As a bunch of unabashed francophiles who run this crazy business, we have always had a Frenchy flavor at our store and gallery. I do get a little rush any time I talk about our French trips to a prospective client, or walk by an iconic French painting by one of our gallery artists, or even spot a decorative item by one of our home-store vendors, such as the Eiffel tower glass ornaments or the linen hand towels.
Shortly after the attacks on Paris, we set up our own little Parisian inspired table at the store, with a tribute to some of our things fun and French.
As I vowed to do in the blog written from the plane on the way home just after the attacks on Paris, I’m heading back to Paris — and over the moon with excitement.
First off, I’m going with my sweet Monsieur, who is a champ for trying to learn French after beaucoup years, and who has edged out Meg and Linda as my favorite traveling companion (and that says a lot, because they’re awesome too!). And it’s a birthday for moi – so I have secured reservations (with multiple calls and months of being “on hold”) to Frenchie, the iconic restaurant by Greg Marchant. By the way, that will probably be its own blog at some point: I’m excited to go as we’ve been big fans of Monsieur Marchant’s book at our store but what is with their reservation system? If dinner is as good as it’s cracked up to be, all will be forgiven. Will it make it to edge out one of our top three favorite restaurants in Paris? Stay tuned.
And then, there is nothing like Paris at Christmas. We do a little preview of it at the store, with some of our darling ornaments and wonderful Parisian holiday decorations.
But for me the highlight of Paris at Christmas is going to the gorgeous American Cathedral and singing the Carols in the oh so familiar and extra special bi-lingual “Lessons & Carols” in French and English, and then walking down the Champs Elysees and fortifying ourselves against the cold wet weather with hot wine or bubbly, and heading to my Monsieur’s favorite place in the world, “L’Entrecote” for a very predictable and always delectable, mouth watering steak frites.
And finally there is family. We’ve been to Paris and Provence quite often with family, but this year will be extra special as one of our “extended” family members (the daughter of my best friend), who is on a Fullbright scholarship in Europe, had a restricted visa that limited her travel capability during the year. So this is the wonderful world we live in, thanks to Delta and accumulated frequent flyer miles: If she can’t come home, we will all go there! And thus, we will spend Christmas with our daughters and their best friend, and our best friends, in France. Foreigners in a foreign land, that feels like home.
It all feels very special and exciting, and we’ve got so much to be thankful for. But none of this would happen if it weren’t for our amazing, dedicated, hard working (and fun loving!) Huff Harrington family, holding down the fort back home. I wish I could take every one of them along (in addition to Martha Douglas and Heather, who are missing from our “Huffington” family picture)! At least I know they will all have a full three days off this year, as we will be closed December 25, 26 and 27 (but accepting orders on line, so you can still shop!).
Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all of you! Thank you all so much for being along for our ride and may the spirit of the season fill you with warmth, laughter and joie de vivre!
PS: It’s not too late for you to join in on the Parisian fun! We still have a couple of openings for our upcoming Shopping Trip to Paris, March 9th to 15th, 2016. Now that’s a nice gift that will tuck nicely under any tree!