Bonjour! I Choose Paris!!!

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So many choices! So little time! So many ways to spend points. I must confess; I am not exactly clear on what Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker, Carol Williams, and Kathy Streib want for the July challenge, but I must act quickly before my surgery this Wednesday. I am going to give it my best shot but if this doesn’t meet the criteria for the challenge, please let me know and I will edit it before July 6th.



I decided I would like to purchase a trip to Paris for 40,000 points. I am inviting my daughter and son to join me on my adventure to a place I never went to, but they have. In the picture is my son and daughter meeting up in Paris a few years ago for their vacation. They have traveled the world! Also, they would be very helpful to me because I don't speak French and I would be terrible on my own finding directions. Meeting Chef Endre Barath, Jr. would be exciting! I confess, I am a picky eater but with Endre preparing a six-course feast, I am sure I will be able to eat something. As for wine, I do not whine! I am not fussy at all. I love both, red and white. My kids will eat anything, especially seafood! We will have fun meeting Endre and talking about food and our own personal adventures. Endre is bound to get in a lot of chuckles about stories my children will talk about me and the crazy things we did together, especially during our many trips to Maine and Boston and how ridiculous my kids thought I was to take pictures of them eating lobster & having my photo taken with lobster traps in Maine, instead of eating the lobsters in Maine or Boston Restaurants! We all know Endre has great stories and a great sense of humor too. It it will be a fun trip for all of us! As for me, well, I will be taking pictures and writing all about our adventure when I get back.

This is my first entry for the July 2022 ActiveRain Challenge. 

Upper left corner is my son eating lobster while I was taking pictures of him enjoying his lobster dinner. Upper right is me sitting on a bench next to a lobster trap. That is the closest I would get to a lobster to have my photo taken. Bottom left: Anthony's Pier 4, excellent seafood restaurant in Boston. I did love the smell as soon as I walked inside! Bottom right: Memorial plaque in Boston about the brother of his Majesty, the King of France. I LOVE history! Plus, I would insist we spend the day visiting The Louvre! These are just a few of the topics my son, daughter, and I would enjoy with Endre. Yes! Yes! Yes! I would be willing to give up 40,000 ActiveRain Points for my trip to Paris!

Au Revoir!




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Comments (37)

Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Looks like you have a good time. Enjoy your time there, Come back tell us more.

Jul 03, 2022 08:32 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Sam Shueh - I am looking forward to it! Everything begins with a dream and a plan! Thanks! 

Jul 03, 2022 11:56 AM
Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Great choice and the points are there for the spending. Anthony's Pier 4 was a great restaurant and depending on what time of day, the speakers would announce the ships coming into the harbor and where they had come from

Jul 03, 2022 04:58 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Ed Silva - Sweet deal! That's what I thought too! Anthony's Pier 4 was an excellent restaurant. I wonder if it is still open? It was a very special place to eat, food great, and excellent customer service. 

Jul 03, 2022 05:06 PM
Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754

They closed the restaurant years ago so that the pier could be redeveloped, Such a waste

Jul 03, 2022 06:21 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Ed Silva - I was there in the late 1980's and early 1990's. It was the best!!! Thanks for the update. Redevelopment, in my opinion is always a waste and a pipe dream approved by the city that never comes to fruition. So sad. That location for Anthony's Pier 4 was excellent! 

Jul 04, 2022 06:35 AM
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 570-801-5525

Yes Patricia, agree on the Louvre, most visited museum in the world.

Jul 05, 2022 12:28 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Kris Collis, Associate Broker - I heard so much about it through the news, documentaries, reading books, and in movies. But to me, there is nothing like the real thing to solidify what it really means and represents. 

Jul 05, 2022 07:13 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hello Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP , when I read about the contest and browsed through the store, my first inclination was also a trip to Paris to eat some delicious food prepared by our very own chef Endre Barath, Jr. Perhaps we'll run into each other in Paris and enjoy a cup of coffee together.
Wishing you all the best tomorrow and a quick healing after the surgery.

Jul 05, 2022 09:52 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Beth Atalay - I will continue to dream, as we had planned years ago, to meet up. To visit in Paris while enjoying a cup of coffee with you would be a real sweet treat! The historic, landmark Eiffel Tower would be absolutely perfect. To see and converse with both Endre Barath, Jr., and yourself would be divine! Let us hold on to our dreams and make them come true!!!


Jul 05, 2022 12:53 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP ,

I'm a little unclear on this contest too but looks like you made an excellent choice and is a great entry. I'll be thinking of you and you will be in my prayers with your surgery. ♥♥

Jul 05, 2022 05:13 PM
Erik Hiss
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Worthington, OH
You can trust me for all your real estate needs!

Good luck with the surgery! 

Jul 06, 2022 06:35 AM
Wendy Rulnick
Rulnick Realty, Inc. - Destin, FL
"It's Wendy... It's Sold!"

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP I hope you recover well from your surgery!

Jul 06, 2022 10:20 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Patricia:

I hope goes well with your surgery. I'll be thinking of you.

You will love Paris - it is wonderful in so many ways. The Louvre of course is a must-see (there are a number of wonderful museums), and certainly the Eiffel Tower. The list goes on and on of things to see and do. And you can't go wrong dining in Paris with Endre!


Jul 06, 2022 04:31 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Jeff Dowler, CRS - Thank you! Visiting The Louvre and all the other outstanding world class Museums is something like a dream come true. With you (you are invited), Endre Barath, Jr. and my kids I will be feeling seven feet tall with the biggest smile on my face.

P.S. Be sure to read my 2nd entry for the AR July Challenge because I have a job lined up for you and Endre too!

Jul 07, 2022 03:33 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 

Thanks for the heads up. I look forward to reading it!


Jul 07, 2022 08:19 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Jeff Dowler, CRS - I am way beyond in saying thank you. Know that you are appreciated.

Jul 19, 2022 04:48 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Great entry Patricia!  Love the pictures.  I can see why that top photo has been on your wall for so long.  Priceless!  Best of luck on your surgery and wishes for a speedy recovery!  Love your post! 

Jul 07, 2022 10:43 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ - Thank you for understanding. Knowing that you are devoted to your family, makes you a cherished person with sacred values. 

Jul 19, 2022 04:47 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

What a beautiful family and I enjoyed reading your contest entry. Great way to spend those points, meet Endre and enjoy your kids. I could go for that lobster right now. Thanks for sharing. Hoping your surgery went well and you have a quick and complete recovery.

Jul 08, 2022 09:39 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 - Thank you for the compliment on my family. I appreciate hearing that more than you realize. Family is always my top priority! I hope you and your loved ones are doing well. 

Thank you for stopping by. 

Jul 08, 2022 02:09 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Oh, you KNOW I love that you selected my buddy, Chef Endre Barath, Jr. to be the amazing host for you and your family in Paris! Is there room in your suitcase for me to tag along, Patricia?!!!

Jul 18, 2022 10:29 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Debe Maxwell, CRS - You and your buddy, Chef Endre Barath, Jr. are in my opinion at the top of the entire AR Leaderboard. I wish to thank both of you for all the times you read my blog posts and left such nice comments. And may I take a moment to thank you Debe for all the sacrifices you make for all of us here on ActiveRain with your positive energy and willingness to lead with grace and humility. I know you have higher priorities for your family and the operation of your business. To know you make time for someone small like me and that there is so much kindness coming out of you is truly a gift to be appreciated. 
With sincere appreciation,

Jul 19, 2022 04:44 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Aww, thank you so much for your kind words, Patricia! You are NOT small (okay, maybe in stature compared to me! LOL). You are such a special person and I am blessed to call you a dear friend and to have met you in person too! Hugs and Happy Tuesday! ❤️

Jul 19, 2022 08:18 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

A little late, I missed your bon voyage party to Paris, Patricia. The menu sounds heavenly as well as the accommodations. How fun to travel with your children and for them to venture out to see the world together as well!

Hope you are recovering nicely from surgery.

Jul 21, 2022 02:11 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!  thanks for dropping by and your good thoughts. An opportunity to visit Endre Barath, Jr. and my son and daughter and anyone else who flys to Paris is bound to be thrilled with the experience. Perhaps I'll see you there after all, you wanted it all!!! Good for you!

Jul 21, 2022 08:05 PM