Pippa Rea

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A Final Parisian Night to Remember

We had deliberately and purposefully not seen Paris at night time. We discussed that we wanted to save it until our very last night and make it out Grand Finale. I honestly do not think we could have ended our stay in Paris any better.

We started by having dinner up the Eiffel Tower. It was a little bit fancy and a little bit special………

 

 

Then we had arranged for Sara and a friend to pick us up on their pedal taxis.   We started our private “Paris by Night Tour” with seeing the Eiffel Tower light up the sky. It was simply breathtaking! We continued up to the Arch de Triomphe, down the Champs Elysees, along the river to the Lurve and Notre Dame and home to our apartment. An hour and a half of riding through a different Paris than what we had come to know; experiencing a freedom and tranquility that you don’t get during the day. By doing it on our own with our lovely Sara to escort us made it a night to remember forever.

 

The thought has crossed my mind since, why I didn’t give Patrick a job for two weeks with Sara and Gonzalo……..????? At one point on Alessandro bridge when he took off on Sara’s bike we all wondered if he was actually going to come back!

It was truly the most amazing and special way to end our visit to the city that has made Pippa’s dreams come true. Her eyes have sparkled every day, just like the lights on the Eiffel tower, and her smile has not once left her face.

I truly hope the magic of Disney, Paris and in particular the Eiffel Tower have rubbed off forever on Pippa and our family. Pippa is the sparkle that matches the Eiffel Tower.

Farewell Paris, it’s been incredible.

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Frogs Legs & Snails

We couldn’t come to Paris without trying frogs legs and snails! Pippa thought frogs legs tasted just like chicken and snails don’t have much flavor at all but their texture is perhaps a bit like mushrooms. We went to a very authentic restaurant in the Latin Quarter near Notre Dame and of course the restaurateur was completely captivated with Pippa.

On our last day we took Libby around a few of our favourite local streets, just wandering like we had done some many times before and taking in all that Paris is.  We included a stop by the infamous ice cream shop and stocked up on some really lovely souvenirs from gorgeous little shops in Isle St Louis.

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Love Locked

We wanted to place a padlock on the famous “Love Lock” bridge in Paris, Pont des Arts.

Libby kindly brought us over a padlock engraved saying

James Patrick Pippa Ginny Forever x

Pippa had asked exactly what she wanted engraved but then she remembered that there was one other name she wanted on it so on the back she wrote Nibbles

Pippa found a place on the bridge and we threw away the keys, locking our love forever.

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Jardin du Luxembourg

We spent the most beautiful day picnicking in Jardin du Luxembourg. Terrine, salads, baguettes, strawberry tarts, raspberry tarts, chocolate tarts, pear tarts (plenty of tarts!) and wine…….

Patrick is mortified that in most of the gardens in Paris you can’t step on the grass and yesterday they even had police patrolling the edges! Luckily he didn’t bring his footy – we could have had an international crisis on our hands!

Patrick, James and Pippa all sailed gorgeous toy sailing boats on the lake with the Palace as a backdrop. They played in a playground that you had to pay entry for, we wandered the grounds and Pippa rode on a pony though the canopy of autumn trees.

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Bonjour Libby

Today Libby arrived and other than that we dedicated it to resting and relaxing in the apartment.  We greeted her with champagne, foie gras, camembert (at the very convenient downstairs cafe), a full fridge of macaroons and crepes ordered from a hole in the wall!

We have many more fun things planned to share with Libby for our last two days in Paris!

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Macaroon Chefs

After seeing so many pastry and cake shops we had to try our hands at the art of perfecting infamous macaroons.  Cook’n with Class is a small cooking school in Paris near Montmartre.  A taste of France, A love of Cooking…….It sounded just perfect.  We were in a small class of 6 people and across 3 hours with the guidance of our lovely French pastry chef, Constance, we made 3 different flavoured macaroons.  Whisking, stirring, brushing, piping and banging.  Yes, banging!  That surprised us all! Constance dropped the tray without warning creating a very loud, impacting bang!  It didn’t take long before we realised that was part of the art so off we all went on “banging” the air out of the macaroons!

Our favourite?………Salted butter caramel of course!

We will be sure to try our new skills out when we get back to Australia!

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