Today, we are meeting with one of my former students from Hungary, Orsi. She has married a Frenchman and is living in Paris for the time being. They are both dear people and we are looking forward to seeing them again. She is to meet us at 10:30 am, but we were up early and had been out walking for over an hour by the appointed meeting time.
She was as happy to see us as we were to see her. She showed us around the city with the sophistication of a true Parisian. It was surprising how well she knew her way around. Although the day was sunny, it was still freezing cold since we did not bring heavy winter clothes. Since we are continuing to the summer of South Africa, we did not want to be weighted down. We covered the city until 5:30, when we were ready to collapse into a nap coma. There was one lunch stop for crepes and another for a coffee, but the rest of the time was spent walking. She did take us to areas that we had never been before. The modern buildings at La Defense are stunning in their visual differences from the rest of Paris.
After leaving Orsi, we went for a nap to rest up for the dinner invitation at her and Florin’s home that night. We had a light dinner of escargot, cheeses, and meats. She had a lovely selection of desserts and considering that Florin has not found work yet, we had some concerns about the cost of the dinner in our honor. Their friends Frederick and Christian were invited also. They were delightful young men and the evening sped by. At 11:30 we headed out the door with Orsi asking that we get together yet again the next day.