January 6, 2008

Noel, Noel

Posted in Daily life tagged , , , , at 12:42 am by Lauren

My return to France was as close to teleportation as I’m ever going to get.* After my 24 hour journey to the States a few weeks before, my 6 hour flight passed in the blink of an eye. (Confession: It passed in the blink of 2 and a half showings of Hairspray.)

(*I lied, by the way. I’ve been closer to teleportation already. There is an elevator in the Cite metro station in Paris that goes so quickly and smoothly that the trip from the bottom of the silo to the top feels instantaneous.)

I made no effort to fight jet lag when I returned, but gave Allen a quick kiss and then slept until 4 pm. Because I’d been away for two weeks, and because we had about four days before our next visitor came (and stayed until Allen left for the States for another two weeks), we decided to stay at home for Christmas and just enjoy each other’s company.

We spent several days at Mimi and Jack’s apartment; they were kind enough to lend us its use while they were in the States themselves. Thanks to them, we had an oven at our disposal and cooked a Christmas Eve dinner of roasted leg of lamb a la provencale (that is, roasted over potatos drenched in olive oil and garlic). We toasted to glasses of vin de noix (a walnut “wine” from Grenoble that Elizabeth gave us for Christmas) for aperitifs and shared a bottle of red wine over dinner. After dinner, we watched Paris, Je T’Aime, a collection of 18 shorts about Paris and love that Stephanie gave me for Christmas.

Christmas Day passed quickly, as did the next day. Our little Charlie Brown Christmas tree (a little sapin about four feet high with four ornaments on it) wilted a bit but filled the whole apartment with the light scent of pine. It was my first real tree, and it’s one thing I’ll remember about this year’s Christmas in Paris.


1 Comment »

  1. Cate said,

    What a perfect Christmas!

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