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A moments notice

After talking so often about international travel escorts,  clients and pursuits, I was told to get my passport together early this morning and catch the Eurostar to Paris. As you do, first thing on a Monday when you are getting over your weekend...! 

Now, how did the client know I would be free "just like that" to indulge this Parisienne vision of breakfast? Well, it wasn't all whimsical. Said client had phoned me last month to book me from 7.30am until 10pm but he didn't specify where or to do what. So, as always, I was up and about when the phone call came at 7.25am. It was his ever-suffering PA who crisply told me "Mr X would like you to be ready to go shopping in Paris today. The car will pick you up at 8am".

So I hastily jumped in the shower and threw some going-out-for-the-day clothes on (skirt, jumper, boots and a scarf in case you were wondering as it is unseasonably cold and the weather is no better on the Continent!) ready to jump in the Bentley when it arrived. Mr X's car arrived promptly with his cheerful driver and whisked
 me off to St Pancras to catch the train. My ticket was waiting for me in the car and he called me as we pulled up to the station to say that he was sitting in First Class already, carriage 5, seat 23b. 9am departure on the dot.

When we were finally face-to-face, Mr X explained the day's itinerary. He wanted us to do brunch (what a good job I had already eaten a little something before I left!) in a patisserie he had booked out for us and sample all the coffees this place had to offer in as many different formats and flavours as we wanted. I was thrilled. We all know my passion for food is unrivalled - especially when it has a Euro price tag attached to it and is hideously overpriced. I could almost taste a latte laced with hazelnut as he spoke.

We sailed into Paris at 11.15am and were picked up by another car promptly at 11.30. Before I knew it, we were moving through the morning traffic in search of the Patisserie. Mr X called instructions to the driver as we passed various landmarks and we were greeted at the door like royalty. Our table was laid with a crisp white table cloth and china plates, cups and saucers. And oh! The coffee pots were steaming. There was a rich aroma of percolated coffee in the air that seemed to ooze out of every crevice like a fine mist. 

I was stuffed to the brim by the time we left the shop, promising to some back soon and a few hundred Euros poorer than we had arrived. Mr X had that soppy smile of a man who has been well fed and I was trying to breathe whilst feeling as though my stomach has pushed my lungs up into my throat. But mon dieu - le cafe est tres magnifique!

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