Although Leesa and I have been in touch through our blogs and Facebook, we only met in person today. She organized a picnic to take advantage of the white and pink cherry trees in bloom at the Parc de Sceaux, just outside Paris. The skies were blue, the weather was warm and most of the trees were blossoming; it was great timing.
We were a mix of francophones and anglophones, so I got the chance to practice my French (boy, do I need it!). I can understand almost everything, and can handle some sentences, but if the words contain lots of "Rs," I often get tongue tied. I hate the French R! Who invented this language anyway.
I made prosciutto/feta/basil involtini from a recipe on David Lebovitz's blog. My ham rolls weren't as cute as David's, and there was some confusion over whether it was ham or smoked salmon, but they went over well.
I'm glad Leesa offered to meet people at the café near the chateau. That parc is huge; I never would have found the picnic spot they chose on my own. Its scale and classic symmetrical gardens remind me of Versailles. It was nice to see the chateau, built in the late 1850s, in three dimensions. I probably never would have known about this place if she hadn't written about it on her blog. Since it's only 15 minutes by train from Paris, it makes a great place to get away from the city, breathe some fresh air and have a picnic.
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