Soaring gasoline prices, a horrendous exchange rate between the Euro and the Dollar. Economies imploding. It’s too easy to wish that 2008 would just finally lay down its head, but no amount of gloom and doom can diminish my good memories. Paris has been very kind – and unveiled some of her wonders. In fact, the more time I spend in Paris, the more I marvel at still untapped reserve of surprises.
So, in a spirit of gratitude – to the City of Paris – and also to Bootsnall.com (for encouraging me to explore every nook and alley of this city), I give you my list of Parisgirl’s Favorites for 2008.
Gay Pride Parade
For the first time, we found ourselves in town for the Gay Pride Parade. Normally the word ‘fun’ is not a word you associate with Paris. The Gay Pride Parade is really FUN!
Herbie Hancock at La DefenseNot only was this a great event, but it was 100 percent FREE!
Fete de la Musique Fete de la Music just gets better every year.
World Music with Blick Bassey at the Satellit Cafe This is a world music bar where you can feel instantly at home – no matter how far you travelled to get here.
Gregorian Chant at Notre Dame Cathedral Gregorian chant at night – a transcending experience.
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Favorite Day Trip from Paris: Mont Saint Michel
The Billionaire’s Vinegar by Benjamin Wallace
Paris: The Secret History by Andrew Hussey
Favorite Neighborhood Restaurant 2008:
Rue de Cinq Diamants
Memorable especially for the Armand’s warm welcome! Thanks Suzanne introducing me to this gem of a restaurant on the Buttes aux Cailles.