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Christian from Toulouse was in town for a week following his visit to his sister to meet his newborn baby niece. I also got to meet baby Fantine last weekend at the maternity in Poissy. What a little angel, with giant hands and feet! Here she is at just 3 days old.
It was a nonstop, action-packed week full of so many wonderful things including new musical discoveries thanks to Christian being a music freak and going CD shopping every day and bringing home stacks of discs and then playing them and singing along. I particularly liked Jimi Tenor, Shneider TM, El Guincho, Thomas Dybdahl, and a Squarepusher record.

Christian was our guest invite for cine club. Halfway through a rather simple dinner of salad and rice (the main course had to be thrown out as it had turned rancid) we caught wind that old mate Simon whom we had not seen or heard from in years was in Paris and it was his last night. 

We watched Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and enjoyed ice cream, genepi and Chartreuse, then raced out to meet Simon at O’Sullivan’s pub. It was midnight on Sunday night! I ordered a blow job shot. We didn’t get home till 3. Simon was as adorable and sweet as ever.

We attended diverse shows like Example @ La Fleche d’or — really awful. This was  Nicole’s suggestion. Lesson:  I will sample the music first rather than attending a show blindly and deafly.

Then there was Xiu Xiu @ Le Point Ephemere – rather good although a bit difficult.

With Anne Bonpain we did 2 expos (Degas et le nu and Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931). Une passion finlandaise) at the Musee D’Orsay – splendid and the Gothic masterpiece la Basilique de Saint-Denis.

We feasted on lovely Indian and  falafel and other veggies dinners with Kingfisher beers and Chilean wines.  I also took Christian to the neighborhood hot spots including Jeita and La Timbale. Too bad the bartender was really surly and bitchy. Cocktails were good, though.

We slept in and ate lavish breakfasts with kiwis, mushroom and cilantro omelettes, pastries, butternut squash, banana nut pancakes.

Oh and I mustn’t forget our visit to Tuileries Gardens and la place Colette at la Comédie-Française near Palais Royale.

Other afterhours activities included La Maroquinerie (I turned up super late and missed the entire festival), the Goguette, the ChaCha and Lizard Lounge followed by late night chats.

Chris Rock and Julie Delpy

Julie Delpy and Chris Rock gave Christian a proper sending off at the screening of the forthcoming film 2 Days in New York last night.

What a whirlwind week!


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