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Paris Comes to Portland

category_bug_journal2.gif One of the pleasures of blogging, unexpected - even unimagined when one begins - is new friends. People who live miles away, on the other side of oceans, halfway around the world can become as friends who live only around the corner.

Can you guess who this is doing what she does best, this time on Casco Bay instead of the City of Lights…


Why it’s Claude, of course, of Blogging in Paris and it’s been my extraordinary pleasure, these past two days, to finally meet in person a blogger with whom I felt a simpatico from the first time we exchanged some email more than two years ago.


Yesterday, under deeply gray skies but no rain, we walked the Old Port area of Portland, Maine, while Claude took literally hundreds of photos. Then ML of Full Fathom Five, who lives in a nearby town, joined us for lunch at Walters – three elder women laughing and talking, words tumbling on top of one another for more than two hours. It doesn’t get better than that.

But I left out Claude’s arrival on Tuesday evening. She had let slip in a telephone conversation that lobster is a favorite food. Well, she came to the right place for that and I took it as an excuse for a feast of what is one of my favorites too.


Be sure to read more at Claude’s place


Your visit sounded fabulous. And it's always nice when you have a local food that a lot of people love -- lobster. A few years ago, I had an exchange student from Brazil at my house. On her last night in the U.S., I set up tables in the yard and invited a bunch of friends over and we had a lobster feast.

It doesn't get better than that!

Lucky you and lucky Claude! I'm sure I'm not the only other blogger that is quite envious of BOTH of you.

Wish I could do that!

Sounds like all are having a great time -- as it should be. Will be looking forward to Claude's future photos when she gets back to Paris.

Well...I agree with the others...such fun!I'm waiting to welcome friends to this part of the world!

It will be interesting to see Claude's view of our side of the ocean.

How great that you and Claude had a chance to visit. A very nice bonus that came your way through blogging. Those lobsters look incredible...lord, I love those things. I haven't had one in ages...I hope you both enjoyed every last morsel.

The color of those lobsters on that plate just takes my breath away! Thanks for sharing your fun visit with us.

I don't know whether to cry or ....?
I'm certainly drooling!
Living in south central NM does not lend itself to such gastronomical indulgences.
Thanks for the picture, at least. :)

Many moons ago I had my first, and only, lobster dinner in Pemaquid, Maine. I had a friend who grew up in Maine and had raved about lobster so I looked forward to my gourmet treat. I was not disappointed and regret having to make do with lobster tail here in Arizona. The beautiful photography and color of the lobsters brought back a fond memory.

What a treat!!!!!! 'Envy' doesn't cover how I feel but I'm so happy you all had such a lovely time. you! I never cease to be amazed to discover that behind the pixels on a computer screen there really is a wonderfully kindred spirit! In the many years I've been online, I've had the pleasure of meeting quite a few online friends and, most of the time, it's a case of old friends who have never met before! And I'm so very glad it was so for y'all.

This is so neat, Ronni. It seems there's been lots of blogger meetings going on recently. I caught Millie and Claude's adventure in Boston also and enjoyed reading about yours with Claude.
The world of blogging is so much more than writing words every day. I was fortunate last week to meet some blogging friends in the Blue Ridge Mountain area.
And that lobster of yours looks mouth watering!

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