacella, Montepulciano, and St. Emmillion wines.
  • Learning to ride the Metro...with some mild bruising.
  • Learning "loo" etiquette without knowing French.
  • Taking in the gardens of Monet in Giverny.
  • Meeting fun Americans at Paris cooking school.
  • Getting painfully lost, but finding the BEST surprises.
  • Mussels and Frites!