Paris, Here I Come!

by Sarah on March 8, 2009

A 10 day vacation to Paris with an overnight layover somehow just landed in my lap. This was not planned, and not even something I considered till G said I could have his airline miles to get a free ticket. Here’s the whole saga:

My pal, L, is unfortuately splitting with her spouse. Obviously, this is a difficult time for her and she wants to get away. L also has a friend, S, that is currently living in Paris. I guess S has been asking L to come visit for a while. L decided that her tax return and spring break meant that now’s the time. Of course, I balked, it was coming up fast (this was decided in late Jan, early Feb) and after my birthday trips I couldn’t do it. That’s when Prince Charming comes in and offers up his airline miles for the ticket.

**G used to be married to R. They liked credit cards. They accrued many miles and points that never got used. I am now reaping the benefit of their defunct marriage’s overspending habits.**

So anyway, I’ve got a ticket for free, a place to stay for free, how can you say no to that? The answer is YOU CAN’T.


I’m actually flying in a couple days ahead of L because of the free ticket restrictions, so I am staying in a cute little hotel in the Marais area and am looking forward to having a couple of days to meander before we get to the hardcore sightseeing, shopping and eating.

Here’s something fun that we’re doing that I found out about from a friend:
This guy hosts a Sunday dinner every week. You have to contact him to get invited. I bet we’ll meet some interesting characters.

I also have an overnight layover in NYC coming home so decided to make the most of it. I got a hotel in Midtown–again with the credit card points!–and am going to try to go to the MOMA and take myself to dinner at this place–
Here’s what Anthony Bourdain says…”There is better French food in New York these days than what they’re serving at Le Veau D’Or. But if you can’t have one of the kooky-great times of your life at this absolutely untouched by time frog pond — with its delightfully irony-free, 60-year-old menu? Then you really have no true love for French food — and certainly nothing resembling a heart. It’s the bistro that time forgot — a last link to a golden age of tableside carving, curly parsley as state of the art garnish and desserts seen last in the pages of the Larrousse Gastronomique”.


There can be no place better suited for me. If you don’t already know, I have a fetish for all things 50’s/60’s era haute cuisine. I devour old books by James Beard, Craig Claiborne, Jacques Pepin and Pierre Franey. I have spent WAY too much time trying to recreate dishes of this era, but people nowadays just don’t get aspic. I’m even tempted to wear vintage and go crazy but I don’t want to pack all that stuff. Needless to say, I’m very excited about Veau d’Or. I got my reservation yesterday.

I’m going to do my best to blog and post pictures while I’m away, thanks to my friend W, who is graciously letting me borrow one of her laptop computers so I can still be connected to the internets.

Only 8 days to go!

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