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Monday, November 10, 2014

Starbucks in Gare de l'Est, Paris



Last August, we decided to go to Paris for a couple of days. This was no spur-of-the-moment decision as a very good friend of mine was also in Paris at the time. Every year, a number of acquaintances and friends visit Paris and as you can probably imagine I don't travel Metz-Paris every time they do. But KR and I share a 20-year friendship now and she is one of the rare people in my life who has known me as a child, an adolescent, and now an adult. For those who follow my blog, KR is the same friend who visited me in December 2012 (click here, here, here, and here for the posts). Considering she was the one who came to me last time, I figured this was my turn to come to her. And like, Audrey Hepburn once said, Paris is always a good idea.


Although I planned the trip weeks ahead, there was always something that needed to be worked on. In fact, we only found out at the last minute if MR would be able to join us on this trip after all. Turned out, SO and I took the train to Paris a day earlier and he joined us the next night. Not too bad as KR and I spent the time gossiping and catching up - girl stuff aka things a man can never understand! LOL.



There are no words to describe the happiness I felt when I saw KR. It's a thousand of emotions rolled into one - I was smiling, but I also felt like crying. I've really come to realize how special having a childhood friend is. It's like she has a part of myself and that no matter how many times I move or change places, I'll never change the past and the memories we have shared through the years.



Before we decided to head out and wander in the streets of Paris, I was itching to have a cup of Starbucks coffee. Why do you think I set Starbucks as our meeting point?!? (It's been 3 years!!!!! ) I've never been a brand-conscious kind of gal but I'm in love with Starbucks. Back in the Philippines, it was a sure-spot for a decent cup of coffee, then it became the after-dinner go-to place when I was out with friends, and it was also the I-need-a-break-in-between-shopping resting place when out with the family. So aside from loving the coffee and amazing fruit drinks, I really have great memories of this place - and apparently, nostalgia seemed to be the theme of this trip.

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