That's where we are going today. So it'll be an April day in Paris. We'll drive up this morning, see friends (Chris and Tony from California are there right now), do some shopping for food and kitchen items we can't get here in Saint-Aignan, have a couple of good meals, and drive back Saturday evening. I'm sure we'll find time to take a nice walk around the Marais, along the Seine, or in some other interesting neighborhood.
We plan to make a stop in the suburbs at Ikea to buy a light fixture we want for our kitchen. Then we'll go to a spice shop in the Marais called Izraël to see if we can find some smoked paprika from Spain and some ground hot chili peppers from Ivory Coast. We'll also go to a big Asian supermarket in Paris to see if we can get a stone mortar and pestle we saw there last year but didn't buy at the time.
One Paris meal this time will be couscous at Le Vent de Sable in the 15th arrondissement (not far from the Eiffel Tower). We had a lunch there last August and it was really good. Another meal will be Thai food in a restaurant in Belleville, in the far northeast corner of Paris. It's a place that Walt read about on a blog and that sounded good.
After we get the new puppy in early May, we won't be free to make one of these "lightning trips" (voyages éclair) to Paris for quite a while. After Callie gets trained and calms down (if she indeed turns out to be a rambunctious puppy), we'll be able to take her with us to Paris, because restaurants and hotels in France have no problem admitting dogs, if they are well behaved. Collette went to restaurants and hotels with us in Paris on many occasions.
The weather in northern France is fantastic right now. It's not hot — around 70ºF, 20ºC — but it's very warm in the sun and the sky is a crystal blue. I'm hoping we'll have this kind of weather for many weeks and even months to come, but you can't ask the impossible.
Back on Sunday...