jerry and jean

jerry and jean

Friday, April 4, 2014

Paris Airport

Bonjour for the last time.  We are in the Paris Airport with our bags checked in and sitting at gate A38.  I have the little Web Trotter portable modem on (works great) and will catch you up on our last few days.  We are really anxious to come home and get back to normal, but also leave with such a fondness for this country, that we are always have mixed emotions.

Wednesday Kristine took off without us (we told her to) to see some galleries and just to window shop.  Jerry and I were tired and needed to do some personal gift shopping for the kids, and for me.  Took the metro to Printemps, which is a big high end department store like Sacks or Macy's used to be.

US Embassy

Even tho Jerry would like you to believe he bought the jewelry here, he did not.

My ring and necklace.  What a guy!

Wednesday night we treated Kristine to a really nice meal at La Gazette.  We all got dolled up and went over at 8:30.

 It was like old home week.  The Maitre d welcomed us like we were old friends and our Waiter from Friday night shook our hands and asked when we were leaving.  I introduced Kristine, big buddies now.  Jerry and I decided to share an entree (in France, that is the first course not main).  Pate du foie gras that was slightly heated and then had a sauce of verjuice (slightly tart).

We've eaten a lot of delicious food here, but this rated right up there at the top.
Kristine had the same salad I had on Friday with oranges and hummus.

Then the main course (Plat). Jerry and Kris both had the Dory (fish) with vegetables and I had the duck breast.  Again, just great.

sorbet for dessert. Kris Raspberry

Jean Lemon

Jerry Mango
Fun night.  Home about 11:00.

Next morning was Kris' last day.  She went to another gallery, we went walking.  Another beautiful 70 degree day.  Kris left and we cleaned the apartment and went out for dinner at del Papas on the corner.  We had a lovely starter of shrimps and salad, and a Scallopini with Marsala sauce.

still have their eyes on them Sara! but they were good.
Up at 6:30 AM.  EEEKKKK!
Now just a long flight home with a stop in Dallas.  Home tonight (Friday) at 9:00 Iowa Time.  4:00 AM Paris time.  We will be whipped puppies for a while but will survive.  So happy to be able to share this trip with all of you.  It has been such fun writing to you.  Au Revoir!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Last Blog from Paris!

Hi there everyone, this really is not the last blog from Paris, but the last one from the apartment.  We have discovered that our Internet Web Trotter is running out of memory and we don't want to pay another 30 euros for the last day, so we will say goodbye for now and catch you up on Friday from the FREE INTERNET at the Airport.

We have had such fun on our last part of this trip.  Lot of park bench sitting, and sandwich eating (french bread with chicken and brie).  Today Jerry and I went to Printempts (department store) and he bought me a ring and necklace to remember our trip.  Whataguy!

We (Kristine, Jerry, and I) are going out to a fancy dinner tonight at La Gazette around the corner.  Kris leaves to go back to Amsterdam tomorrow and Jerry and I are here one more night to pack, and clean up the apartment, then take off to the airport on Friday.

I can hardly believe the trip is almost over, yet I am anxious to get back to you all and our house.  It  has been a fabulous trip.  More on Friday!!!! A bientot!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Crazy beautiful Saturday/Sunday

Here we are in beautiful Paris, on a Sunday, just pinching ourselves with our luck at the beautiful weather.  Yesterday was Gorgeous...72 degrees, and everyone was out and about.

 First, our dinner on Friday night at La Gazette.  Really nice food, the people were so nice to us. We would definitely eat there again.

Salad with humus and a bottle of Cote du Rhone

Smoked salmon, lentils and a poached egg.  Delish!  Who dreams up this stuff?

My plat was one of the specials, Pork with some amazing sauce, and great mashed potatoes.

Roast chicken with a wine/mushroom sauce.  Also Amazing

Berry Sorbet/ coffee/ Port wine
Such a fun night.  We were right next to the kitchen window, so we could watch them cook.  A well oiled machine for sure.

Saturday, breakfast at Tanty on the corner.  Here is the walk to the metro.
Our street, Ave. Alphland

Tanty, which has the best croissant in the city!!!!

Cross the street....Arc du Triomphe in the background

Porte Maillot Metro station
Took the subway down to the city center to try and find the apartment that Jill and Jay Vanderwilt have rented for June.  
We are right on the edge of the 16th and 17th by the Arc on the upper left of the map.
Jill and Jay are staying down by Notre Dame which is on the Seine in the middle on the left bank

Easy subway ride down.  We stopped at the Tulleries to get some information at the TI (tourist information).
He does this every trip!

Bastile, the Arc all lined up

such a beautiful day for a boat ride

Kept walking and went over the bridge that has a million locks on it.  Couples are supposed to go there, lock a lock on the bridge and throw away the key into the river to signify they are bound together forever.  It is getting a little crazy!
There really isn't a square inch left, and I heard they clean them off about every 2 months or so.

Of course, another revenue source for the gypsies

Beautiful day!

Now we had a pretty good idea where this place was (Vanderwilt's apartment), and while we didn't walk "right" to it, it was easy to find once we did.

Another street mime floating in thin air

Found the street

They won't starve on this street

Voila!  #29

Lots of people out today

Sign on the corner.  Look at the bottom one.

Standing by the above sign, turn around and here is the Saint Michel Metro station
And from the corner you can see....Notre Dame.

We were starving and we found....a hamburger joint! Not usual except McDonald's in Paris Just what we wanted today.  Sat outside and had a burger, fries, and a coke.  Wasn't cheap, but it tasted good.

Walked back to subway and got on, pooped again.  Back in the neighborhood, we bought a chicken and some potatoes Lyonnaise (scalloped potatoes).  Dinner in the apartment!
You think these look good, you should have tasted it.  A lot better than a wonder chicken from Fareway!

I'm in the bedroom
Jerry in the living room!

Sunday, another nice day.  Went out and found a new grocery store, and waited for Kristine Galiher to come.  She got  a ride from Amsterdam and will stay with us for a few days.  So fun to see her.  We met her at our little corner "living room" bar.
A hug from Kris 

Eye candy for Jerry

Now we are back at the apartment waiting to go out for dinner.  Really, that is about what we do around here, eat, and wait to eat.  A few random pictures that don't fit anywhere.
Jerry punching in the first code on the street.  Then there are 2 more doors with keys.  Pretty safe place.

Courtyard windows from the courtyard

The elevator in the apartment is pretty little.
on the corner, the pastry
Macaroons, strawberry tart, cream/chocolate tart, citron tart, chocolate Napoleon and chocolate eclair

Can you say seafood?

Anyway, we are just hanging out today.  Kris didn't get much sleep last night so early night for us, and then tomorrow....who knows?  Au revoir!