Yesterday was Saturday, our 'Go Out and Exlore Paris' day. It began in the morning with a 10am appointment at our local beauty salon. Delaney had her hair cut and highlighted, while I had a manicure and pedicure. LR Coiffures, located a few blocks from our apartment on avenue de Ségur, is a cheerful little salon painted the color of butter. Anna and Carla do hair, while Luisa from Brazil does nails. They speak very little English, but seem thrilled to see us whenever we come in. They struggle to understand what we're saying, and praise us endlessly when we manage to successfully communicate with them in French. Delaney's hair turned out beautifully.
While we were primping, Randy took the dogs for a walk and then went to the local street market to buy provisions for the week. A whole rotisserie chicken, fresh roasted cashews, dried mango, dried apricots, fresh basil, oranges, tangerines, fresh pasta, geraniums and a Lebanese pita sandwich.
He joined us at noon and we set out for Pizza Tina, an Italian restaurant on avenue Bosquet. We had pizza, beer and Orangina and planned the rest of the day. Delaney was pushing for a trip to Passy, an area across the Seine in the 16th. According to Wikipedia, it's best known to Americans for being home to Benjamin Franklin for the 9 years he lived in France during the American Revolution. Delaney's friends raved to her about its many boutiques and cafes. As we'd never been, we figured we'd give it a go.
We set out in that direction, but first stopped off to buy clippers to fix Scout's hair (a true disaster) and a lap blanket for moi, l'invalide. It was COLD! We bought one at Reve Blanc, a lovely linen shop on 155 Rue de Grenelle that we'd visited before. Claudine, the proprietor, was helpful, showing us several lap throws ranging in quality and price. We selected one and bought a new set of towels as well. Then we were off to walk to Passy. Well two walked and one rolled.
Along the way it began to sprinkle. By the time we crossed the Seine, it was a full fledged rain shower. We huddled under the eaves of the buildings waiting for the storm to pass. We stopped in a few shops. Randy bought a belt at Loding, a fine men's shop with gorgeous clothes. Eventually, we gave up and hailed a cab for home.
Once there, Delaney suggested we play Monopoly, her favorite board game. That was at around 3:30pm. Four hours later we were still in the thick of it! Each of us with our monopolies loaded with houses and hotels. We had fun! We were so engrossed in our game that we lost all concept of time. Rain pelted the windows while we enjoyed each other's company in our warm and comfortable apartment. Granted, we didn't see much of Paris Saturday. But we spent a lot of family time together and along the way, helped Delaney understand the merits of saving versus spending. Not a bad lesson to learn in these dark times.