"Those who have experienced Paris have advantage over those who have not. We are the ones who have glimpsed a little bit of heaven, down here on earth." - Deirdre Kelly

Friday, August 31, 2012

Parisian inspiration everywhere...

"The last time I saw Paris, her heart was warm and gay,
I heard the laughter of her heart in every street cafe."
- 'Til the Clouds Roll By, Oscar Hammerstein II (1940)

Usually at this time of year, I'm in the midst of the final preparations for our annual family trip to Paris. Alas, we recently had to cancel the trip and reschedule it for June :( Though I'm trying to go for a long weekend this winter). Of course Mr. Gorgeous and I were quite upset at this unexpected turn of events. We so look forward to our family time in our beloved city. I mean 100% family time in Paris - how does it get better that? So, yes, our dissapointment was/is mighty. What to do? Well there's only one thing to do - find a bit of Paris at home to tide us over. Where? At a cafe, bien sur!

L'Eiffel Bistrot & Creperie

This enchanting little eaterie is a 20 minute drive from home, situated in the farthest corner of a shopping center that's literally in the middle of nowhere. You can't tell from this photo, but the cobblestone terrace extends around the building and has an expansive lawn with a small bandstand - where they have live jazz on Friday and Saturday nights (yeah, I'll post about that soon ;-} Their are a few dozen boxes filled with brilliant red Geraniums and bright green potato vines - the perfect spot to while away an afternoon.

L'Eiffel has an extensive wine list -
several of them delicious and very well priced

What's says summer more than a bowl full of mussels?
The appetizer menu is small but comprehensive and yummy

The best part about L'Eiffel?
They welcome dogs on their patio!

Vivre! Rire! Aimer!


Family date night @ L'Eiffel.


  1. I loved reading about your life.Your family and your love of Paris/
    I have only been to Paris one time and i love it.
    I plan to visit again.

    May God Bless You.
    You are truly a gifted person,and one who seems to have enjoyed your life.
    Perhaps, we will cross paths.
    A fellow Chicagoian. USA

    1. Bonjour Anonymous Chicagoian!

      It is so nice to meet you. It warms my heart that you enjoy my little Parisian blog that could (blush). While blogging is a labor of love, and brings me joy, the best part is meeting people like you.

      Thank you for your blessings, and I send the same to you.

      Please let me know when you plan to return to glorious Paris - it would be my honor to help you plan. There are so many wonderful things to see and do, so many great people to meet - and I must admit that sharing unique Parisian details makes my heart go pitter-pat.

      And please, don't be a stranger - it's an excellent thing to connect with my fellow Chicagoians ;-}

      In the meantime: Live, Laugh, Love,



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