Another volume in the series of finding the “most” romantic spot in Paris… I have drawn upon my own experiences and those shared with me, to explore the idea of what might be considered the most romantic spot in Paris. There are romantic places to stroll in the scenery of this beautiful city…. there are places to dine and tempt ourselves with taste. There are the ever sensual arts. And there are also places to ignite the other senses of and thus the heart strings.
In the begining of my romance with Chéri, he took me to a place that I have since lamented as it closed down…Les 7 Lézards. It was a jazz bar, a very well-known one, where we had our first kiss. A cozy and sultry place, it oozed sensuality, not only with the fantastic music it offered but also from its warm and inviting interior. The bar has long since closed its doors, but their website still remains, maintained by a group “Friends of the 7 Lézards” who can’t seem to let go of this legendary place.
Photo : Prête-Moi Paris
The third year of the Coupe d’été Row Boat Regatta saw a bit of weather trouble (like last year) and the event had to be postponed from the 15th of July to the 21st of July. It seems the weather in Paris during the Summer is not what it used to be. This caused the participation levels to drop dramatically, and other than me, Chéri and Lauren Cashwell, I had just a couple of participants. But lucky for us, they were some enthusiastic and très easy-going people. We decided to ditch the race for lack of participants and just picnic and paddle around the lake. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, and we hadn’t a care in the world!
The second annual Row Boat Regatta hosted by Prête-Moi Paris almost didn’t happen.
Originally scheduled for June 18th, I began scrutinizing the weather forecasts a week and a half before that date. None of them looked positive. Thundershowers. Not good weather to paddle around on the lake under! The day before, the weather forecast was so disheartening that I canceled the regatta and rescheduled. When I woke the next morning and looked out the window I saw bright sun streaming through the clouds. I shook my fist and cursed the sky to pour down rain. It did eventually that afternoon, in violent bursts with strong gusts of wind, so I felt quite validated in canceling the regatta.
The rain date came around and the same anxiety over the weather came over my head like a little pooh-bear rain cloud the week before. And some weather reports predicted rain, others did not. I said to hell with it, I’ll be there rain or shine! And if no one else shows up, I’ll have a bottle of rosé champagne to pop and I will serve myself glass after glass of champagne in a rain filled row boat if I have to! (Very dramatic, I know… It’s all part of the rough life I live as an expat blogger in Paris).
Well the day came and the contestants showed. A small crowd of ten, we claimed our picnic spot on the island, and the rowers set about figuring out how to man the oars. Sab, from the meet up group Paris if You Please who helped me organize the event, came with his lovely wife and adorably squish-able son. Other contestants, Satyam and Linda tried the strategy of let the others drink a few glasses of wine first in order to gain advantage over what they hoped would be some pretty swerving rowing… Steve’s strategy was to have a past career as a professional rower, that helps a lot. Estela and Sly played it cool and cute, pretending they were there only for the romantic aspect (being the newly weds that they are). In the end Steve’s boat won and they shared their champagne all around!
And not a drop of rain fell the entire time!!!
Cheers to all who joined in the fun and see you next year!
Prête Moi Paris held it’s first annual row boat regatta, July 17th, 2010.
It was an amicable afternoon on the lac de Vincennes, with food and wine, and fun…
But then we got “serious” and took to our oars. The battle was fierce, but the ladies prevailed and claimed the crown, er… champagne; aaaand promptyl filled everone’s glass. Victory is no fun unless it’s shared.
See you next year with your captains and crews!
Thanks to Quinn of http://quinntessentialstyle.blogspot.com/ for her photography skills!