Dinner party was a great success. Food was very good, and as the cook I am allowed to say that, the wines were excellent and the guests were charming and witty, in English and in French. As the evening advanced and the level in the wine bottles lowered, we were given some hilarious lessons in idiomatic French, many of which cannot be used in polite company. Birthday cake was excellent and we sang Happy Birthday in both official languages. Party ended late in the evening when the wine ran out. Great fun!
Weather broke yesterday and today, as I write this, the sky has opened, but at the moment, in a very curious way. One half of the sky is blue and we can see the Eiffel Tower through our window in bright sunshine. Out of the window from the other side of the apartment the sky is dark, threatening and teeming with rain which is pounding on the roof.
Walked the Marais yesterday and ended up at Georges in the Pompidou Centre for a late lunch with Jane and David who leave today for the UK. Our week together has been fun and enjoyable but they are off and we have the apartment to ourselves for two more days until we pick up our rental car and leave for Burgundy.
Restaurant George is atop the Pompidou and is very elegant but the service is slow and the food middling. The views however more than make up for it, as it is enclosed in glass walls which stretch from the floor to the 10 metre ceilings and even through the rain the view was astounding.
Walked home in the rain, bought a very good little chicken for dinner, lit a fire and watched the rain pour down.