~sad, beautiful day~

April 27th, 2007


We went to Notre Dame and I lit a candle for Jim and Xie.
I cried by the Seine, thinking how hokey it is to light a candle at Notre Dame and then cry by the Seine and how much I would have liked to tell Jim. I lit it under the statue of Joan of Arc.


Ali and I walk, walk, walk, and end up meeting our Parisian hosts to exchange keys at Les Editeurs cafe at Carrefour de l’Odéon in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. I chose the café because the online research I’ve done promises “real French writers” hang out here. I don’t see any. The girls had a great time in New York, and are sorry to be back so soon. I try not to think about leaving tomorrow.

We wander from there through a galleria, a long stone-paved alley line with shops and cafes. I buy a long moss green skirt with ties on the side that gather and wear it out of the shop. The gal who sells it to me (and I think made it) tells me twice it is perfect for me because I am grande.


Ali and I buy matching jewel-toned scarves from India—his silvery-blue-grey (dashing!) and mine iridescent red-blue-purple. How couple-y can you get?

We head to our last diner, a return to Le Baratin. We are seated well, on a long bench I share with the house kitty, Beaujolais. The restaurant is nearly empty when we arrive at eight on a Saturday night, by nine it is packed with Frenchies drinking, smoking, snacking. A real scene.


The chef serves us personally. She embraces the regulars with wine in one hand and a cigarette in the other. I score points when caught scratching the tummy of my furry dinner companion. I think if we came back a third time, we’d get kissed on the cheek too.


The whole day has a bitter-sweet air, the feeling of departure hangs around. It hasn’t taken us long to get in the rhythm of French living and returning to Brooklyn seems, well, less French.


One Response to “~sad, beautiful day~”

  1. Habib says:

    Greetings from Vienna. Five hour lay-over on my way to Delhi. Finally get to look at your lovely pictures. Miss you.

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