Lay of the land

It’s freak’n hot! Seriously, I did say, “I’m tired of the rain and the green”, but this is unseasonably hot for Paris. That aside, I made plans to check out the uber-trendy concept store “Colette”, per my son’s request. The walk took me longer than expected, did I mention it’s hot out? I needed to stop en-route for a couple water breaks in the shade.  So what’s all the fuss about “Colette”?  Apparently, “Balenciaga” is taking over the store this summer with a special art installation, including limited edition pieces in the men’s and women’s collections, exclusively for “Colette”. I ventured inside, not knowing what to expect, clearly, I wasn’t the only one to hear about this collaboration. A lot of cool T’s, sneakers and hats,(my son is cringing at my lack of description) to be honest, I wasn’t sure what to make of it, perhaps lost on me? I’ll need him to walk me through it when he arrives.

But! Across the street, I notice a small boutique, home to “La Collection Privee Christian Dior,” this is not your regular line of Dior perfume. The private collection has been around for a couple years, but they’ve introduced a handful of new scents for spring/summer 2017. Sakura (cherry blossom) caught my eye, and voila! I’m in love! I’ve been a Chanel girl for more than 30 years, (purchased my first bottle of Cristalle in Cannes 1985) can I cheat on Chanel with Dior, is this possible? Sakura is an extraordinary fragrance, and only available in this Paris location, I love it when it doesn’t hit the masses, it deserves to be unique, and it will definitely be on my shopping list before I head home. Didn’t even ask how much but I’m sure it’s in the budget!

Finished my sniffing and decided to make my way home, “so thirsty”, I’ve been out for hours and still no need to use the loo, my body obviously needed all the fluids it can take. Sorry,  too much information? On my way back to my apartment, I stumbled upon the “Hotel Plaza Athenee”, having another “Carrie” moment. This is where she stayed with her “luver” Alexsandr Petrovsky aka Mikhail Baryshnikov, (did we really think she would end up with him?) WELL, it had to do be done, a quick refreshment on the patio, holy shit! 26 euros for an Aperol Spritz? May as well enjoy it, I’m seated outside with the “misters” going full force, finally feeling cooler. I look around, a group of businessmen are sitting next to me, they’re here for some sort of “Jet” convention if that’s a thing? One fellow said he sold 6, 787’s to the Egyptians, could have sold more…blah blah blah, a bunch of loudmouths (Americans) yep, I said it. I just paid stupid money for a spritzer, and I wasn’t going to get up and leave just because these yahoos don’t have any manners. What’s that expression “when in Rome”? Geez!


Making new friends at L’avant Comptoir


Finally home and I’m trying to decide what to do for dinner, I stayed in last night, so I opted to go out. Glancing at my list of must-try restaurant choices, a la Anthony Bourdain (don’t you just love him?). I wanted something fun, different and inexpensive, (since I blew the budget on a spritzer). “L’avant Comptoir” it is! Great location, on the fringe of St Germain, this is the less formal sister, of “La Comptoir”. I was pleasantly surprised, French-style “tapas”, definitely nothing ordinary about this place.  With “illustrations” of menu items hanging from the ceiling, you better have your glasses on but no worries, the friendly staff are super helpful with excellent recommendations.  By the way, this is standing room only, and wine is the beverage of choice, which is fine by me.  Standing at the bar, I met a small group of  Harvard law students and a comedian “to be”, someday soon.  We ordered different plates to share, as you do with tapas. It was a great dinner out, enjoyed with friendly people, which makes up for the overpriced spritzer and the yahoos from earlier today.




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