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Chez L'Ami Jean. Orgasm schmorgasm

I had read it was closed for Easter weekend, wasn't sure if it was for the whole week. Oh well, M Jego is entitled to time off with his family, even if it screws up my sex life lol. Still lots of great meals to look forward to next week and even better company, as always!

Will be trying Le Bon Georges with friends on my last night, the 19th, thanks to raves from JT, Laidback and other wonderfully generous CH posters.

Shaping up to be another memorable trip to my favourite city in the world!!

Jo

Apr 10, 2014
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Chez L'Ami Jean. Orgasm schmorgasm

Oh, very exciting stuff possible here!!

Jo

Apr 10, 2014
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Chez L'Ami Jean. Orgasm schmorgasm

So, Parigi, any chance that a Wednesday orgasm, oops, I meant lunch, could be squeezed in next week? I'm being greedy here but all these memories of orgasms past have me panting for more. If not, I will still be deliriously anxious for Abri on the 18th!!

Jo

Apr 10, 2014
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Explosion at Denise Acabo

Just read it was a gas explosion. This is horrible.

Feb 15, 2014
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Explosion at Denise Acabo

OMG No! She is just the sweetest lady (literally!). Do you know what happened?

Feb 15, 2014
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Chez L'Ami Jean. Orgasm schmorgasm

sounds like it's going on the list for April!

Feb 05, 2014
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The new Spring book, written and illustrated by Daniel Rose with Sophie Brissaud, is out.

Not sure how I missed this thread! I remember meeting Sophie at Spring when we were there for lunch in 2011 where she told us that she was working on this book. Congratulations, Sophie (and Daniel). We'll make sure we pick up a copy in April.

Jo

Nov 16, 2013
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Eating our way through Paris ~ my report on our 15 days in heaven (warning ~ very long ~ not for the faint hearted or easily distracted!)

Awesome. Looking forward to finally meeting you, maybe lunch at Christophe or join us at CLJ?

Oct 24, 2013
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Eating our way through Paris ~ my report on our 15 days in heaven (warning ~ very long ~ not for the faint hearted or easily distracted!)

yeah, baby!

Oct 23, 2013
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Eating our way through Paris ~ my report on our 15 days in heaven (warning ~ very long ~ not for the faint hearted or easily distracted!)

It's a date! Friday lunch at CLJ on the 18th?

Oct 23, 2013
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Best Pizza in Paris?

We've always enjoyed the pizza at Pizza Momo,on rue St Antoine in the Marais, made in their ancient wood burning oven. Not gourmet, but it's fresh, the dough is thick and chewy and there's lots of great choices for toppings (I like the veggie one myself). Great choice for a quick, easy and cheap meal when that's what you're in the mood for.

Jo

Oct 22, 2013
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Eating our way through Paris ~ my report on our 15 days in heaven (warning ~ very long ~ not for the faint hearted or easily distracted!)

Well, the plotting is now a concrete plan ~ flights and apartment booked yesterday for 8 nights from April 12-20 (coming back Easter Sunday ~ just think of the Easter goodies my grandsons will get!). It's shorter than our usual trips, but since hubby has his heart set on 2 weeks in Greece next fall, it's the best I could do.

Jo

Oct 21, 2013
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Eating our way through Paris ~ my report on our 15 days in heaven (warning ~ very long ~ not for the faint hearted or easily distracted!)

You sure did, John. Next time, we will try to do a better job co-ordinating our schedules, lol.

Jo, the sassy (former) Montrealer

Oct 18, 2013
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Eating our way through Paris ~ my report on our 15 days in heaven (warning ~ very long ~ not for the faint hearted or easily distracted!)

Yes, Den was coming to Paris for sweetbreads and sweetbreads he had. Although Daniel did wax poetically about the lunch he had at Christophe with you and told us we had to go ~ we will, next time! Always good to keep some for the next trip, right?

Oct 18, 2013
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Eating our way through Paris ~ my report on our 15 days in heaven (warning ~ very long ~ not for the faint hearted or easily distracted!)

Got back on Sunday and still in the throes of PPD (post Paris depression) ~ to the point that I'm pricing airfares for April, lol.

Once again, our trip revolved around our restaurant reservations. Most were made before we left Canada, after pouring over this site, Paris by Mouth and JT's Paris.

Biggest hits:

Lunch at Chez L'Ami Jean ~ Parigi's given the lowdown and DCM, SisterEurope and I have added our thoughts ~ hands down, best meal of our trip, exceptional food yes, but also due to atmosphere, fun, laughs and mostly catching up with great friends we see way too rarely

Lunch at Spring ~ Daniel continues to wow with pristine ingredients, beautifully presented and meticulously prepared. Standouts were the amuse of foie gras with sel de guerand and caramelized turnips (Daniel keeps putting things together that just make you go ~ wow!), trout fillet cooked with a blowtorch and served on a reduction of olive oil and honey and the creme de cepes served with our veal tenderloin. Lunch was 157 euros with 4 glasses of wine, amuse, 3 courses, coffee and bottled water but no cheese. I did find service a little bit rushed, but it may just be me still missing the easy atmosphere of his tiny place in the 9th. Daniel is still the same sweet, humble, witty genius he's always been, he's just running a bigger show and who can begrudge him his well deserved success. Lunch service stops November 1, as reported by John a few weeks ago.

Dinner at Septime ~ Wow, we loved everything about this place. I was able to snag an online reservation 3 weeks before our dinner date. We had a great table right next to the kitchen, service was friendly and helpful, atmosphere was casual and relaxed. 6 half courses ~ the first of octopus with smoked lardons, cucumber, celery, mache, dill in a deliciously sweet broth just wowed us and the hits kept coming ~ wild mushrooms (girolles and cepes) served with mousse aux ouefs with tarragon on an almond base, velouté de tapenade d'olives et cress with lieu jaune with mini leeks, wilted roasted lettuce,pintande printaniere with tiny turnips, beets, squash, braised zucchini and parsley,poire sorbet with feta ~ melt in your mouth salty/sweet orgasms and mousse vervaine pêche pochée, galette au sucre brun. Dinner was 187 euros, with 2 glasses of champagne and 6 glasses of wine, paired to go with each 2 half courses. The revelation of the trip ~ we will surely be back.

Le 6 Paul Bert ~ Den loved this place! Again, very easy casual atmosphere, the tables are very close together, but that just means you get to chat with your table mates and get other restaurant recommendations, lol. Our waitress gave us a great alternate wine recommendation when we ordered a rosé that she said would be a tad too sweet for our meals and she kept it in the same price range. For 44 euros, you choose 3 mains and a dessert from a list of market driven choices. My favourite was roasted root vegetables with seared foie gras and Den's was his crispy sweetbreads with roasted garlic and wilted green onions. We both had the very yummy lemon curd cannoli for dessert. Dinner was 144 euros with 2 glasses of champagne and a bottle of wine.

Close seconds:

Dinner at Pirouette ~ I really enjoyed the modern decor of this place just behind Les Halles. We went on JT's recommendation after reading many reviews and are very happy we went. First, I love the wall of wine, lol. Again, service was very friendly and inviting. Our waitress recommended a lovely Minervois that went well with both Den's sweetbreads (3 times this trip, here, at Paul Bert 6 and the over the top serving at CLJ. Daniel Rose recommended Christophe in the 5th for the sweetbreads and we were going to go on the Saturday after our CLJ lunch, up until we got that huge serving from Jego) and my 8 hour cooked deer stew. Den's entree was shredded duck with pickled radish slices and mine was an earthy mushroom medley with caramelized chestnuts. We shared a rice pudding that (almost) rivals CLJ and with 2 glasses of champagne, dinner was 127 euros (but I think they comped our champagne after there was a slight mix up getting our bill and we were our patient, polite Canadian selves, lol)

Bistro Paul Bert ~ I was looking forward to a great traditional bistro meal and that's what we got. Service was slightly befuddled,but it was a busy night and we were in Paris, so who cares! We snagged a great table outside to enjoy the balmy autumn air and had a hearty Cote de Rhones to go with Den's velouté de cepes with foie gras, and steak frites with bernaise, and my egg with morrels and serrano ham, and, finally, my wonderful steak tartare (with no egg ~ don't mind raw meat, can't do the raw egg white, shudder). Finished with roasted figs and honey with vanilla bean ice cream and chocolat fondant with creme anglaise. Dinner was a reasonable 117 euros but the heaviness of the meal caused us to cancel our lunch the next day at Le Petit Sud Ouest (bad planning on my part to plan 2 heavy meals back to back).

Very good for different reasons:

Oysters at Pleine Mer with DCM ~ fresh, briny, salty, meaty ~ what else do you want, except a bottle of muscadet (oops, had that too, as well as 3 very full complimentary glasses). Thanks to DCM for guiding us through the many choices available. This was a perfect quick, easy meal before the Johnny Lang concert at New Morning with the added benefit of catching up with a fellow hound.

Lunch at Le Baron Rouge ~ not for the food, which was cheese and charcuterie, but for the fun, easy vibe, the friendly waiters and the joy of being in Paris on a Sunday afternoon drinking wine, eating cheese and talking with everyone around you. Will definitely go back.

Dinner at Le Pere Claude ~ dinner with close friends from Montreal who happened to be in Paris for one night, on Den' birthday. No home runs, but solid traditional French classics made more enjoyable by a private alcove table and catching up with nos amis. Starters included smoked salmon salad, coddled eggs with cepes and escargots. Mains were entrecote with bone marrow, andouillette, tete de veau and sausages, most served with creamy mashed potatoes. Dinner was 125 euros/couple including dessert and 2 bottles of Croze Hermitage. We only heard French being spoken and it looked like many patrons were regulars. You could do much worse in Paris.

Dinner at Ober Salé ~ I reserved here 2 days before we went and we were given a nice table just behind the main one up front. As noted before, the waiter is very sweet, professional and efficient. He handled an almost full house all by himself, dishes and drinks were served at an appropriate pace, and everyone was very well taken care of. 3 courses for 33 euros,everything was very good, well presented, fresh and delicious. Our only (slight) issue was that all the courses were very white ~ not the most visually appetizing meal, which, as my hubby noted, does make a difference in the overall enjoyment of food. We enjoyed both the food and the service and are glad we went. Not sure we'll go back just because there's so many other places we want to get to and never seem to have the time! Dinner was 107 euros with a bottle of wine.

Lunch at Dans les Landes ~ great tapas menu, but I feel like I didn't get to try as many things as I could to give it a complete assessment. Lunch was with new friends and old, and was a lot of fun, but when you're eating with people you don't know very well (not you, SE!), you don't want to go crazy with your choices so I didn't. I did love what we did order, including the calamari and I was blessed that SE shared her millasou (sp?) which rocked my world. I'd love to go back and give the menu a real shot with maybe more adventurous eaters (including you, my sista!) I did have 3 glasses of Irouléguy white ~ yes, at lunch!

Lunch at Les Petit Carreaux on rue Montorgeuil ~ we've eaten here about 6 times over our trips and it's always a safe bet, great little terrace at the top end of Montorgeuil, great people watching, cute waiters, hubby loves their caesar salad with huge shards of parmesan and a poached egg on top. Fun place that always reminds us why we love Paris ~ it doesn't always have to be gourmet to be good!

And the rest:

2 dinners at Pizza Momo (great pizzas made in their ancient wood burning oven), lunch at Les Tartines (nice little café on rue Rivoli, serves great café crèmes and, what else, tartines, great salads and a few home made daily specials ~ it was full at 2pm with locals enjoying an uncomplicated lunch), first day lunch at Les Philisophes (good salad with chèvre, magret and serrano ham) and great people watching on rue Vieille du Temple, pitcher of margaritas w/chips and guacamole at La Perla (yeah, happy hour), last easy dinner at Lizard Lounge, little kicky bar across from our apartment where we had a few happy hour or late night drinks, a few picnic lunches after some big meals the night before, huge falafel sandwiches from Va-Mi-Va, and a decent moule/frites and andouillette/frites lunch at a little place behind Printemps.

Only disappointment:

Dinner at Les Vieux Comptoir ~ we've been coming here for classic bistro meals and great service for the last 5 years. We were looking forward to another great meal but came away slightly disappointed, for a variety of reasons. The service was off (we asked for wine pairing suggestions and the waitress served us the same wine, even though we had very different first courses), they mixed up our orders and then charged us for the one they got wrong, my scallops were just too salty to eat and Den's steak was a point, even though he asked for rare (in a Paris restaurant ~ really?). On the other hand, Den's foie gras appetizer was just perfect and the warm multi grain roll with nuts and raisin was home baked and really, REALLY good! So maybe we'll give them another chance, lol. Everyone can have an off night.

We made sure we balanced every huge meal with an easy lunch and breakfast was in the apartment every day, some days were croissant, pain au chocolat or almond croissant and others were just yogurt if we had special lunch reservations. We did cancel 2 reservations ~ Au Petit Sud Ouest since we couldn't face duck and foie gras after our huge dinner at Bistro Paul Bert the night before (again, my fault for poor planning) and dinner at Marie Celeste, after spending the afternoon in the apartment with 3 new Paris friends drinking 4 bottles of wine, eating cheese, saucisson, bread and chocolate. We did advise both restaurants that we would not be coming.

So it was a great mix of new discoveries, old favourites, elaborate multi course feasts and easy meals . I've got lots of pictures if anyone wants to see any particular dish.

Our best times were spent with friends, catching up, enjoying good food and wine and just being in Paris. We really didn't do much more than walk, eat and drink ~ we did see Johnny Lang as mentioned above and a great Fleetwood Mac concert at Bercy, as well as a very intimate Edith Piaf concert at the tiny Essaion theatre near Beaubourg and our day in London was long, tiring and just made me happy to be back in Paris!

As noted above, I'm already plotting our return. Paris, je t'aime!

Jo

Oct 18, 2013
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Chez L'Ami Jean. Orgasm schmorgasm

I know, I can't help myself, run of the mouth disease!

Oct 15, 2013
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Chez L'Ami Jean. Orgasm schmorgasm

There's not much I can add to Parigi's spot-on report of the greatest meal of our 15 day trip. Yes, the orgasms were plentiful this meal (makes me so happy Adam chose first and Eve got the second choice, right P?). Yes, Jego was in fine vocal form that day, but he is a fiery genius and if he has to let off steam by screaming a few times to produce the thrills that come out of that tiny kitchen, than I am thankful that Parigi is willing to sacrifice her hearing for a day or so for us. Yes, the price was incredibly fair for both the quantity and quality we were so generously provided with. But this meal was so much more than the sum of its parts ~ first, it was the company that we shared the meal with. We had the privilege of being with 4 like minded gourmands, who trust that when asked if they would like the chef to take care of them, know that he will do exactly that. We don't ask how, how much, what or why ~ we just know Jego will move heaven and earth to make us happy we placed this trust in him and he does. None of us would ever think to question what we will get because it doesn't matter ~ we just know it will be amazing. Enjoying a meal is more than just enjoying the food though ~ it's enjoying the food with the people you are sharing it with, making memories together, laughing, catching up, solving world peace, whatever. It's spending 4 hours having the time of your life, trusting the chef and the staff to take care of you so you can spend your precious time just being, enjoying, laughing, with friends you don't get to see very often. It's all those things together that add up to make memorable meals, and this one was one I will remember for a very, very long time.
Second, for the life of me, I don't know how this chef can come up with (and keep track of) the complex meals that come out of his tiny kitchen. Yes, our table of 6 was served 8 amazingly executed, beautifully plated courses, but I was watching as many more plates left and were served to diners all around us. I heard the chef describe a platter of fowl cooked 2 different ways to his waiter so they could explain it to the diners, I saw a huge casserole pot lugged to a table, I saw elaborate desserts served to amazed faces, plate after plate of different home runs going out to those eager to catch and devour them. How can this man come up with this many different ideas and concepts and keep executing them day after day after day? When you look up multi tasking, Jego's face should be the only thing you see.
Third, about being a regular or not ~ I can't speak about how we would be treated at CLJ if we were not sitting with the people we are lucky enough to call our friends since we've only eaten here with them. But I do know that Den and I have had some of our most wonderful and memorable experiences at Parisian restaurants whenever we have put ourselves in the hands of the chef or the lovely people serving us. Since we only go to Paris once a year for 2 weeks at a time, most meals are not repeat visits and even if they are, the visits are so far apart, we're not remembered. But we are social, we speak French, we interact with those around us, we're open to suggestions, we're thankful, inquisitive and just happy to be there. We show appreciation with our words and our expressions and I think all of these things contribute to enhancing the experience just as much as the food on our plate. I really believe you get what you give and that's why we've had such memorable experiences at so many restaurants all over the world, not just in Paris. The first time we went to Spring, Au Vieux Comptoir, Caffe Angela, Le Baratin,etc, we had some of the best meals, but also the most fun and that's what keeps us going back.

Getting back to Parigi's report,I can't provide any better details or descriptions than my erudite amie, but as she said, I did take lots of pictures, so here they are, pretty much in the same order as the courses she perfectly described above. The last one is of 3 happy, satisfied groupies and their rock star.

The only additional thing I remember is the spontaneous round of applause we gave the chef as we devoured the scallop orzo soup. Parigi is right ~ I did want to take off all my clothes and roll around in it and I would have if terrified diners wouldn't have scattered away in horror. OMG, in a sea of perfect 10s, this one was a 73. I would have eaten a wheelbarrow of it, but that would mean I wouldn't have had the rest of those sublime courses, so I'm happy the way it worked out, lol.

I'll have a full report of our 2 week eating orgy in a few days, but this lunch was without question the home run, the power ball winning ticket, the Stanley Cup goal (for any fellow Canadians out there), the pinnacle of a trip full of great meals. For that, I thank Chef Jego, CLJ's fast,funny and professional staff, and most of all, my dining companions with whom I got to share this amazing experience.

Here's to next year's orgy!

Jo

Oct 14, 2013
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Unique Culinary Tours of Paris

Damnit, that's 2 days too late :)

Oct 03, 2013
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Back in Paris for 15 days!

Thanks Twinkie, I think we may cancel the Marie Celeste reservation regardless. I was told while at Le Baron Rouge on Sunday that they would start their oysters this Sunday so that takes care of our crustacean fix for that day. I think I'll much prefer their ambiance anyways.

We had amazing oysters with DCM on Tuesday night at Pleine Mer ~ found out from this CH fountain of knowledge that the owner brings them back with him from Cancale on Tuesdays, so they were as fresh as fresh can be. 3 dozen with a bottle of muscadet and a kouign amann for 76 euros! Can't be beat.

Had a great meal at Bistro Paul Bert last night, finally got my steak tartare and it was tres yummy! So good in fact that I just canceled our lunch reservation at Au Petit Sud Ouest for today ~ just can't handle another heavy meal so soon (as Parigi and other hounds keep reminding us, lol)
Spring tomorrow for lunch ~ can't wait!

Jo

Oct 03, 2013
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Back in Paris for 15 days!

Awesome! See you tomorrow! Had an awesome meal at Septime tonight. Looking forward to seeing you (and Johnny Lang) tomorrow ~ will miss you, Mr Talbott.

Jo

Sep 30, 2013
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Back in Paris for 15 days!

Thanks for the heads up. After my initial flurry of making reservations and suffering from FOMO, I've decided to not stress about the days we've not reserved yet and go with the flow. I think we will pass on Bones this time and enjoy the contemporary cuisine of Spring, Septime, Paul Bert 6 and Pirouette (already reserved) and the traditional familiarity of Au Vieux Comptoir, Bistro Paul Bert and Chez l'Ami Jean.

I think that's good advice for Mary Celeste as well. I think I forgot that being in Paris is the home run, not scoring reservations at every new hit in town. There will always be more of those, but just being in my favourite city in the world is already priceless enough for me.

We had an easy lunch at Les Philosophes today and an even easier dinner at Pizza Momo, a place we've been coming to for the last 5 years. Ended the evening with a night cap at the Lizard Lounge, right across from our apartment on rue Bourg Tibourg. It was a great first day, Den's snoring away and I'm not far behind him.

I think we'll be happy with a mix of new adventures and old reliables.

Jo

Sep 28, 2013
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Au Bon Coin

Oh, I know, lol, we have no problem going all over Paris for good food!

Sep 16, 2013
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Au Bon Coin

ouch, lol

Sep 16, 2013
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Au Bon Coin

Have you been to Au Bougnat in the 4th ~ it's on Au Bon Coin's website as their other bistro. If it's good too, it's more convenient for us location wise.

Jo

Sep 16, 2013
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Au Bon Coin

Ah man, have you seen my last posts! Maybe this should be our last meal (in Paris, not forever, lol)

Jo

Sep 16, 2013
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Back in Paris for 15 days!

Sorry, I meant I would try to get a reservation for Bones, and if I can't get one, I'll make one for Ober-Sale (assuming we don't end up there on Thursday if we don't get into Pierre Sang Boyer). Ah, what a hard life I lead, lol

Jo

Sep 16, 2013
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Back in Paris for 15 days!

Thanks, at least we know what to expect. I'm not going to stress about it since we have such great meals to look forward to for the rest of the trip.

Maybe I'll try to reserve Bones for our last dinner on the 12th and if we can't get in, we'll do Ober Sale.

Thanks everyone for your input. Only 11 dodos left!

Jo

Sep 16, 2013
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Fete de L'Huitre et Fete des Vendages this Weekend!

Anyone know if there will be a repeat of the Fete des Huitres this year? I've googled but can't find any info. I know the Marche de l'Aveyron is on again while we are there, but would love to go back and slurp more delicious (free) oysters again!

Jo

Sep 16, 2013
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Back in Paris for 15 days!

Yup, that sounds like the plan for the 10th.

As for Bones, that's exactly what I've been reading. I remember when we went to Au Passage, we must have brought the average age of the people in the restaurant up by about 20 years, lol. Our server made sure we knew it was mostly small plates and not the regular French classics. Of course, we knew this and loved our meal that night ~ first time for oursins, burrata and bonites for both of us, and we loved it all. We ended up talking with a young guy who was sitting at the bar, he had worked at Taillevent but his visa had run out and he had to go back to the states for a while. We had a great evening but the staff sure weren't sure we belonged there, lol. If Bones is even hipper, we'll feel even older :)

Sep 15, 2013
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Back in Paris for 15 days!

Sounds like a plan. Flora was on my list too, but there's just so many, it went on the "next time" list.

Sep 15, 2013
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