August 31, 2006

See ya Paris!

filles at 8:02 am

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August 29, 2006

Lists

Currently listening to Feist, I’ve got Inside & Out on repeat (go into Discography and select ‘Track Player’, then Inside & Out). An almost unrecognizable cover of the Bee Gees song ‘Love you Inside & Out’. Washing up after having our neighbours in for dinner last night. Italian menu courtesy of Jamie’s Italy. Figs featured heavily. The autumn figs are just coming into the markets here in Paris which seem to be much sweeter than the early summer figs. I’m packing my bags today. Doing some ‘single meal’ shopping for Michelle so she doesn’t go to the restaurant EVERY night and writing lists.

I’m an incessant list maker, and it seems to be getting worse…

filles at 11:35 am

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August 28, 2006

Festival

We went to Rock en Seine Saturday with Claire and some of her friends. Highlights for me were Xavier Rudd, Beck & Radiohead. A lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon!

filles at 9:24 am

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August 27, 2006

The depart.

I’m going away for a little while. London on Thursday to visit our favourite family and our gorgeous godson. Michelle will join me for the weekend, then we’ll take it from there. It’s funny but I’m looking forward to certain very ordinary things. English newspapers for one, plus their supplements. I’m going to save all the supplements and bring them home with me when I return to Paris for Michelle to read. BBC TV. Nothing beats it. Cheap shampoo. Imagine. L’Oreal shampoo, made in France, cheaper in Tesco! Indian Curries – take away preferably! TK Max – the best place for a designer bargain. The list goes on. As I said, quite ordinary and not at all one-sided.

Of course there will be plenty of things I’ll miss from here….

filles at 10:54 am

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August 24, 2006

My humble request

Bear with me.

I know I haven’t been writing much, and when I have it’s not been terribly informative. It’s been a tough integration period here in France and it’s not over yet. In fact, it’s just about to get tougher. I may be a little more sporadic over the next month or so but don’t worry, when it’s all sorted – I’ll be back to bore you with the day to day trivialities of my ‘life at leisure’.

Bear with me.

filles at 12:28 pm

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August 22, 2006

todays challenge

THAI Airways International: “Ne quittez pas!”
GULF Air: “Please hold the line! Ne quittez pas!”
Cathay Pacific: “Ne quittez pas!”

I’m not that fussed with who I go with, just the price. I’m trying to co-ordinate 2 tickets, 4 different dates, including various options all with a machine that speaks french very very quickly and with a thai accent…..

filles at 2:40 pm

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August 18, 2006

the daily..

For all the nice hot days we had when we arrived, we’ve been paying dearly with the last 2 weeks of rain.

I’ve started to get a little routine up and running. It hasn’t been tweaked yet, I haven’t sat down and thought it through yet, seen if changes are necessary, additions required, deletions enforced. But it’s starting to take form as a routine.

I know where to purchase my tapenades & olives for the ‘aperitif’. I have selected my florist, for better or worse. He puts flowers aside that he thinks I will like Friday afternoon, but hell cometh if I decide to buy any anywhere else, I have to do a wide arc around our street to avoid him seeing me. It fills me with guilt and I feel like I’m sneaking home, after a couple of weeks of cherry picking, I’ve decided it’s best to stick with him. He’s my regular florist. (except this week and next, ’cause he’s on vacation!) I have a favorite boulanger for bread, another for croissants, and still another for pastries, although for pastries I have to admit I’m not that fussy – any of the 5 or 6 boulangeries can tempt me in depending on their window displays and the length of the queue outside. My seafood is covered locally, but for really special treats I make the journey into Lafayette Gourmet where the seafood counter is out of this world. Coffee is set. Cafe creme at one place, espresso another. If I want an orange juice with that, there is a choice between 2 cafes who squeeze their own. Carafes of rose in the afternoon are determined by the level of the sun, or the amount of rain and the number of the people on the street available for people watching. The only thing I haven’t been working on is a butcher, but since the rain has set in, and the temperature had dropped rather dramatically that will soon become my top priority. I’ll keep you informed.

Julie & Lorna arrive tomorrow morning. I expect the same routine of restaurants will kick off with brunch on Montorgueil around 10am. I’m looking forward to it.

Have a good weekend.

filles at 7:43 pm

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August 17, 2006

Discovery

I can hardly control myself. Julie bought me the ‘Chocolat au lait au the vert sencha du Japon’ the other day while we were in Galleries Lafayette Gourmet. Today I’m going back for all the rest!

Divine.

filles at 2:39 pm

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August 16, 2006

Soup

We’ve been eating out non-stop. Wonderful restaurants. Wonderful food. It’s all been a long whirl of restaurants as far back as I can remember. And then on Monday, after we said goodbye to Julie & Mario we jumped in the car with Valerie and headed south down to the Loire region. We stayed here, and had one of our best meals yet. It was great to get away, a swimming pool, plenty of castles, some much needed sunshine and more fabulous restaurants.

So now tonight, on this day, this special day, we’ve decided on soup. That’s right. Soup. At home. Nice & quiet. No apperitif, no entree, no dessert, no digestif. Just soup.

I’m looking forward to it.

filles at 6:03 pm

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August 11, 2006

Option Anglais

We have a free trial of all the TPS channels for 3 months. It’s been a bit of a waste really, we only ever turn on BBC World to see the news once in awhile, but yesterday I discovered that you can switch the operating options for the movie channels (of which we have about 10) to Version Originale – which means I am happily watching movie after movie in English.

I think they’ve got me. When it comes time to cancel, when we have to start paying for all this, we may just…. not.

filles at 5:25 pm

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Men in uniform

Since the arrests yesterday in London, paroling the streets here in Paris, even the quiet, colourful, neighbourhood market street of ours are fully armed and uniformed policemen and army folk in tanks. Despite them looking handsome in their uniforms and eating croissants out of paper bags, the machine guns are a bit much.

Michelle and I went and had a ‘creme & croissant’ at the Quotidian this morning on her way to work, and as I left I noticed the tank outside. I asked the barista and he told me that of course the parade must start, the French must look like they are taking heed.

Nice show. I hope they can perform if they need too.

filles at 10:57 am

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August 10, 2006

the Grand Mosque

Built in 1926, this is the oldest mosque in Paris, and like most, it’s beautiful.

What did you do today?

filles at 2:10 pm

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August 8, 2006

OK Go!

Now, this is the first I’ve heard of them, but I’d go see them in Edinburgh on the 20th (hint to Mad/Dave/Jo/Dirk!!!) if I was in the UK!

UPDATE: and more dancing men in skinny suits…

thanks go to Ms Fits for the discovery…

filles at 2:59 pm

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August 7, 2006

Snap, another picture

We took the Bateaux Mouche yesterday with Mario & Julie and I added to my collection of millions of pictures of the ‘Tour Eiffel’!

filles at 2:55 pm

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August 4, 2006

1st stage: dream

I’m daydreaming of returning to Pakistan. I have it in my head a short trip to Pakistan on my way home to Australia…. just a couple of days wandering about, maybe returning to Peshawar staying at the Khan Club, maybe visiting something new, perhaps Baltistan or the Punjab region. I’m not sure how we’d work it though, right now it’s just a crazy idea…

We’ll see. Anyone interested to come with me? Seriously?

filles at 11:35 am

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