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Saturday, 4 August 2018

Paris - le diner Blanc

My daughter Emma ( asked if I would like to go to Paris with her to attend the 30th Anniversary of le Dîner en Blanc. 
Dîner en Blanc is a worldwide event, spanning six continents and has grown to over 70 cities.  The concept began in Paris in 1988.  People gather to dine in a public location which is kept a secret until the last moment. Diners are requested to dress only in white for this chic occasion, and bring their own food, tables, chairs, a proper table cloth and cutlery etc.  Everything must be white and classy. 
Our visit to Paris culminated on the Sunday evening with the diner.   We dressed in our best white finery and set off down the road to the metro with table, chairs, food and champagne in tow, while trying to maintain an air of Chic which was quite hard as it was hot.   We had to take 2 metros trains to get to our designated meeting point which in itself was quite an adventure.   
It was funny to see other people dressed in white all appearing from different directions and as the numbers grew so did the anticipation of where we would be heading to. 
Eventually we all set off with our dining necessities in line, it must have looked like quite a strange procession to passers by who didn’t know what was going on as thousands of people starting heading to the secret location.   
As we arrived at the Esplanade des Invalides there were already thousands of people setting up their tables and meals in rows.  It was quite a rush to get set up our table and some people had very ornate decorations for their table and lavish meals.   There were 30,000 diners present for this anniversary Dîner en Blanc.
It was an amazing spectacle to see.  As the evening progressed and the sun set over the beautiful Paris skyline we enjoyed a wonderful dinner in a once in a lifetime setting while getting to know our neighbours and where they had travelled from, all over the world.    We were handed sparklers to light and at 10pm as the Eifel tower sparkled so did 30,000 diners.      (The Eifel tower sparkles on the hour every evening from 10p to 1am.) 

It was truly a wonderful evening, full of fabulous people and lasting memories.     If you get the chance to attend in any city, take it! 

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