Just by chance I read about Janice MacLeod's book, Paris Letters in an interview while surfing the net. Little did I know it would change my life!
Like me, Janice came to Paris to find a new life for herself. Unlike me, she plotted and planned ahead how she could pull it off and sustain herself for 2 years of travel and freedom from a boring desk job. Also unlike me, within three weeks of moving here Janice met a charming rotisserie/chicken guy. They are now married! My curiosity was peaked. I went waltzing down rue Mouffetard to catch a glimpse of him. Voila. A perfect look-alike for movie actor Daniel Craig. I snuck a few shots.
Then came home and did some doodles. I had to meet the gal who snagged this cute guy. Turns out Janice is a long time reader of ParisBreakfast. It also turns out that over the past three years, Janice started sending out painted letters to friends from Paris. The letters turned into a business that provided income and a chance to share her experiences with others around the world. Each letter contains a hand-written story and a painting of Paris. Do take a look in Janice's Etsy shop. Of course you can see I was influenced. Janice has been incredibly kind sharing her expertise.
We met for coffee at Cafe Regis on the island.
Janice demonstrates the correct way to drink a cafe creme...
Then I followed Janice back to her turf on rue Mouffetard hitting all the high points mentioned in her book. Cafe TournBride is where she wrote in her journal daily (not too far from the boucher shop by the way).
This is where she and Mr. Right had their first beers. When does the plaque go up? Soon I hope.
I didn't know Hemingway lived here...
Does one have to learn all the cuts of beef to snag a cute bouchere?
Et voila. The happy couple.
Perhaps a cafe table is waiting for you in Paris? Do you dream about it?
Read Janice's book to see how she pulled it off.
I wish I had instead of winging it. By the way there's a boucher I'm kind of keen on..well I'm nuts for his chicken legs anyway. I've become a daily customer.
Today he wasn't there. Go figure. A new guy was in his place...hmmm. Janice's story is unique. I don't see a butcher in my crystal ball...
There is a nice story in today's Huffington Post on ParisBreakfast by the way. Do take a look.