One of the most exquisite suburbs, located 20 minutes west of Paris, lies Le Vesinet, known for its lavish homes, parks, lakes and rivers. It was here that Josephine Baker purchased her mansion, “Le Beau Chene” in 1929. Even though Sunday is a free day for everybody; I couldn’t pass up this excursion with Monique and Tom of Discover Paris!
We had a complement of 13 guests that signed up for this activity. Today was the annual Paris Marathon so the town was alive with thousands of of people. Our meeting time on the Champs Élysées was at 1130 am , the race had been in progress for a couple of hours so there was no congestion. Tom, a great photographer, took a group photo with the Arc de Triomphe in the backdrop..
Kristie and Jim, owners of Villa La Riante, were expecting us for lunch at 1230pm. Upon entering the villa ,aromas of Thanksgiving filled the air. The table was set beautifully and an incredible spread was prepared for us. It took them 5 years to renovate this villa that was built in 1869 and it is now a magnificent Bed and Breakfast. We began with an aperitif —–a kir, followed by an assortment of hors d’oeurves, followed by a salad of mixed baby greens, cranberries, and nuts. The main course consisted of baked Cornish hens stuffed with foie gras accompanied by wild rice and mushrooms and carrots. Next came an assortment if the best cheeses. Red and white wines flowed abundantly and my 3 lovely couples from Las Vegas kept my table of 10 well entertained with animated conversation. Dessert was a slice of decadent chocolate and Kailua cake, all prepared by our gracious hostess, Kristie. This is the place if you want that bed and breakfast experience and still be close to the city
Wow! What a culinary delight. We all enjoyed the afternoon tremendously and those continuing on would visit the grounds of Josephine Baker’s mansion and stroll and learn about this lovely town.