Saturday, October 11, 2014

Paris: Dinner at Les Deux Magots with Cuenco Cousins

My first cousins, Chickie Feraren, Manny Gonzalez, and Celine Conejos, happened to be vacationing in Paris, and we had a wonderful reunion. We had dinner at Les Deux Magots, famous for having been the hangout of Ernest Hemingwary, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, James Joyce, Pablo Picasso, Albert Camus and other intellectuals. 


Our mothers were sisters, daughters of Mariano and Filomena Cuenco from Cebu, Philippines. We cousins were close when we were children and even though we've gone our separate ways, feel affection for one another.

We wondered why the stars collided and made us meet in Paris. Some of us talked about how there are no accidents, that somehow such "accidental meetings" mean something. If I find out, I will let you know, but in the meantime, we did find the answers. Rather we enjoyed our dinner, walked to their posh apartment on St. Germain Blvd. had dessert in another restaurant, and wandered on to the Seine and the Saint Michel area where I'm staying. (Ten minutes away -- we think the same way, opting for good location if possible.)

About Les Deux Magots (6 Place Saint-Germain-des-Pres), while I enjoyed my food and wine, the food did not seen superior. It was the ambiance of the place that we savored. In the Saint Michel and Saint-Germain-des-Pres, there are many good restaurants, some of them tucked away in small alleyways. We are planning to find one such restaurant in the Saint Michel area tomorrow.  Celine and Manny write reviews of restaurants and hotels, and are always on the lookout for something interesting.

As you can see, dear Readers, my Paris visit is turning out to be filled with surprises. Stay tuned for more!

Top picture, l-r: Celine Conejos, Chickie Feraren, Manny Gonzalez, and me.

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