A rendez-vous in Nancy, France

9th July 2014, Park Hotel, Nancy, France. 

Bonjour dear Evelyn,

How are you today...ça va?:) It is so wonderful to be in #France-my #French seems to be coming back and it is such a wonder 'à parler en français'-to speak in French again! I just had breakfast at the hotel breakfast buffet. It is so interesting how just across the border from Italy 'Latte' becomes 'Lait', 'Formaggio' becomes 'Fromage' and 'Panne' becomes 'Pain'! I guess it's easier to pick up French if one knows Italian or vice-versa. And it is always special to speak these beautiful languages--one can never feel home-sick here again! In any case, I never really do feel home-sick in a place where I can shop a lot:). You won't believe the #Arche boots I bought yesterday-since it's summer here, they were on sale and the last piece available only in my size and so comfortable--I grabbed them!! 

I am so grateful to you for your gift of the Electric Espresso Maker! I ordered the Feine Milde coffee from amazon.de to the hotel address even before I arrived here and found the coffee waiting for me in my room-what a true friend, never lets you down:). Now I can make a good 'café' the way I like, in whatever part of the world I am. Ofcourse the same coffee tastes different in different altitudes, regions and countries depending on the taste of water, sugar and cream. In any case the Travel Espresso Maker or the Moka Express is great and works with both 110V and 230V so I can take it to America with me! 

Coming back to where I left-after writing to you the other day, my colleagues Roland and Alex picked me up from the hotel around noon and we spent the whole afternoon and most of the evening working at the factory in Arches. Lunch was pasta on the work table with a chocolate doughnut for dessert (I am not too sure if that is what they call it here!) and some good French coffee. :) 

At work in a laminate paper making factory, Arches, France. Image©gunjanvirk

At work in a laminate paper making factory, Arches, France. Image©gunjanvirk

Yesterday we didn't work but my colleagues showed me around the Old Town of Nancy. It was like a fairy-tale dream to walk the cobbled streets lined with heritage homes and apartment buildings boasting beautiful 18th century French Architecture.  

Homes in Nancy, France. Image©gunjanvirk

Homes in Nancy, France. Image©gunjanvirk

A house in Nancy, France. Image©gunjanvirk

A house in Nancy, France. Image©gunjanvirk

Apartment Building, Nancy, France. Image©gunjanvirk

Apartment Building, Nancy, France. Image©gunjanvirk

A street with cars parked on the sides in Nancy, France, Image©gunjanvirk

A street with cars parked on the sides in Nancy, France, Image©gunjanvirk

Supper was at an expensive French restaurant with outdoor seating located directly opposite a museum building which was once a palace of kings and queens. While my friends ordered wine and a big platter of cheese, I only had some simple vegetables. My mind was so full with the beauty of the moment that it was lifted to another plane and I couldn't eat at all! 

This evening we are visiting the Place Stanislas, the large pedestrianized square in Nancy which is also a World Heritage Site. 

Will keep you posted! :) g