Just to prove that I’m enjoying something other than food during this trip to Paris, today we have this tiny kitten. I met this little guy on our first night here when we had dinner with our friend Zélie and snapped several photos. We were sitting outside and the little cat was just behind the window, jumping up to see us, batting at the glass, and then ducking back down again. Not sure where he came from or who he was dining with, or why a cat was allowed inside a restaurant for that matter, but he was incredibly cute and fun to watch. These little moments are far more memorable than the famous attractions and will be the ones I treasure most from this trip. Well, there is the food, which I’ll also miss very much, but mostly the beautiful time spent with family and friends.
Tomorrow, we’re heading to Disneyland Paris primarily to check out the Ratoutille ride, but, of course, we’ll be enjoying all the other rides as well. Philippe’s brother lives nearby so we’ll be going there after our day of pretending to be kids again. After that, there’s just two more days here before we head back home on Saturday. It’s been a delightful trip, and since we’ve spent much of it just hanging out and not attempting to run all over the city, it’s been incredibly relaxing as well. I definitely need to start working on my French seriously now, so I can better converse and understand the many conversations around me. I say, “my French,” as though I had any at all, when in reality I’m still struggling with the basics. But I’ll keep trying.
For now, I’m just thrilled to be here, surrounded by wonderful people whose company I really enjoy. Philippe and I decided we are going to make an effort to return each year. Life is too short to miss out on those little moments shared with family and close friends. And I feel lucky to be able to experience the reality of Parisian daily life, far beyond the Eiffel Tower, tucked away in the little neighborhoods most Americans never get a chance to visit. But if you do, I would highly recommend finding your way to Les Artistes on Rue Didot for Happy Hour. Bring a good friend and have a seat outside for a lovely drink. Relax and fall in love with the slower side of Paris life. And if you’re lucky, you might have the extreme pleasure of finding out you’re not alone, and getting a visit from a curious little cat behind the window.