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Off to “La Ville de Lumiere”

As I head off to Paris, “La Ville de Lumiere”, The City of Light, I’ve had the opportunity to see Woody Allen’s recent film, “Midnight In Paris” for a second time. It made me think how important Paris is to so many people. Not only to the writers and artists of the 20s, Allen’s subject, but to the rest of us who discovered it early and have held onto the dream of Paris through out our lives.

In my case, Paris is part of family lore. My father and my stepmother met there, courted there and spent their first years of marriage there. When I travel to Paris, I think how different my life would be if Evan and Judith hadn’t fallen in love with each other in Paris. Probably there would have been no connection to Julia Child, no reverence for French food, no distinct feeling of belonging to a culture and a cuisine that is not one I was born to, but adopted.

More important, it’s possible that my daughter, Alexandra, would not have chosen to live there, as she has now for over twenty years, and my two wonderful grandchildren, Cooper and Shepard wouldn’t be bilingual, speaking French as well as they do English.

My good friend, Janet, knowing I was on my way to celebrate my birthday in Paris gave me a very special book as a present.  It’s called, Dreaming In French, a reference to the fact that  when you finally  have mastered a language you begin to dream in it. With my daughter and her family, my son, arriving from New York and my stepmother, traveling with me, I feel that I am dreaming in French even before I leave. 

I promise a report when I’m back, with lots of commentary on restaurants and outdoor markets, the joy of choosing from a whole shop’s worth of cheeses, indulging in a freshly baked croissant as I return from the boulangerie –all those good culinary moments in the ultimate food city.  But most of all I hope I will be able to give you a little dream of Paris, “La Ville de Lumiere”.  A bientot!

Posted: 4-12-2012

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More important, it’s possible that my daughter, Alexandra, would not have chosen to live there, as she has now for over twenty years, and my two wonderful grandchildren, Cooper and Shepard wouldn’t be bilingual, speaking French as well as they do English.

My good friend, Janet, knowing I was on my way to celebrate my birthday in Paris gave me a very special book as a present.  It’s called, Dreaming In French, a reference to the fact that  when you finally  have mastered a language you begin to dream in it. With my daughter and her family, my son, arriving from New York and my stepmother, traveling with me, I feel that I am dreaming in French even before I leave. 

I promise a report when I’m back, with lots of commentary on restaurants and outdoor markets, the joy of choosing from a whole shop’s worth of cheeses, indulging in a freshly baked croissant as I return from the boulangerie –all those good culinary moments in the ultimate food city.  But most of all I hope I will be able to give you a little dream of Paris, “La Ville de Lumiere”.  A bientot!

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More important, it’s possible that my daughter, Alexandra, would not have chosen to live there, as she has now for over twenty years, and my two wonderful grandchildren, Cooper and Shepard wouldn’t be bilingual, speaking French as well as they do English.

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I promise a report when I’m back, with lots of commentary on restaurants and outdoor markets, the joy of choosing from a whole shop’s worth of cheeses, indulging in a freshly baked croissant as I return from the boulangerie –all those good culinary moments in the ultimate food city.  But most of all I hope I will be able to give you a little dream of Paris, “La Ville de Lumiere”.  A bientot!

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