Daddy Cool

My phone keeps beep­ing again. First one e-mail, then another. The prob­lem is that they’ve been sent to my busi­ness num­ber. Find­ing a park­ing space in the area is a night­mare once more. You have to book if you want to go out to din­ner… OK, the hol­i­days are

Milk Magazine (English) - - CONTENTS - : – : text jérôme bec­quet il­lus­tra­tions arthur poitevin

Short guide to mak­ing sum­mer last

1 DAD, WHERE’ S THE JACK?

One of the melodies that sounded sweet to our ears this sum­mer was the sound of metal boules knock­ing into each other, cloths lov­ingly pol­ish­ing them and wa­ter be­ing poured into glasses of yel­low pastis… and grena­dine for Émile, natch. Our pre­ferred ter­rain was be­neath the olive trees in Pro­pri­ano, Cor­sica. Émile has been hooked ever since. I even had to buy him a set of three boules… So I checked out three places where we can play in Paris. If ever you hap­pen to bump into us in one of them, watch out, we’re pretty good! SQUARESUZANNE-BUISSON Atop the el­e­gant Av­enue Junot, hid­den away on the heights of Mont­martre, is the cap­i­tal’s most peace­ful ter­rain. There’s only room for one game, so bet­ter get up early! For your aper­i­tif: try the pastis at Marcel, 1, Villa Léan­dre, 75018 Paris CANAL DE L’OURCQ You can’t beat the canal­side for get­ting in the hol­i­day mood: wide ter­rains with nice hard gravel un­der­foot are ideal for knock­ing the other boules out of the way. For your aper­i­tif: the ter­race of the Bar Ourcq, 68, Quai de la Loire, 75019 Paris PLACE DAUPHINE This has to be the most ro­man­tic ter­rain in Paris… Nestling at the end of the Île de la Cité, the street­lights will al­low you to play even at night. For your aper­i­tif: the ter­race of the Bar du Caveau, 17, Place Dauphine, 75001 Paris (that also loans sets of three boules)

2 Child­hood fra­grances

Hol­i­days Act 2: a trip to the Ae­o­lian Is­lands, north of Si­cily: Salina, Strom­boli and Panarea. Why? Be­cause they’re sub­lime, be­cause walk­ing on ash while climb­ing the ac­tive vol­cano Strom­boli is unique, be­cause the le­mon granita sold in the straw hut in Salina is the most re­fresh­ing in the whole of Italy and then be­cause… that’s where Émile was con­ceived! What with Bergman and Ros­sellini’s in­flu­ence, the sun on the lava beaches and the seafood pasta... it just hap­pened. Émile wanted to go there, to ex­plore this part of his­tory. It was fan­tas­tic. When we got home, we splashed out on Astier de Vil­latte’s new fragrance: Strom­boli. The scent of le­mon trees, balmy jas­mine and laven­der right in the heart of Paris… It whisks us back to the church square dur­ing the passeg­giata, next to the cel­e­brated Bar In­grid. astierdev­il­latte.com

4 DAD, WHEN ARE WE GO­ING BACK? 3 Do you need one or two stamps?

Ob­vi­ously, the hol­i­days wouldn’t have been the same with­out two pages of bor­ing maths ex­er­cises to do ev­ery day and… with­out Emile’s new group of pals! He met them at the pin­ball ma­chine in the café where I went for my morn­ing cof­fee and to read the pa­pers. They must have played about thirty games to­gether. They were called My­lane, Raphaël and Léo and made up the dream team who downed mint cor­dials, fought wa­ter bat­tles on pink flamingo in­flat­a­bles and watched movies in the open air in the lo­cal camp­ing ground… In short, mem­o­ries are made of such days as these. So why not keep in touch? “Emile, how about writ­ing to your pals? No, put down the iPad…”. Yep, I bought a re­ally cool cor­re­spon­dence kit from Papier Ti­gre. pa­pier­ti­gre.fr

Wicked idea

This sum­mer, on the vil­lage square on mar­ket day, to pass the time we organized trea­sure hunts. Back in Paris, to for­get the metro and make the most of the days that are get­ting shorter, I down­loaded the app Flash In­vaders! Why? So we could spot and “flash” all the street mo­saics of Space In­vaders on build­ings and col­lect them! For your info: there’s a huge In­vader on the Blvd Beau­mar­chais, just after the con­cept store Merci. Got it? space-in­vaders.com

The best des­ti­na­tion for a quick trip away from Paris is Nor­mandy: for the sea, oys­ters and café ter­races, head for Deauville and the newly ren­o­vated Hô­tel Le Nor­mandy. Why there? For the chil­dren’s club The Stu­dio by Petit VIP! Sur­prise, sur­prise Emile! Here’s your pass­port, which you can stamp with ev­ery ac­tiv­ity that you try, from cook­ery lessons in the ho­tel kitchen to the film work­shop and screen­ings. All in a space de­signed by in­te­rior ar­chi­tect So­phie Jac­qmin on the theme of cre­ativ­ity (in­ge­nious fur­ni­ture, work­ta­bles, etc.). Kids can en­joy par­adise while par­ents eat their lunch in peace! : Stu­dio By Petit Vip free for guests of the Hô­tel Le Nor­mandy. ho­tels­bar­riere.com

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