Wednesday, 26 September 2007

Bonjour from Paris!

Hi friends!
Thanks for replying so quickly. Yes, I think I am having sensory overload!
The other blog is up and running now if you want to check that for our progress.
G'day all
Hope this gets into cyberspace. Kate is zonked out right now. A long flight but in her words 'not nearly as bad as I thought it would be'. Well I'd hate to see her after a bad long flight. Anyway she is also annoyed because we couldn't log onto the blog sight and update on our first big day in Paris. So while she sleeps at 8pm at night I reboot and wham oh we are in business.
In the middle of a long flight.

Got to our apartment at 18 Rue Moliere in Arrondisement no.1 just 5 minutes before the appointed hour of 8:40am courtesy of Malaysian Airlines and the Roissybus and some good planning on the net. Our greeter, Meseem, was a nice guy who made sure everything was set and apologised for being late. Our apartment is in a relatively quiet street smack in the middle of Paris (full report on the apartement after 1 week).

From our window, looking towards Rue de Richelieu.

Rue Moliere, looking towards the Ave de la Opera.

After a quick shower we went for an explore of the neighborhood. There is a restaurant directly across the street and a patisserie just 50m along Rue Moliere. As I found out today that is normal in Paris!

I have to say that this is just an incredible place. Everywhere you look there are fantastic buildings. I don't just mean the occasional nice old building, I mean everywhere you go in central Paris is just amazing. The only other place I have been that is comparable is New York but New York is an engineers dream. Paris is an architect's and historian's dream.

Enough about the buildings, Of course the Gardens, ie the Jardin de Tuileries, are immaculate and beautifuly laid out. Keep off the grass (or it will turn to dirt, due to the crowds).

Our first view of the tower. Kate saw it first, she won.

For lunch we veered off the main strip to get amongst the locals and save a few bucks. After walking past about 100 brasseries and restaurants Kate spotted a no smoking sign and we got ourselves a table. Kate started an ordering conversation with the waitress who shot back with rapid fire colloquial french which went over our heads but we managed to get our order through. In fact the waitress provided the entertainment as she was flat chat and I think enjoyed the fact she was all action and people were watching. She did put on a good show at one stage doing a nice Tom Cruise style skid (Risky Business) as she came back in from the table area to the serving area. After lunch she swiped both our credit cards with no luck but I noticed that everyone else paid by cash so I think she just wanted the cash. Anyway she got it.

The Ave Des Champs Elysees from the Arc de Triumph.

After walking along the Champs we went up the Arch De Triumph, commissioned by Napoleon in honour of his army. Over 250 steps in a tight spiral staircase was hard work and it was a very narrow staircase (lack of planning by Napoleon for tourists) so we were just able to squeeze past those that need a rest.

On the way back from the Arch we went down the Rue St Honore, a fabulous shopping street (if you are a millionaire). Kate will fill you in later on the shopping scene for Paris. It also rained which is to be expected for 35% of the days at this time of year.

We were looking for something easy to cook for tea due to jetlag and we were after a quiet night. The Boulangeries and Pastiserries are spectacular but are a dime a dozen and eventually we found a little general store and could not move due to the crowd. Got some Paella (George Costanza's Mom's favourite) and chicken.

So hope you have enjoyed my duty free enhanced rantings as much as I have enjoyed bringing them to you.

Post again soon.

Cheers DB

Sunday, 16 September 2007

A Bit of a Spring Clean

Well, this weekend has not seen me occupying my time to anything else but a spring clean! (Besides a boys sleepover party on Friday night. It was nice to disappear to orchestra rehearsal at 7pm!)

All of this in to prepare the house for some exciting visitors!
I have successfully cleaned the following rooms; the front room, Lawries bedroom, the bathroom and laundry. Doesn't it feel good to get rid of a whole years dust?!

A deadline is the way to go!

Mum and Dad are coming on Friday to visit Lawrence for his birthday, which is next Monday. The house has to be ready, as they are bringing Dave's Dad (Dud)with them too! It is all VERY exciting! Lawrence loves his grandparents dearly, and we are very pleased that they will be here to help him celebrate his tenth birthday!

I can't believe it, but Dave and and I are off to Paris in 8 sleeps. I don't think that I believe it is happening! Mum will be staying to look after Lawrence, Spooky, Boof, Zelda, the chooks and fish. Mitch will have a holiday in Adelaide with Dad, when Dad and Dud return next Wednesday.

I still haven't got round to sending Auntie Shirley's quilt - this will have to be done TOMORROW!
The roses will have to wait until Tuesday to be planted into their new pots.
I didn't get round to cleaning my room for Mum, that will have to wait to Wednesday.
The kitchen will have to wait for Thursday.
Bathroom Friday, before our visitor arrive.

When will I pack?

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