Monday, October 20, 2014

blogger tourist home

A nice French woman took this photo of me being the solo tourist
at a little cafe near the Eiffel Tower. The food wasn't spectacular,
but I just love sitting and watching all the people. I walked down
the left bank and then crossed over to the right side and it was just
the best day ever - hot even! I meant to hit another museum, but
I didn't want to be inside on my last day.

Air France is wonderful, truly. If you have to sit for 10 to 11 hours,
you might as well have excellent food and service. I'm unpacked
and wearing orange and black already - starting to fade and getting
the jet lag feeling. So good to see Husbando who loves his new
beret and macaroons. It's odd without Dancing Jen, but I'll leave
her alone and email her tomorrow.Yup, we have some memories!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

sunday, lazy final day

More beautiful sunny weather here this morning. More church bells - my this last
week flew by, in a good way. Yesterday was a walking/sitting/savoring day and
then we went to dinner in a real Parisian apartment. Jen's friends Pascal, Fatwah
and their 13 yo son generously invited us for a delicious fish dinner, preceded by
fois grois (sp?) the goose liver banned in SF. Yes, it is animal cruelty, but truthfully
it was amazingly good and I can' be rude, can I? Then fish, vegetables, cheese 
and tart - all delicious. Fatwah gave us each a rose when he came home and 
Jen generously gave hers to a woman crying on the Metro. I needed mine for
the blog as all my photos yesterday are on the iPhone and I will share them with
you when I get home next week. It was midnight when we got back home, so
we both had restless nights.

Today I was planning on another museum, but I think I'll just walk along the
Seine and stop for coffee and some sort of snack.

I asked Joe to send me my work schedule for next week and you know how
that puts one right back in the thick of things. But I don't start until Thursday,
so that's all good. No one feels sorry for people with jet lag.

Our plane leaves around 10am tomorrow. With time change we should hit
SF about 2ish. So much I didn't do and see - but so much that I did. 

I have a French mosquito bite on my right eyebrow - ugly!

Next post will be from Bernal - thanks for reading, I don't know why spell
check isn't working, but that just adds to the blog-charm.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

saturday in paris after zzzzzzzz

We have two more nights here, unbelievable, no? For some blessed and
inexplicable reason I slept last night! I mean really slept with the ear
plugs in only for maybe a half hour. Our Kindles are such a godsend,
we can both read and not turn on any lights or bother the other person.
I am reading and loving "Paying Guests" and yes, I recommend it.

So, yesterday. I took a leisurely walk through the Tuilleries again, sitting to
watch the tourists sleep in those lounge chairs. Then I walked to Musee
de l'Orangerie that was created for the Monet water lilly searies. Lovely,
of course. But then downstairs, lots of glorious art including a special
exhibit by Emile Bernard that I so enjoyted. Of course I spent more time
here than I planned, and by the time I hit my old stand-by Blvd. St. Germaine
I was famished and stopped at The Two Maggots (see photo) for a croque
monseiur and salad, then some map advice from several waiters.

Onward to the Rodin where I once again was impressed with this artist,
so beautiful. I had tea in the garden cafe and called Husbando, then
ooooohed and ahhhhed some more. He  produced so many, many
masterpieces.

Now, a smattering of photos for your enjoyment. I don't know what order
they will appear, but they are sent with much love. Another sunny day here
in Paris - we so lucked out with the weather. OK, Bernard is last, then 
Deux Maggots and finally Rodin.

Friday, October 17, 2014

friday and on to the world series!

Wow, thank heavens for the iPhone - I listened to the game during the night and
when Morris hit the home run I almost screamed. Then, bottom of the 9th - I
really so love our Giants. This morning I am having a $15E breakfast at our hotel,
with a whole banana, cheese, rolls and (imagine) a pot of coffee! I'm sharing the
table with a woman from Denmark and she is busy on her iPad too. How did we
travel before these wonderful conveniences? I've been watching videos of our
Giants and their colorful fans and looking forward to the World Series next 
week. Orange people vs. the hefty blue ones in KC.

But hey, ths is about Paris, n'est pas? So yesterday, no rain all day. I had a great
time at the Pompidou Center because of the strange and unusual art and the
building with the elevators on the outside. I'll show you somee photos next.
Stopped for a latte and a sweet, just like at home. Everyone is so friendly and
eager to please this happy American. I spent more time here than I planned,
then walked to the Louvre.

What a zoo, but free on the Museum Pass, so I really needed to go in and
experience the whole thing. It was not an easy time, but I did see the
Italian section and had some wonderful memories of touring Italy with
ALL those women a few years ago. 

By then it was getting to Husbando Calling Time (4:30pm here, 7:30am SF)
so I went to the Tuillaries and sat by a fountain. I have grown to love these
huge grounds and will probably end up back there today at some point.
This is the last day of the 4 Day Museum Pass (a really good deal), so I
will try to hit 3 on the list. But, thanks to the Giants, I am moving slowly
this morning.  

Oh, dinner - with Dancing Jen in a pizza (!) place here in the nabe. We were
both tired and retired eardly with our e-books and iPhones.

The photos are backwards - the bottom is the view from Pompidou elevator
and the top the garden. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

thursday with photos

I'm back at the Pigeon, taking my time before hitting Le Pompidou Museum
which doesn't open until 11am. What? I will tell you in just a few unworthy
words how very much I enjoyed D'Orsay - I didn't think I would because 
I had seen so many at the DY, but my, this was entirely different. Just the
magnificent building and the different small rooms and ALL that art. I spent
more time there than I planned to, just soaking it all in. And then the people
watching and all the little family squablles from tired travelers. Great!

I had planned to hit the Louvre, but my mind was too full of all those 
Impressionists, so I went on a long walk - stopped for a fruit dish and 
some coffee on St. Germaine whch is about two blocks away from Rue
Jacob and a good central "now where am I? guideline. A young woman
asked me for directions in broken English and I felt smugly French and
she greatly relieved when we used our native tongue.

I see a big tour group now, heading to Notre Dame. I like sitting alone
in these outdoor cafes - reading/writing emails, da blog and just looking
at all the people from all over the world. I'm feeling so comfortable now
and so admire Niece Jill who moved here from St. Louis more than
20 years ago. I understand Fev. Brain who feels she was born to live
in Paris. She will return, as wll I.

A little rain yesterday, none today. The weather is perfection. First photo is 
Rue Jacob, the street where we live.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

versailles in the sun

We spent the entire day here (pix after I return home) and it was absolutely 
gorgeous. The last time Husbando and I were here it was raining and we 
didn't walk in the extensive gardens. Yesterday we soaked up the Palace,
the Queen's "cottage" (thanks, Jen!) and those magnificent paths and pools
and my, what a life the Sun King lived. We had a dinner snack in the pleasant
city of Versailles and hopped a crowded train back home.

I listened to the Giants - congrats on another win, but those KC Royals get
alll the attention. They are formidable and fun indeed.

Today we are splitting up and I am having an omelet, croisssant and oj
here at what I think of as the Pigion Cafe because one was sitting snugly
on a table last Sunday. None today, but I am getting exquisite and friendly
service from our previous waiter. No rush in Paris, I've been sending emails
and now posting your update.

I will head to d'Orsay to tell the retail workers there that I understand their
pain and I will bug them about stocking a postcard that they must have 
and don't. 

Weird, this. My feet and knees are fine with all this constant walking. I know
you wanted to know that.

More tomorrow. Thanks, as always, for reading.


wednesday, maybe rain?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

today is tuesday

We will probably hit Versailles in a short time, but I wanted to post this
from the comfort of our hotel room. We walked up to the market on
Montorgueil (per Henry at the DY, please thank him) and had a quiche
and sandwich sitting by some beautiful fountain. Then walked back
to  "our" St. Germaine and hit the Luxenbourg Jardin again. After 
dinner we took the boat cruise and that was so special, seeing Paris
at night. Even the 400 giggling school girls were (ahem)something 
to behold. Herre are some photos from that - I still haven't been able
to blend my iPhone and iPad pix, so these are just from the tablet.
Still beautiful weather, can you believe that? (OK, Giants, we need a
win today!) 
Thannks to you friends who call Husbando and discuss the fact that I 
did laundry yesterday in Paris. He is doing great, by the way.