"The City of Love" Paris by jrgentle

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.....Anyway that same night I couldn’t pass out because I had to be on a plane at 0630 the next morning. To where you ask? PARIS. Yes I popped over to Paris for the weekend. I went there to hook up with, Luchina, one of my oldest and dearest friends in the whole world, who was visiting with her sister from Chicago. And I have to tell you that the weekend was truly phenomenal. I had one of the best times ever. The weekend had it all. I started by checking into this wonderful little hotel called Residence les Gobelins, which is in Les Gobelins. The proprietor of this establishment (Jennifer) is a Jamaican woman who has lived in Paris for about 20 years. And I have to tell you that we hit it off instantly and she hooked the brother up. She introduced me to Rochelle, a lovely young lady from Chicago, who is in Paris to do a culinary course at the RITZ. We all went to this street market called Rue Mouffetard. This place has to be seen. I can’t believe that in all times that I have been to Paris I have never been here. The place is awash with colors, sounds, and smells that literally take you away. I would like to be able to tell you more but as I try and express what the place is really like, one phrase seems to stand out. So that is what I will use. “The place is the Bomb” after this, Rochelle and I sat in the garden of the hotel drinking beautiful wine, and eating all kinds of wonderful cheese with fresh baguettes. I know it sounds cliché, but this is one cliché you have to experience. We had a wonderful conversation and I know that I have made another friend for life. Not a bad way to spend the evening. Actually it turned out to be the perfect way to start a great weekend. The next morning(she came in late that night and although I tried to wait up, the sleep monster got me) I met Luchina for the first time in 4 ½ years, her sister Leslie and a friend of theirs from London named DiDi. What followed was just a magnificent day. We walked half of Paris, had an impromptu picnic in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, hooked up with my friends, Kevin and Tamara, who live in Paris, took a boat ride down the Seine, and went to this café on the top of the Samaritans Dept. store(great view). We hooked up with Jennifer and she introduced us to some friends from Jamaica. I had never met Chinese-Jamaicans before and one of them, Richard, was just a total riot. We all went to dinner at a French Chinese restaurant. After that in our desperation to find somewhere to go watch the Chicago Bulls game, (hey, its the play-offs), I called the US Embassy to ask the Marines if they knew of anyplace showing the game. They didn’t, but they did invite us to come watch it in their house. Actually their bar. So we all went out there to watch the game and were treated really great by the Marines. They gave us real cheap drinks, and drove us back into the center of Paris after the game. I think I might have to change my view of Marines after this. We all went into my favorite meat market in Paris, Chesterfields Café off of the Champs Elysées. Where a good time is always had and you are just about guaranteed of at least sucking face. I kinda hooked up with these two Can-Can girls from the Moulon Rouge early on to the chagrin of their boyfriends. After that I ended up talking to 4 Irish girls (surprise) for the night, better still, they were Irish nurses, and those of you who have been to Ireland immediately know I had a damn good time. A great time was had by all. I caught glimpses of Luchina and Rochelle surrounded by men all night, but they were with the Marines so they was safe, Richard was with me charming the Irish girls with his Jamaican accent. While Kevin, Jennifer’s son, took notes on how “de big people chat up dem gal”. We ended the night with the funniest conversation you will ever hear. Between a Nigerian Cabdriver and a tipsy Chinese Jamaican. Only poetry could capture the pure humor of that cab ride

Alone in Paris

The next day we all kind of went our separate ways for the day to do and see things. I went to Marmartre and walked around and looked at all the street artist, and then took a nap on the steps of Sacre Coeur. I have always wanted to just walk around up there by myself and just take it all in. I was really magnificent. We all met up later at the Eiffel Tower and took another boat ride down the Seine. This time all of Paris was lit up and you see why it is called the city of lights. Well anyway as you can see I had a brilliant time in Paris.

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