Favorite Souvenirs – Absinthiana

I decided to partake in Centsational Girl’s Favorite Souvenirs Link Party today. Michael and I went to France in the spring of 2006. We only had a day and a half in Paris at the end and we stayed in a lovely hotel in the Latin Quarter. We woke up to an overcast Sunday morning and made our way to see Luc Santiago at Vert d’Absinthe. Along our wonderful stroll we stopped by the Notre Dame while Mass was in progress. It was quite a sight. We made it to Luc’s and stocked up on several bits of absinthiana including the Art Nouveau lady fountain, and had a taste of a few vintage samples. As we headed back to our hotel it started to rain. Really rain. We found a delightful cafe and ducked in for shelter. As we were looking through our new treasures, the cafe owner pulled out a bottle of absinthe. People didn’t drink much of it – the ban had been lifted a couple years prior – so he was excited to watch the louching ritual. We gathered a small crowd and he gave us a few of the drinks on the house. Once the rain cleared we very merrily made our way back to the hotel, dropped of our stuff and headed out to the Eiffel Tower on foot.

Here are photos of both fountains used at our wedding reception…

Michael and our friend Al talking all things absinthe before louching up a couple glasses.

Michael and I had different flights as I arrived in France several days after him and we went for the lowest fares available. That meant his flight home had a connection in Frankfurt, where he had to go through customs with the fountain. He said it was quite a sight with him trying to explain what it was in his very poor German. They finally shook their shoulders and let him through and the fountain made it home safely. We’ve enjoyed many glasses since. As a matter of fact, I think we should partake tonight!

{ Photo credit: Stacey Bode Photography }

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