Mes amis, it’s been one fun-filled week. That time is now coming to an end and its been a special time for all. As my mother would say after a great travel abroad experience, “I have no sad stories to tell”. This has been “April in Paris” for real. So many times those preparing to join us would ask, “What’s the weather like at that time of the year, I’ve heard it’s cold and rainy”. I must say, I’ve never had a bad April. For the last 3 days it’s been in the 70’s, shirt-sleeve weather by day and a light jacket in the evening. Now don’t get me wrong… She can be very unpredictable. You just must pack smart and be prepared for whatever.
Yesterday as I escorted the museum lovers on our leisurely walk to Musee’ Quai Branly (K Bran lee) Quai means along the river; I could only marvel at the beauty we were witnessing as we approached the Seine River with lady sunshine beaming down on us, passing the flame above the tunnel where Princess Diana met her untimely death, crossing the bridge with the magnificent Eiffel Tower to our right, watching the boats with tourists sail up and down, remembering my beloved mentor, Dr. Wesley Johnson, whose ashes were scattered from a barge on this very river.
As I mentioned in the last blog my daughter DeeDee was on this tour after coming when she was 9. I was totally blown away when she reminded me today, “Mama I remember when back then you taught me how to tell the left bank from the right bank”.
Really??? It’s amazing what our youngsters soak up and remember.
Sista Ricki Stevenson of Black Paris Tours invited me to 2 fabulous parties this weekend that I had to pass on since I was on Mima duty so DeeDee could have a good time in London and Amsterdam. Oh, well, there will be others. It’s been interesting watching the young and the young at heart do their thing and tell me about their experiences. Mother and daughter, Barbara and Ebony Thomas, from Durham and DC respectively, enjoyed venturing out on the FAT TIRE BIKE TOUR. What a way to see the city. On Sunday night, Son-in-law Santana and his buddy James stumbled upon a very Secret After hours joint off the Champs Élysées. There were about 50 party goers in line hoping to get in. Security and bouncers were doing their diligence in not only selecting who would enter but then picking and choosing whose money they would accept after the first selection. San and James skipped the line, pointed to themselves, said “NFL” they’d take a table for 250 euros and bingo bango they were in and down to the cellar they proceeded. They discovered hip hop was played on Sunday nights and the club did not close until 8am. I loved the story about the 70yr old cat sitting solo at a private table pouring himself small shot after shot from the 4 magnums of Grey Goose in front of him. He had to be waiting for some cute little model type, male or female to join him.
Love was in the air! James and Tiffani packed a lunch with champagne and took off for an intimate picnic in the park. They came prepared with their special lock to tie onto the love lock bridge.
Last night was our dinner at a French restaurant and afterwards, Paris by night in a Limo. Judging from the comments last night and this morning; everybody had a super time. It was one fabulous evening. We were Rollin in 3 stretch limos— 2 white and 1 black. The champagne was Flowin and the cameras were flashing and when we stopped for a photo opp as Ms Eiffel twinkled and sparkled on the hour everything became magical.
Today everybody was getting in last minute shopping, visits to museums, a trip to the Palace of Versailles, skip the line at the the Eiffel Tower and last but not least….packing to fly home tomorrow.
Will there be a Paris 2016? I can’t say, the jury is still out. Will there be Paris 2017. Who knows, stay tuned! But for sure in 2016 KATTRAX will go to AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND MARCH 4th. VIETNAM, BANGKOK, TOKYO APRIL 4th. COLOMBIA, BOGOTA, CALI MAY 7th for AFRO HERITAGE MONTH. SEPT 23rd CRUISING THE MEDITERRANEAN FROM BARCELONA FOR 8 DAYS — STOPPING AT VARIOUS ITALIAN PORTS O’ CALL INCLUDING MARSEILLE, FRANCE AND PALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN. If you want to know how you can be down, the time is now….so email me.