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Two years ago, my husband needed to be in Europe in mid-November for work. We decided that our three children and I would meet him in Italy. After a few days in Siena, we would fly to France and celebrate Thanksgiving in Paris!
We were all very excited about this trip. We had spent the previous Thanksgiving in Madrid and it was wonderful! Paris seemed like a wonderful place celebrate the holiday together. It was!
My husband and I had several discussions about where to have Thanksgiving dinner. Understanding that it was strange for us to be in a foreign country for such a traditional American holiday. We wanted our restaurant choice to be special.
We chose Le Villaret, located at 13 rue Ternaux 75011.
The two of us had been there several times on previous trips. The food and wine were always terrific. The service was warm and friendly, but also professional. We looked forward to sharing Le Villaret with our children.
It was a magical, memorable night. The kids were excited to be going out to dinner in Paris. Usually we opt for lunch out and dinner in...since we rent and always have a full kitchen. It's easier and less expensive to have dinner in our flat. But...this was Thanksgiving. So we dressed up and headed out!
The food was delicious, as always. The best part of the evening, aside from being together, was a wine experience.
Our table was set with wine glasses for five. When the owner saw that we had three children, she began to remove their wine glasses. My husband (who owns a wine company) asked that she please leave them so that our children (13, 11, 9) could taste the wines we would be drinking.
She gave a big smile and replaced the glasses. She went on to tell us that her love of and knowledge of wine began by being allowed to taste what her parents were drinking. Not a full glass, just a taste or two.
My children love to share what they smell in the glass and what they taste in the sip. They are always right on with regard to flavors...they must take after their father:-)
Don't miss Le Villaret if you have the chance. It is not touristy or over-priced. It is off the beaten path and filled with locals. And...they happily speak English. Here are some reviews....
Happy Accidents - review from a blog- worth a look.
Thanks for reading. More tomorrow.