Usually I am very organized, but so much has been going on with my personal and travel life that I simply ran out of time. To top it off, I have changed locations so many times in the past couple of weeks that I have no idea where most of my "go to" clothes are located. Missing in action are my favorite black pants, skinny jeans, and most comfortable sandals. Don't you hate that? What I did remember are the essentials to make my life easier while on the road.
Our sword ceremony outside the chapel after our wedding
The first time I visited the City of Light, I was with Mr. Weekend In Paris for a little romance and now I am thrilled to report that we will also celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary in Paris for more romance and some prayers of thanksgiving for our amazing life together. An added bonus is that we will be wine tasting in Bordeaux for a few days too! The ultimate best part is that our plan includes bringing some friends along. The only regret is that our boys cannot join us. They are working and studying hard back home.
Last in a group of hikers about to descend from the Aiguille du Midi
On my recent trip I learned of the dangers that hikers experience when trying to conquer one of the many summits on and surrounding Mont Blanc. Just last week tragedy struck again on Mont Blanc in Chamonix, France when six climbers fell 250 metres to their death on another peak, the Aiguille d'Argentiere. Our guide from the local tourism office explained that there are on average 60 deaths on Mont Blanc per year and many occur in the summer time when the snow melts and avalanches occur and crevices swell open.
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Le Procope has been one of my favorite spots in Paris to dine in for over 20 years, that is until now. This past winter I received a challenge to my positive review from a reader named Paul. He wrote a comment on my article that was very disturbing about both the food he ate and the service he received while entertaining out-of-town guests for an evening out. Here's what happened after I read his comments and my new Le Procope Restaurant Review:
Kirwin wines in Bordeaux
By now my regular readers know that Bordeaux is the preferred wine of the Gal Pals and when in Paris we drink it almost exclusively. That is, when we are not drinking Champagne, Burgundy or Sancerre. My recent trip to visit the chic and unique city left me wondering what took me so long make the short trip from Paris to this fabulous wine country. Now that I have been, there's no turning back. I loved every minute of it! The Guide to Bordeaux: How to Plan the Perfect Weekend first appeared in Upscale Living Magazine and was meant to be a launching point for a stay, not a complete guide. After my next trip in a couple of weeks, I hope to bring you more tips and tastes!
Dining room as seen from inside the Grotto, unusual decor
Le Chapon Fin Bordeaux is one of the city's oldest establishments. Famous for its unusual decor, this restaurant is the choice of well-known actors, artists and local Château owners. Michelin-star Chef Nicholas Frion believes that all his customers are VIP's and treats them all with respect and like family. Move over stuffy codgers, this restaurant may have some history, but its modern cuisine is definitely 21st Century!
Although the sign said private, we snuck in for a quick peek.
When it comes to being a rule follower, sign me up. I believe in rules and I abhor getting in trouble, but when it comes to Paris all bets are off. Sometimes it's good to be an "Ugly American" and bend the rules just a bit. How do you know which ones to break? Here's my gals guide to breaking rules in Paris and having fun while doing it.