Liz and Mary visit Paris

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Liz, Mary, and me in front of Notre Dame.

The two weeks I had for winter break were jam packed with visitors...my former colleagues Mary and Liz (travbuddy: mayerel) came to visit, closely followed by my aunt, and then my friend Christine. 

Mary had never been to Paris, so Liz and I had fun showing her around.  Liz had been a couple times, and had a list of things she wanted to do and see, which was amazing because it meant that I didn't have to come up with an itinerary.  We went to the Musee d'Orsay, to the Orangerie, the Louvre, Sacre Coeur (which I love, and which I especially love at sunset), to Bon Marche, to Notre Dame, to the Champs Elysees, to my favorite sandwich grec place on Rue de la Huchette...We even took a little day trip out to Versailles.

RACLETTE! Mika, Sally, and Loz.
  Mary was a trooper and stayed out late and drank/walked  a lot....she had to keep up with me and Liz, after all.  One night I took them to Trocadero and to the Palais de Chaillot to meet up with Asra, Mika, and Sally...we brough wine and sat and drank and watched the Eiffel Tower sparkle.  We were there for a couple hours...I was proud of Mary for holding up so long!

Since I had visitors, Sally hosted another raclette party...they'd never had it before.  Like I mentioned before, raclette is an extremely fun meal to have with friends...it's just rowdy and hilarious.  This particular raclette meal was probably the best one of all that Sally hosted.  Mary, Liz, and I brought lots of wine to add to Sally's already bountiful supply, and we all drank and ate and were  merry.

This was the best raclette meal ever.
  Our friend Matthieu and his friend Jonathan were also guests, and despite my extremely painful toothache, I ate enough to put a fat man to shame.  Later, after the meal, we played "Thinking and Drinking"...a game Mika brought us from his native Finland during which one person says the name of a famous person and the following person drinks while trying to think of another famous person whose name begins with the first letter of the other famous person's last name.  Get it? :)  For example:

Mika: Brad Pitt

Me: Penelope Cruz

Sally: Chris Brown

Etc.  So, needless to say, since you can't repeat names, there ends up being lots of drinking.  It's a fun game...try it sometime.

While we had a great time in Paris, we were really getting excited about our upcoming adventure to Morocco, where we'd be spending three days...

mayerel says:
God I miss the sandwich grecs!!! SO good!
Posted on: Aug 23, 2008
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Liz, Mary, and me in front of Notr…
Liz, Mary, and me in front of Not…
RACLETTE!  Mika, Sally, and Loz.
RACLETTE! Mika, Sally, and Loz.
This was the best raclette meal ev…
This was the best raclette meal e…
Cutting limes to put in shots of e…
Cutting limes to put in shots of …
Shots out of teacups.
Shots out of teacups.
Getting tired...
Getting tired...
Versailles.
Versailles.
Me in the gardens at Versailles.
Me in the gardens at Versailles.
Arc de Triomphe and Mary.
Arc de Triomphe and Mary.
Wine (and water, in Marys case) a…
Wine (and water, in Mary's case) …
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