Monday, August 10, 2015

Les temps sont durs pour les rêveurs.

My dear Daniel,

Times are indeed hard for dreamers. They've always been. Lone dreamers? I can't imagine how they do it. I feel lucky to have another silly soul to dream with and to make silly dreams come true. You alluded to our silliness well. And now it's my turn to tell you how much I loved being silly with you yesterday!

Yesterday morning was dampened slightly by some welcome rain and not so welcome Suparna tummy problems once again induced by some dairy consumption (I'm so dad to note that I'm becoming more sensitive than ever to all my favorite desserts :/ ) Thanks for your patience and kindness with me as we sat and enjoyed the rain and waited for the tummy woes to pass. 

Paris in the rain from my eyes to yours

We then set out on what I will now forever call the Dan-guided-Amélie tour! Walking through the historic, cobble-stoned, and fascinating neighborhood of Montmarte wouldn't have been the same if it weren't for us eating lunch at the café where Amelie worked - Café des Deux Moulins (and having the best tofu burger, or possibly the only tofu burger, I've ever had, and finally - salad - I don't remember being so excited about salad for a long time!). 



And if it weren't for us walking uphill to find Colingnon's grocery store! 


La Basilique du Sacré Cœur
And it weren't for us along the cobble-stoned paths towards Sacré Cœur where Amélie leads Nino onto a path to find more mysteries! We even found the sex store that he would frequents/works at (I can't remember exactly, which only means we need to watch it again soon ; ) and the metro stations where they shot the movie. The strawberry on top of the sundae for me though was when we metro-hopped to find the exact metro station's (Gard de l'Est) ticket counter so we could find the photo booth from which Nino collects torn up photos to fuel his hobby. And the cherry on top of the strawberry was when you suggested we take a photo there! I've never taken a photo in a photo booth before and that was the most perfect first!


View from Sacré Cœur




At the photo booth!
From the photo booth!
All in all, it was a perfect Amélie-filled day! Thank you for being so dear and planning it and taking us on this silly adventure!

After our metro-hopping, we were right on target to take the metro to Odéon station to see Rahul and Gayatri. Rahul had many a namesake back in my class and group of middle and high school friends in AFGJI, so for convenience/ease/to avoid severe confusion, they all got named their last names...Mazu(mdar), Sud, etc (till this day, I don't think I've ever called Sud "Rahul"). Meeting Mazu after 11 years was really special! I have happy memories of walking home with him in Subroto Park after school and playing basketball. It was especially special to see him so happy with Gayatri and they are such a loving happy twosome and brought many laughs and smiles to us. 





The menu!
So these pakka Parisians treated us to a most delectable Parisian evening! We went from L'avant Comptoir - a standing only appetizer bar, where thankfully we were with French-speaking Indians who knew their wine well...to...wandering streets of Paris in a way only tourists and locals can. My most exciting surprise was not being geographically situated (which, as you know is something I enjoy) to wandering between streets (mostly because one of us would say - "What's that?" or "Let's go see that!" or "This street looks nice enough - let's walk here!") and finding ourselves in front of Pont des Arts and watching a majestic sunset fall on the Seine and our faces (all of which were illuminated and found perfectly by our self-taking-selfie cameras ; ) A delicious macaron break never hurt anyone either! 



I'm desperately trying to soak up all of Gayatri's French wisdom!
Wine well chosen - thanks Gayatri!

We wound up at Del Papa to begin round 2 of wine-drinking, laughing, soul-filling food, and happy conversations thanks to wonderful Rahul and Gayatri. I still think it's so amazing to be around French-speakers as tourists. We got such a different experience when Rahul could joke with the wait staff and Gayatri was singing requests in French (not literally, but to me it sounded magically lyrical!) 

Dessert sans cream - thanks, Dan ; )

Our macaron spot!
This day was filled with taking leaps and having an open mind. Many years ago, we took this funny, almost awkward leap, and here we are...taking chances and grabbing life by the sleeve, staring it in the eyes, and living it. 
Institut de France - Gayatri and Rahul gave us fun facts about the Rose Line and this mysterious place on our walking tour ; )

Hidden surprises on walls

The sunset I followed

As Dufayel says to Amélie, "Voilà, ma petite Amélie, vous n'avez pas des os en verre. Vous pouvez vous cogner à la vie. Si vous laissez passer cette chance, alors avec le temps, c'est votre cœur qui va devenir aussi sec et cassant que mon squelette. Alors, allez y, nom d'un chien!"

I'm glad I got you.

Merci beaucoup,
-Suparna

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