Still discovering Paris…and our anniversary

News alert…everything written here happened yesterday. I am writing in the afternoons in Paris during the rest and relaxation time. I want to share yesterday but today is our anniversary.

Fred and I have been married 32 years and been together 37. I was lucky to find the perfect partner for me. We make a great team. He has made me a better person on multiple levels. Our priorities are the same, our interests are aligned and we completely trust each other. I truly feel that I have been given a gift. The other is of course our three kids but that has came along with the package of our life and it gets better every day. We are enjoying the day, reflecting on the past and of course, as always, plotting our future. This photo is the “wall of love” in the Marais.

So…on to yesterday. At the bottom of Montmartre, in the 18th, is a street of fabric stores. We went to take a look. There are 3 huge stores and then a variety of smaller ones. Some with fabrics, others with buttons and tassels.

We found one fabric for a project we are working on. It is really fun. Brought me back to my garment center days.

We walked around the area which is so beautiful and hilly. Had lunch at Soul Restaurant, owned by 3 women, with different food prepared everyday. It is almost like the neighborhood canteen.

There are a few neighborhood organic stores that are almost like co-ops. They carry products from local farmers (signs of them and where they are from posted on the walls). My friend would love these stores. Just enough that is fresh to sell out that day.

Dinner was at Le Dauphine, a wine bar in the 11th where we have been before. Our friend was in town so we met for dinner. Tapas to share. This shaved mushroom dish over a runny eggs was quite delish.

All and all, a nice day in Paris.

Comments (Archived):

  1. William Mougayar

    The foods quality and varieties in Paris (and France to that extent) never ceases to continuously renew itself.

  2. Ella Dyer

    Bonjour Joanne et félicitations pour votre anniversaire de marriage. What a wonderful place to celebrate. Sometime think south as in the Riviera; lovely but, a bit crowed this time of year. Safe travels.

  3. pointsnfigures… happy aniv. we did 32 this year as well. what a long strange trip it’s been

  4. Dana Ostomel

    Happy anniversary! The way you think and feel about your marriage and partnership is how I feel about mine. I especially relate to what you said about aligned interests and trust. It is certainly a lucky thing and a gift. Enjoy your special day. And thanks again for all these wonderful posts that allow me to enjoy my favorite city vicariously.

  5. awaldstein

    Nice and congrats!The depth and diversity of neighborhoods in Paris is reminiscent of what lower Manhattan used to be.A pleasure.

  6. Kirsten Lambertsen

    Best wishes on your anniversary!You’re missing out on all the rain back here đŸ˜‰ Well played.

  7. Pranay Srinivasan

    Congrats and my best wishes to you both.

  8. Erin

    Ooh! I love fabrics. I love bringing back fabrics from different countries I visit, and when my friends travel, I ask them to bring me back something. Happy anniversary!