Archive for August, 2008

Paris Plage….

August 24, 2008

…translates as a temporary beach slap bang in the middle of Paris – right on the Seine – with actual sand, only for a short period over the summer.

Was going to write more about it with photos – but this blogger did such a great job of showing exactly what its like down there by video – I ended up throwing ‘the beach towel in’ (so to speak) …enjoy:


Blooming gorgeous day in Paris

August 23, 2008

Yes it was…

As JL had some affairs to tend to – I headed for Jardin du Luxembourg and could not get over the beautiful display of flowers.

Wedding photos were being taken as I walked through and couldn’t resist joining the rest of the tourists by taking photos of the happy couple. Little do their family know they could see photos on the internet the evening of the wedding day!

I’m also in the process of doing some research for future visitors to Paris – finding great locations – today I came across Poilâne. Wonderful breads – rustic and crusty – some displaying their signature ‘P’ in the crust. I nibbled on the free sample of shortbread buscuits on the counter – ( I know aunty – but I did count the calories – I considered it ok due to being in the name of research ). Next visit I am definately buying some of their ginger spiced bread. Looked devine.

Check out the photos in the park here:

Not another book about living in Paris….

August 19, 2008

Don’t be fooled. Bryce Corbett may have nailed it. I don’t know how many of these books I’ve read since I’ve landed in this beautiful city. And don’t get me wrong….enjoyed them all! But Bryce has covered all the quirks …the misunderstandings…the pros and cons…of living here.

I guess to the average reader who has never lived here may not understand some of what is written in his book – but to me – it made me laugh out loud and couldn’t resist saying ‘YES – THATS BLOODY RIGHT ON’ whilst turning the pages.

Bryce got lucky after playing the dating game for a while with the french women – finally crossed paths with an Australian girl from Brisbane of all places. Not only is she from Queensland – but she’s one of the dancers at the Lido (like the Moulin Rouge).

I was fortunate to attend one of the wonderful book launches held by WH Smith – and Bryce was there among other authors. I had hesitated to buy his book in the past due to the cost. I think it was over 30 euros god forbid! But eyeing other books on the shelves I came across the original release in soft cover, at a much more reasonable price, and decided – why not.

When I approached Bryce to sign it – I was with Jean Luc – where we chatted briefly about Australia – when I mentioned that I too was a Queensland girl, Bryce looked over to JL and said – ‘You’re a lucky guy – finding your own girl from Queensland – they are hard to come by – so look after that one’.

JL nodded in agreement and I was hoping he REALLY understood the impact of what Bryce was saying!!! So I made sure by saying it repeatedly on the way home on the metro.

Here you can find a more info on the book plus a short video of Bryce talking about his new home town.


Summertime in Paris

August 17, 2008

The rues are very quiet this time of the year….

We decided to make the most of the long weekend and be tourists and walked to a nearby park – ‘Parc Morceau’ – and wandered through the grand museum – ‘Invalides’ – where they keep Napoleon’s body.

The only unfortunate thing about being left behind while all the Parisians leave – is that alot of places are closed until the new year – beginning 1 September.

The park was full of Parisians making good use of the space. I would of loved one of those tempting toffee apples sitting on the counter at the kiosk. This is one of the things I like about living here…they make the apples and they just leave them – without a covering – ready for anyone to take. I am so used to everything being wrapped in plastic!

Was a lovely long weekend…ready for work tomorrow…hmmmmm

View photos from our walk on