Monday, November 14, 2011

Last weekend in Paris (for a while!)

It's hard to believe this particular Paris adventure is winding down, and that I have to leave on Wednesday. Did I get to the Louvre or the Musee d'Orsay? No. But I had a blast, nonetheless. And I learned a bucketload of French.

On Saturday evening I had dinner with my friend France, who is professor of biostatistics at one of the local universities. At the end of the evening she invited me to give a lecture series at her university in the spring. In French! I was delighted to accept -- this will certainly give me something to work on over the winter. Time to dust off those Berkeley lecture notes and translate them into the language of Voltaire. Yippee!

Last night I joined my cousin Anne and her friend Maura (both from Cork) for a farewell dinner at this restaurant, near their hotel:

Le madeleine C.

It was extravagant, but truly excellent!

On the way home from the restaurant, I visited the Christmas display windows at the Printemps department store. They were done by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, and were quite impressive:

The window displays at Galeries Lafayette were quite tacky, in comparison:

More photos of the Christmas window displays can be seen at this link:

Printemps window displays

Passed by the Grevin (the Paris version of Madame Tussaud's) on the walk home:

It's almost a full moon here again in Paris (and presumably everywhere else?)

Tonight I am scheduled to have dinner with Nancy and Gabriella. Ellen and Leslie left this morning for California.

Have I mentioned how much of a blast I am having? And how I am already plotting my return in the spring?


  1. comment j'aimerais y retourner au printemps moi aussi !! profites-en bien, je continuerai à y vivre par ton blog excellent. bon retour !

  2. Oh, David, what a lovely recap of a wonderful weekend. The pic of the Lagerfeld window drew me back more than once. Ghostly, mysterious, compelling. And, for God's sake, it was only a store window! And I will report that the moon looked exactly the same in Columbus, Ga. Ain't nature amazing!