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Monday, November 1, 2010


The weather forecasts for the last few days had predicted rain. Fortunately, they were wrong.  We've had perfect walking weather -- cool and partly sunny.  We've put a lot of miles [er ... kilometers] on our shoes. It's thirsty work, and we stopped for coffee and water in the Latin Quarter at the famous Cafe de Flore near the church of Saint Germain des Prés.  It's the "Latin Quarter" because this is the university district and in the old days the only language used at universities was Latin.

Then in a fit of enthusiasm, we walked all the way back to the Avenue Montaigne, where we enjoyed a late lunch at L'Avenue, whose tall and slender waitresses are made taller by wearing the new high platform shoes with even higher spike heals.  

The clothes may be cutting edge, but the menu is very serious. Mr. Wonderful ordered the "magnifique côte de veau de race limousine de parents connus," which translates as the large veal chop from the type bred in the Limousine region with known parentage.  I giggled, and two ladies at the table next to us explained that it is very important to know the parentage of your meat.  OK, next time we go to a steakhouse at home, I'll be sure to ask about the pedigree of my filet.


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  2. Glad you're safe and having a great time....we can't wait to hear all about it!!!


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