The Experienced Travelers are primping the bows on festive packages in preparation for Christmas. Oh, Père Noël. Is this the year you’ll bring us the key to that mortgage-free flat overlooking the rue Cler?
We asked Santa to stop here after he finishes the Parisian chimneys. Our list is short and heartfelt: Christmas morning croissants from the rue de Champs de Mars, those thin, flavorful green beans from the market, one Bresse chicken, the pâté de foie gras that the Florimond makes from the recipe of Laurent’s grandmother, a case of Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, Carette macarons for Nurse, and the leather briefcase I didn’t buy in the Marais. And the key! Santa, please… the key.
So dear Readership, slip into your winter jammies, decant your cognac and come sit by the fire. We’re having a little Christmas sing-along, and a holiday reading. First, we dusted off the “12 Days of ET Christmas”
Twelve vintage bottles / Eleven lost Picassos
Ten chefs creating / Nine waiters waiting
Eight “Gordon” courses / Seven Marly horses
Six scarves from Hermès
Four garden chairs / Three baguettes / Two camemberts
And a pied-à-terre in the rue Cler
Now top up your glasses while Nurse regales us with a holiday recitation: