Friday, May 29, 2009

Trimmed Bush = Taller Tree

This video is a hoot.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Long Weekend

I left last Wednesday evening to join the Brit for a long weekend (Thursday was a holiday in France). My train was scheduled to leave at 17h55, but several minutes after 18h00, it hadn’t moved. An announcement was made saying there was some kind of technical problem. A while later there was another announcement telling us that the delay was due to people on the track. They played the people-track message twice and I thought: 1) what happened to the technical problem? and 2) get the people off the bloody track so we can leave.

We ended up leaving over an hour late. I have no idea what the real reason behind the delay was, but whenever more than one reason is given I get suspicious. Has the driver decided to take a nap? Did he not show up (I’ve had a train delayed before because there was no driver)? Or maybe he decided to pay a visit to his mistress and got delayed.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Museum Night Part Deux

The Brit and I decided to go to the Louvre for Museum Night. We arrived around 6 and left around 8:30. It’s a good thing we went early because as we left we passed hordes of people coming in. I snapped a few picks on my phone camera.

Deborah and Donna – these are for you :)

Metro Manners

To my fellow RATP riders - it is generally NOT a good idea to lean on the hand rail when it’s crowded. There are other people who need to hold it without trying to force their fingers between it and your back/side (or backside).

Friday, May 15, 2009

Museum Night

Tomorrow night is la nuit des musées. Free entrance from 18h00, concerts, expositions etc. Info here

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Red + White = Rosé?

A couple weeks ago the Brit and I met a friend who was in Paris for the weekend with a friend of hers. We met up at Juveniles, a laid back wine bar near Palais Royale. The owner had a petition against EU plans that would allow European winemakers to make rosé wine by mixing red and white wines. Not surprisingly, he found the idea to be horrendous. French winemakers, like the wine bar owner, are apparently outraged. Is mixed rosé repulsive or revolutionary? Read about it here.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Month of holidays

May in France basically consists of going from one holiday to the next. Last Friday (May 1st) was the Fete de travail and this Friday is May 8th the commemoration of the end of WWII. And later this month, we have Ascension.

May has become one of my favourite months since moving to France.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

They didn’t cover this in French class

According to the OECD, the French spend more time eating and sleeping than people from any other wealthy country. The eating part isn’t that surprising (although I thought the Spanish or Italians would be at the top), but as far as the sleeping – I’m clearly missing out on this aspect of living in France. I’m still in my entrenched American way of not getting enough sleep during the week and then trying to tank up during the weekends. Read about the sleeping eaters here.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Monday Music