Wednesday, March 12, 2014

ma fête d'au revoir


Oh Wine Bar, I think I'll miss you most of all.

I thought it was only fitting that my Le Petit Village goodbye party was held at the bar à vin, after all, I fell in love with the place the first time I stepped foot in it and had many a fun and memorable evening there. It was only fair that I bid it a proper adieu, as I would an old friend.  

The usual cast of characters were invited; Honey Jr and Honey's Honey, The Croupier, The Spaniard, Brother-in-Law and Child Bride, and The Londons. Everyone RSVP'd yes, and then at the last second dropped out for one reason or another; The Croupier's baby was fussy, The Spaniard couldn't get a babysitter (sheesh kids!), and Brother-in-Law and Child Bride were too hungover (#truestory). 

So at the very last minute, as in literally at like 8:30 (when the evening was planned for 8), we found out it was just five of us; Honey Jr, Honey's Honey, Mrs. London, Gregory and myself. But to be honest, I couldn't have been happier. Even after four years in France, a large table of people speaking French is a lot to contend with... a couple of quiet conversations fine, but multiple being shouted across a table can make my head spin. 

When we arrived I greeted Balthazar the cat and said hello (and goodbye) to all of my beautiful and delicious friends. 

Because the five of us were the only customers that evening we got to have The Sommelier's attention all to ourselves which meant I finally had a chance to ask him about the beautiful books that fill the back wall. He took a few down for a historical show and tell session.  

They had been his grandfather's and were akin to 'year in review' books full of all of the current events, happenings and gossip from the time, including the infamous marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. I was captivated! Flipping through those pages was like a scandalous frolic back through time, oohing and aahing with every page turn.  

Well, Mrs. London, Honey's Honey and I oohed and aahed anyway, Gregory and Honey Jr didn't ooh and aah until the whiskey came out. 

Bisous!

19 comments:

  1. This looks like an adorable wine bar. I miss the wine bar back at home, can't wait to go back when I visit.

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  2. Some people are just delayed Oooers ... if you know what I mean.
    I will miss hearing / reading about life in the Village but I do hope eventually you will start writing again about Life in the US ... it is still taking me time to adjust to things and I have been back in the US for almost a year.
    And I warn you ... there are times where there will be wishes to be back "there" and thoughts that "they don't do things this way back there " .. but it is lovely to understand what everyone is saying. Bon Voyage & Besitos ..

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  3. Perfection!! I'm sure your delicious friends will miss you too!

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  4. PS .... I want that chair in the photo ... now. Merci !

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  5. I think a small group is a perfect send-off! Plus, being the only customers at your fav place just sounds awesome!!

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  6. that wine bar looks so amazing and those books are so cool. what a neat little time capsule!

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  7. Are the photos a little fuzzed and out of focus, or is that my tears?

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  8. A wine bar with a cat and books? That is heaven I guess! I am so glad that you had a great time!

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  9. Savor all those delicious memories!

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  10. Wine just isn't the same in America.

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  11. Sounds like a small, but perfectly formed send off!

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  12. Wow! How interesting about those old books. I would have bloody loved that

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  13. A lovely, sentimental post. Smaller gatherings are usually more fun. I can see why you miss your wine bar!

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  14. I've obviously missed something here : what's going on? Where are you going? Why? What's happening? Please fill me in :))

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  15. What a wonderful place. I love the combination of wine and those old books! I'm sure I could spend hours there. So happy to hear you had such an amazing farewell party :)

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  16. Despite the last minute cancellations, it sounds like a wonderful goodbye party! It must feel so bittersweet to depart with such a beloved place!

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  17. I like smaller do's, too. I'm glad you had a wonderful goodbye party - I'm sure it was bittersweet!

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  18. Love this so much.... it sounds like a perfect send-off. Now if only you could ship all that wine and the cat to the States too!

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