It is our last evening in our beautiful apartment and our last day in Paris. We are curled up on our big deep sofa with the soft warm flutter of the candle lit room letting the sparkle of the Eiffel tower outside our window steal the show.
My palate has been teased and tantalised by Incredible flavours and textures. The visual stimulation; from the enormity of elegantly, eclectically, colourfully designed spaces to the tiniest details on the plates before me has been deeply inspirational. But more than anything the deepest pleasure has come from sharing experiences I never knew were possible with another truly beautiful soul.
I feel more and more deeply connected as he gently peels away layers of practiced uncertainty, teaching me to embrace the simple truth of knowing who I am. I am a lover, a lover of life and the journey of discovery, sensuality and passion that he has led me on through our Paris culinary adventure has been one of the most honest experiences of my life.
“Joie de vivre” – French phrase often used to express a cheerful enjoyment of life; an exultation of spirit.
It “can be a joy of conversation, joy of eating, joy of anything one might do… And joie de vivre may be seen as a joy of everything, a comprehensive joy, a philosophy of life, a Weltanschauung. Robert’s Dictionnaire says joie is sentiment exaltant ressenti par toute la conscience, that is, involves one’s whole being.