March 4, 2013

Paris. New Year's Eve, 2005

How French do these women look? Hélène (left) with her snazzy collar added to elevate her simple black dress. And Sabine (right) in her deep green raw silk double-breasted suit. Chic glasses. Chic hair. The occasion? A New Year’s Eve party at the Paris home of pastry chef Dorie and her husband. Three or four folding tables assembled and set. A Moroccan chef in the kitchen preparing couscous. A trip to the Pont des Arts at midnight to watch the fireworks. A return to Dorie’s for dessert afterwards. It’s the best New Year’s Eve I’ve ever spent and one that remains happily in memory.

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