It started three years ago with my pastis-pouring friend whom I met on the social networking website New York in French. He is the crazy glue that holds us all together. La colle folle??
Then M. Pastis introduced me to his son's English teacher, Mme P, pictured here with her beautiful daughters.
I can't leave out her handsome husband--
Add in my BFF group, pictured among the lavender at the Abbaye de Sénanque.
They are exchanging houses with M. Pastis' mom, pictured here with moi and Dave's sister.
Then comes Bonnie, whom I met on-line through an AATF colleague here in NC, but not face-to-face until this evening.
And last, but certainly not least, mix in Jim and Connie.
M. Pastis met her on NYIF also and they have become great friends. He introduced me to her and we have been e-pals, but once again, we hadn't met face-to-face until this evening. Her sister, Carole Fredericks, was a singer living in Paris until her untimely death at the age of 49. Connie keeps her sister's memory and work alive through the Carole D. Fredericks Foundation. (As a French teacher, I must find out more about this and use some of her materials in my class this year.)
While in Paris, I visited her grave in Montmartre.
We discovered that Carole (and their big brother Taj Mahal) didn't get all the talent in the family. M. Pastis had already told me that Connie has quite a voice, so I asked her if she would sing for us. She willingly obliged and we were enthralled as she serenaded us under the stars (they have the Big Dipper in France, too!) in M. Pastis' garden.
What a wonderful evening and the time spent with old and new friends was the absolute best I could ever have hoped for as I planned this trip.
Merci from the bottom of my heart to the two people who helped me make this happen--
M. Pastis prepared a cold buffet for us featuring, among other dishes-
This salad was delicious, served with a vinaigrette sauce very heavy on the Dijon mustard, according to the chef. (The sauce was also great on his cold potato and ham salad.)
Mme P made her famous best in the whole world mousse au chocolat for dessert.
Bon appétit to all my BFF friends! Je vous adore tous et toutes!