Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
The view from the inside shows a lot of pockets. This was a large portion of the frustration. Don't ask me why every pocket needed two pleats.I must say, I look good with this bag. It screams "hip mom, ready to take over the world"
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I love the perspective composition on this one. How crazy..
This one tells you to stay within the crosswalk lines. How clever.
Your typical Paris walking sign.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
This guy doesn't have horrible pants (just short red shorts), but check out the mustache on the guy in the beret.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Now let me just acknowledge my new sewing machine and how nice it is. Everything runs smoothly, I can see the bobbin so I know when it is getting low, the button to choose whether you want your needle to land in the up position or the down position is fantastic, and Steve and I both love how quiet the machine is. We can have conversations while I am sewing. Soon I will have to find a project where I can use other stitches besides straight and zigzag sitching.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
The debate was intense at times, a little too negative for my taste, and relatively substance free. I wish both candidates would have answered the questions more directly (or at all in some cases). In the end, though, I think Obama came off looking cool, calm, and collected. John McCain seemed agitated and angry. Since the 2 said little of major substance I based my opinion of the debate on their behavior.
The extreme low point for the evening was when John McCain pointed to Obama and said with disdain, "that one". That was just uncalled for. I also loved the moment when McCain insulted the intelligence of the audience member who asked the question about how the bailout (i mean, rescue plan) will help ordinary people; I believe it was the 2nd question. McCain, said to the man, "you probably never heard of FannieMae or FreddieMac until recently." I hear the best way to win voters is to insult them.
I finished watching and wondered, how is John McCain planning to pay for a mortgage bailout (so much for government = bad), maintain a war in Iraq, conduct a surge in Afghanistan, and lower taxes? It just doesn't make sense.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
We landed in Paris, got through customs, and all that fun stuff, and jumped in the taxi to get to our apartment. Little did we know that we would be risking our life and safety by riding in a car through Paris. I don't think French cars have rear-view mirrors on them, or at least they don't use them. And, motorcyclist don't have to drive in a lane. Plus, apparently, a pedestrian walking in a crosswalk does not have the right-of-way.
45-minutes later after driving all over Paris we arrived at our apartment in the 6th Arr. on the Rue des Baux Arts (adjacent to the famed Ecole des Beaux Arts). It wasn't until we got to the apartment that we realized the we were located on the 5th floor (6th floor "French" as the rental company put it) of a walk up building. We carried our luggage (I carried Kelly's and mine) up 6 floors of steep, winding stairs. I will admit, though, that the view was amazing from the apartment. We could see Notre Dame, the Pantheon, and Paris spreading out.
Renting an apartment in Paris was the best decision. We were able to save money by cooking at home and eating out only at lunch. At the end of our week in Paris, we took all that saved money and ate at a nice French resturant near the Jardin Luxemburg. The aparment also had a washer and dryer so we didn't have to wear the same dirty clothes day after day. Unfortunately, the appliances weren't grounded so you got a serious electrical shock everytime to tried to touch your clothes in the washer.
Here's a travel tip: water + ungrounded appliances = painful shock.
We visited all of the typical Parisian sights: the Louvre, the Eifel Tower, Arc de Triumph, the patisseries, and McDo (French for McDonald's).
After Paris we spent 4 days in Nice, which isn't as nice as you would think. Nice was good, but I wouldn't spend 4 days there. We rented another apartment in Nice on the Rue Giofreddo near Old Town Nice. From Nice we visited Monaco, Antibes, and explored Nice itself. There really isn't too much to see in Nice so you kind of have to make daytrips from there. The really sad thing about Nice, is all of the cruise ship tourists who flock there. Most of the big cruise ships dock at Nice or near it on the Mediterrean Sea so there was an influx of puffy white tennis shoe tourists to get in the way.
Kelly ended up getting so bad food poisoning in Nice late Saturday night and Sunday morning. In case you're wondering, nothing is open on Sunday in Nice and everything closes at 9:00pm on Saturday.
Another, travel tip: don't get sick on the weekend in Nice.
Besides a few train blunders, a few bad bus rides, getting stranded on the side of coastal highway between Monaco and Nice, the trip was amazing and I want to travel some more.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Steve and Kelly at Versailles
Bop, Beep, Kelly and Steve at Antibes on the Cote d'Azur
Kelly and I are home from our amazing 2 week vacation in France. I'll give more details later, but we had a great time with our friends, Beep and Bop. We rented an apartment in Paris' 6th Arrodissement (the Saint Germain des Pres area near the Ecole des Beaux Arts) for 8 days. Then we spent 3 days on the sunny Cote d'Azure, France's Mediterranean coast. There, we rented an apartment in Nice and made day trips to Monaco and Antibes.