We left Iran, feeling like perhaps we should be going straight home. We had such a wonderful time, and were tired after so many adventures! But we had planned a stop in Paris on the way back. We were so glad we did.
We were welcomed and cared for by our dear friend and renowned fluteplayer, Philippe.
After our long flight, he made us a great lunch of smoked chicken and salad with beer and wine, and we took a two hour nap. Here is a dreamy page from Kathy's jounal that afternoon.
Then, after coffee in his garden, Philippe had us smiling and full of new energy for a while.
Rick and Philippe immediately went into the world of blissful flute playing...
We took another little nap (we had not slept the night
before at all, because we had to leave for the airport at 1:30 am from Tehran...), and then took the
train into the center of Paris by ourselves.
We were thrilled. Even though we thought we did
not need to see the Eiffel Tower, we fell instantly
in love when it did this every hour (!):
Actually, first we had coffee in French bowls and bread and jam, and then flutes! (Here he is in his workshop. He makes his own flutes.)
Rick played his new bass renaissance flute with delight.
Phillipe played us a solo piece...
After a musical morning
we took the train again by ourselves to experience the afternoon in Paris,
and Kathy called her Mom from the top of the Pompidou Center. What a magical feeling to hear her voice as clear as if she were next door...Kathy's mom was in Santa Barbara!
This was the view below, as they talked...
When we got back, Philippe, who is a great cook, made us the best dinner we had in Paris! He made us duck comfit, with an amazing sauce. We will always remember that delicious meal! His wife, Laurence Pottier, was there waiting for us too. This was our first meeting, and we loved her immediately. Laurence is an accomplished recorder player, and was just back from a concert tour. As well as performing, she teaches recorder, and directs the ensemble Les Musiciens de Mademoselles de Guise at the Nadia and Lili Boulanger Conservatoire, presenting little known Baroque opera.
We slept through our last night in Paris, and awoke early to prepare for our departure.
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