Tosca Reno


Thursday, July 29, 2010

Paris Day 5

Bon Jour!

This has been a glorious day. Bob and I visited the Jardins Luxembourg on the advice of one of our blog readers and this was no disappointment. I need a new gardener! The day was glorious and the gardens were unbelievable. We sat on a bench in the midst of this beauty and soaked up what was around us from the sun to the flowers, the sculptures the water and the people.

Next we made our way via the Metro (I am so proud of us for figuring this out) to Notre Dame. I was not prepared for this experience. Once inside the cathedral I could not stop the tears. Even though there were hundreds of tourists around it was still an intensely personal experience. Bob and I have enough respect for history to know what a building like this means in the course of time. Words can not describe the place. Pictures will do it some justice.

After the Notre Dame we found our way to the oldest bistro in Paris called La Reserve de Quasimodo. This was the perfect little intimate restaurant to settle down and let the church experience pervade us. We sipped old French wines, ate home made French onion soup and quiche epinards. Believe me, real men do eat quiche! Bob loved his. We too are falling in love all over again. What a lucky girl I am to have him in my life. We enjoy so much together.

Next we went to Galleries Lafayette where the French do shopping up right. WE just looked around and sighed.

So tired we didn't even want to go out, we purchased bread and cheese, framboises and a bottle of wine and are having a picnic in our room for the night. We want to be fresh for Kelsey's exhibit tomorrow. Can't wait.

Good night and God Bless,


  1. I can't believe you are doing all of this after just having surgery! Wow, must be all of that clean eating making you heal up soooo much faster:) your trip looks amazing and I'm so glad you are sharing all of these amazing pictures with us!

    Is it harder to eat clean in another country?

  2. Cute blue dress! It looks and sounds like you're having such a fantastic time. It's so sweet that you and Bob are appreciating every minute together.
    You make me want to book a trip there tomorrow!

  3. Does Bob ALWAYS stand with his hands in his pockets? lol! I think he has that same pose in every picture I've seen of him. I don't believe he's real, I think it's just a cardboard cut-out of him that you bring around with you! LOL!

  4. I love that you said you're falling in love all over again, how romantic! You two work so hard to bring us fitness and nutrition information, you deserve a beautiful time and vacation together. Take care!! :)

  5. Tosca...I'm so thrilled to hear all about your trip. I was also able to spend a romantic trip to Paris with my husband. It was during the heat wave a few years ago and we cooled off in the beautiful Paris fountains. Everyone was jumping in them. I'd love to hear what you think of their wonderful fountains and if you have visited the Eiffel Tower at night? It's spectacular.

  6. Tosca - I just think you're the coolest, and love that you're taking the time even from your romantic vacation to keep the masses inspired. Thanks!

  7. Lovely to read,Tosca. It is great to fall in love, all over again, with your most wonderful man. Beautiful example of mature married love at its finest. Woot for keeping your fires burning.

    Thank you for the lovely memory creating photos of both of you. What a personal yet public experience.
    Paris magic for the marriage..yes.

  8. Bon apetit, ma chere Tosca`! all the best for tomorrow's exhibit... I am *thrilled* to hear you and Bob feel so happy and in love in Paris... that truly IS the magic of that City.... oh, I'm starting to feel SO melancholy! :) ... you WILL remember this time, and this great ville, for the rest of your life - for sure!! God bless you both !

  9. It's been over a decade since I've seen Paris (I spent a semester there in college) and one of my classrooms was right across the street from the Luxembourg gardens. It is several stories high, and I could sit on the roof and enjoy a beautiful view of the entire garden.

    I can't say my eating was very clean then though. I must have eaten my weight in Nutella Crepes while I was there...

    If you enjoyed Notre Dame, you may want to see Sacre Coeur (Montmartre)as well. It's further from the heart of Paris, but it's beautiful.

    Also, I wonder if you've considered biking to get around? I know it's gratifying to learn the Metro system, but I heard they have a biking system in place where you can rent and leave them at different places around the city. I wish that had been available when I was there...

  10. Thank you for sharing your special moments... sounds wonderful and dreamy over there! Do you find all the french intimidating or is there a lot of english spoken??
    Also, awesome that your recovering so fast and so nicely! It was interesting to read your posts on your experience... I often think about having the surgery or not to... after having and nursing four children, mother nature rewarded me with downsizing to basically AA's.... I am basically a sister in iron, lol, and it would be nice to have some shape there too ;-) Ohhhh, to do or not to do...

  11. I've always wanted to visit Paris and all your experiences just make me want to fly over ASAP. Thanks for sharing. I would love to fall in love all over again. :)

  12. Merci de ces superbes photos...I grew up in the suburbs and went to school in Paris (La Sorbonne). It makes me want to go home and croquer un pain au chocolat (not clean...I know! But oh so good!)

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