Eva Longoria Preps for Her Paris Wedding
05/09/2007 AT 09:00 AM EDT
On Tuesday morning, Longoria, 31, and two girlfriends spoke with the clerical staff and inspected the historic church St. Germain L'Auxerrois, known as the "Parish of Kings" because of its historic affiliation and its location adjacent to the Louvre.
After lunch and a visit to the Left Bank's Yves St. Laurent, Lola and Christian Lacroix boutiques, Longoria took Parker's mother, Pamela Firestone, and younger brother T.J. to dinner at the two-star restaurant Apicius.
The trio (T.J., also a basketball player, is a star on Paris's Basket Racing team) sampled the eatery's lobster ravioli, asparagus salad, veal and vanilla soufflé. "The ambiance between her and the others was very familial, very warm," says a restaurant staffer.
It was back to work on Wednesday, with Longoria heading off to a daylong photo session for L'Oreal. Later on, she was expected at the French basketball championship finals to root for T.J.'s team on its home court, the Stade Pierre Coubertin.
The visit marks Longoria's second reconnaissance trip this year to view potential wedding sites in Paris. In January, she spent a quiet four days in France working out details of the nuptials with Firestone.
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