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AliThinks 8:09pm, 17 December 2006
Moi, Alison -- New! Cropped!

I also blog at AliThinks, and I will probably be doing a little crossposting between here and there.

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luckywhitegirl 11 years ago
I'm jealous. I want to go to Europe. How much was your ticket?

Here's my idea of the day: I'm not having any luck finding jobs in the US anyway, maybe it wouldn't be so bad to go to Spain and teach English.

Alison, when you moved to France, what did you do with all your books? Did you ship them over? I think I'd want to do that. I really missed my books when I was in Colombia.

--barb (daily photo diary)
AliThinks 11 years ago
I'm actually using frequent flyer miles for this trip. And I shipped many of my books over to France when I first went. Of course, this was in the days before Amazon. :-) The P.O. has book rates, or at least they used to.

Look into the ESL/EFL thing, for sure.
msspider66 11 years ago
Have a wonderful time with the kids!

btw I enjoyed the Memory Keeper's Daughter.

[Ms Spider66]
AliThinks 11 years ago
Thanks! That book was written by a local English professor. :-)
sunshinecity 11 years ago
_I like getting new books too... shame I take forever to read them!

sunshinecity
~ a picture, a story
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Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
AliThinks 11 years ago
I read a lot more when I don't have internet access. Funny how that works!

Merci! J'ai hate de revoir la France...et mes enfants. :-)
dda1605 Posted 11 years ago. Edited by dda1605 (member) 11 years ago
Hey, have a great journey and hug your kids for us.
I see you bought the book of Barack Obama. Tell me if you like it.

(Didier 2007 )
AliThinks 11 years ago
I will let you know. Leesure also asked me about it.
sunshinecity 11 years ago
yeah real funny... wonders never cease hhu? LOL

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
AliThinks Posted 11 years ago. Edited by AliThinks (member) 11 years ago
A Lovely Street

February 15, 2007

I took this photo as we drove down one of my favorite streets in Lexington. It is in a historic district, and the homes are all lovely and large. It's got quite a lot of traffic on it, though. We came this way on our way home from lunch here.
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Flemme énorme d'écrire en français.
leesure PRO 11 years ago
Neat old houses. I grew up in a tiny town in NE Pennsylvania that had lots of houses like these, but NOTHING else redeeming. ;)

When do you head across the pond?


Leesure
lramiro520 11 years ago
Beautiful homes! I love the reflection in the side mirror.

The Other Side Of The Fence
AliThinks 11 years ago
Heh, I went to college in a tiny town in NW Pennsylvania. ;-) I leave on Sunday and arrive in France on Monday morning.
AliThinks 11 years ago
Thank you!
dda1605 11 years ago
Wow great shot of the wine glass in your stream (Wines on Vine).
Have a great trip to France and bring us some great pictures.

(Didier 2007 )
sunshinecity 11 years ago
oh that is a gorgeous house!! I know those types of streets... makes all the Europeans drool! You can't get places like that in Italy!

sunshinecity
~ a picture, a story
AliThinks 11 years ago
Thank you! I will post photos when I have internet access...which will not be all the time, I don't think.

Those houses make ME drool, too! :-)
AliThinks Posted 11 years ago. Edited by AliThinks (member) 11 years ago
It's Cold Outside!

February 16, 2007

We ventured outside a little bit ago. The thermometer told us that it was 23ºF/-5ºC, so we bundled up and walked down to the ATM to get some cash for this evening. I love this hat, but it's not very warm, especially when it's 23 or MINUS 5 degrees!

Tomorrow I'll begin packing for my trip. I'll be gone almost four weeks! I spoke to my kids today; I can't wait to see them.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!
AliThinks 11 years ago
Packing

February 17, 2007

We had a great time last night! Today has been quiet; I've been packing and worrying about the falling snow. I also wrote a blog entry about how much I hate traveling.

Not looking forward to this at all. Just whisk me away and put me where I need to go.
sunshinecity 11 years ago
oh that's a great hat!!! Glad to hear you had a fun night last night!

I'm sure your trip will be fine... just think of where you'll be for the next month!! I'm sure your kids will be so pleased to see you!!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
AliThinks 11 years ago
Thank you! I can't wait to see my kids, and I know the feeling is mutual! :-)
'stee 11 years ago
safe trip, lovely. hope the travelling doesn't wear you out too much.
x

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stee's 2007: a blank canvas
lramiro520 11 years ago
I'm so happy that you'll be seeing your kids again! Just read your blog about how much you hate traveling. I have mixed feelings about the whole traveling thing and I think it mainly boils down to where I end up sitting on the plane. I'm oodles happier when I have a window seat. One of my flights to/from Hawaii was about 7 or 8 hrs long and I was able to sleep straight through it. But I do hate layovers the most.

Love the hat. The colors look excellent against the sky!

Safe travels! Looking forward to reading about your trip!

The Other Side Of The Fence
msspider66 11 years ago
I think I am a good traveler, even if I tend to overpack.

My only problem with traveling is that I can't sleep on a plane and I get bored easily. I usually have a few different kinds of books to read. When we were on our way to Berlin (the NY to Frankfurt leg). I was wide awake. I spent most of my time playing with my seat. When my seatmate got up I wandered around the cabin looking for my coworkers. Everyone looked so peaceful sleeping. I wanted to tickle them to wake them up. Yes, I have issues.

Have a good flight and a wonderful trip. BTw I love the color of your bag. Easy to pick out at bagage claim.

[Ms Spider66]
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
I SWEAR I posted to this last night... what happened?
Anyway, safe journeys... take care and I'll look forward to the photos from the trip!

Erica Day by Day 2007
eelend PRO 11 years ago
hate travelling?
ooooh I LOVE IT!!!!
i just hate one thing: packing and unpacking
but aaaall the other things that happen when i'm travelling... i just love them all
:)
AliThinks 11 years ago
Thanks, everyone! I am on a slow-ish connection at a friend's, and I really need to go to bed, so I am just going to post the last three days' worth of photos. :-)
AliThinks 11 years ago
I'm Not Hallucinating!

February 18, 2007

Some friends rescued me from a 6-hour layover in Philadelphia. We went to Chinatown...sort of.
AliThinks 11 years ago
Looking Out The Window

February 19, 2007

On the TGV from Paris to Poitiers.
AliThinks 11 years ago
He Can Already Play "Smoke On The Water."

February 20, 2007

My son got a guitar for his birthday a month ago. He can already play a bit of "Smoke On The Water" and "New Year's Day."
AllanThinks 11 years ago
Great shots, all.

Allan
AliThinks 11 years ago
Thanks. :-)
sunshinecity 11 years ago
aww your son sooo looks like you, really!! I see you in him!!
I like the shots of you on the train and the funny pink elephant? in the window!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
satrina* 11 years ago
Catching up... glad to know you arrived to France and you and your kids are together, I absolutely love your son's photo, it's a very warm and tender shot, thanks for sharing and have fun!

@sunshinecity: I guess that's a pig in the window

Satrina: av meg
AliThinks 11 years ago
Thank you. It's an elephant. Really.

Thank you! I am having a good time, but I am really jet lagged!
~magpie~ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ~magpie~ (member) 11 years ago
bah bah bahhhh... bah bah bahbahhh.... bah bah bahhhh... bahhh bahhh....
(erica's version of smoke on the water.) Your son is absolutely adorable.

Erica Day by Day 2007
stevelyon PRO 11 years ago
Looking forward to many shots of your kids, but probably not as much as you are.
'stee 11 years ago
that pink elephant smushed up in the window kills me!
your son looks like he's getting right into that guitar - i love the expression on his face.

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stee's 2007: a blank canvas
ebilflindas 11 years ago
That elephant is great! Reminds me of a kids' book 22 Orphans.

How wonderful for you to be with you kids--I am so happy for you. I hope you're able to iron out the nonsense while you're there.

One thing about your absence--Allan's taking some beautiful shots trying to stave off his loneliness...
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ebilflindas: Everyday Dad
satrina* 11 years ago
Dropped by to say hi! Hope you're recovered from the jet lag!
AliThinks 11 years ago
Ha. I sing it "Nuh nuh nuh, nuh nuh NUH nuh..." :-)

Hmmm, yeah. They are pretty photogenic.

It made me laugh, too. And my son was so proud of his guitar.

The nonsense is almost over. I hope! I have seen Allan's shots. I should go away more often. ;-p

Hi! Almost recovered...it's pretty brutal when you head east...
AliThinks Posted 11 years ago. Edited by AliThinks (member) 11 years ago
Jellies

February 21, 2007

This afternoon my kids didn't have school, so I took them to the Aquarium in La Rochelle. We all have been a number of times, but it never gets old. It's fun to watch the jellyfish float around their tank. It's also fun to try to take photos of said jellyfish.

The bad thing is that my camera started acting up. I kept getting an error message. I have a D50, and this happened once before when I took a lot of photos in a short period of time. I switched SD cards, but am still getting the error message.

Time to check the Nikon forum threads here on Flickr...

If I am cameraless for the rest of this trip, I don't know what I'll do!

Edit: I got it working again! Found a thread in The Nikon D50 group where someone suggested turning on manual focus. That made the shutter work again after a "hiccup," then it started working like normal. I turned the AF back on, and it still works. Whew!
AllanThinks 11 years ago
I'm glad you found a solution. When you get back, we will ask at the camera shop about it and see if there is a more permanent solution.

Allan
leesure PRO 11 years ago
I see you had a fun time at the Philadelphia airport too. I had my flight canceled on Monday. What a hassle. Glad you're there OK and having fun with the kids.
sunshinecity 11 years ago
Oh wow, I LOVE aquariums. There's a very new and famous one here in Genoa, but unfortunately I've never been.

That's a great shot! Sounds like you're having a good time!

Just curious, do your kids speak english too?
AliThinks 11 years ago
Good idea.

On one hand, I love airports. I find them fascinating. On the other, I hate them. I also hate canceled flights. Hope you got to wherever you needed to go!

In between discussions with my ex (we close on the house tomorrow), I am having fun.

My kids speak English, yes. I've made sure that they do.
sunshinecity 11 years ago
Well good for them!! It's great to be able to speak two languages at such a young age... I speak from experience!!
: )

sunshinecity
~ a picture, a story
AliThinks 11 years ago
That's good to hear!
AliThinks 11 years ago
No Name Kitty

February 22, 2007

The friends I am currently staying with have an indoor/outdoor cat with no name. Their teenage daughters call it "Técon," which will make you laugh if you can speak French. (Basically, they're calling the cat "Yer stupid.")

Anyway, the kitty is lovely and stripey and orange, and as I type this he is sleeping on the floor about two yards/meters away. He's not in the line of foot traffic, but he may as well be, because there is nothing surrounding him -- and you know how cats love to stuff themselves into and against things.

Nothing else to say. I stuck close to "home" today. Tomorrow will be a full day.
AllanThinks 11 years ago
I'll be thinking of you. All night and all day.
'stee 11 years ago
pretty jellyfish! (nice to look at, not so nice to touch..!)
hope tomorrow goes well.

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stee's 2007: a blank canvas
AliThinks 11 years ago
I'll feel your support.

Thanks!
lramiro520 11 years ago
Wow, great cat photo and LOL at his name. They might regret naming him that though...one day he might rule the world!! :)

The Other Side Of The Fence
satrina* 11 years ago
Aquariums are fun and jellyfish are really tricky to photograph, in my last trip I ended up with messy shots :P

In this last shot I'm absolutely caught by the cat's eye.

Satrina: av meg
~magpie~ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ~magpie~ (member) 11 years ago
The cat shot is gorgeous, Alison. Hope you've shown the people you're staying with. A print of it would make a nice gift. Rest days during traveling are good. So good....

Erica Day by Day 2007
BellaGaia PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by BellaGaia (member) 11 years ago
good times!

the elephant pix is hilarious and i love your hat -- I have a scarf that matches that i got in amsterdam, but it's awfully scratchy -- is the hat scratchy?

You look a little pensive on your bus.....

what sweet dimples your son has.... is smoke on the water a required guitar song... everyone i know that plays, can play that song LOL

i love the framing, the red background and the depth of field in the cat picture -- great shot.

hope all goes splendidly today! oh, and i have to agree with emil, allan is throwing himself into his work while you're gone and we're reaping the beautiful benefits :-)
AllanThinks 11 years ago
I'm glad everything went well. Enjoy your time with the kidlings.

I love you.
AliThinks 11 years ago
He is such a mellow cat. It's pretty funny.

Yes, they are tricky!

Thank you. Yes, I have shown them. A print is a good idea, but I'm not sure they are attached to the cat, since it has no name. Heh. :-)

Thanks! The hat is a bit scratchy. And Allan is definitely creating some beautiful photos. I joked that I ought to go away more often. ;-)

Me too. And I love you, too.
AliThinks 11 years ago
Les Tours St. Nicolas et de La Chaine

February 23, 2007

I lived just outside La Rochelle, France, for ten years. Yesterday I got a chance to walk around the city a bit. In a sense, it's home. If you ever visit France, try to visit this place. It's wonderful.

I only took one photo of these towers, and it wasn't too good, so I did the greyscale thing in Photoshop. :-)
ebilflindas 11 years ago
I'm so glad you're able to post while you're there!
Sure we have plenty of folks in France showing us where they live, but from you, well, c'est un peu différent...(please excuse my French if it's all Americained-up!)
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ebilflindas: Everyday Dad
sunshinecity 11 years ago
I love the shot of the cat.... stunning angle!
Hope all your "business" goes smoothly and that you enjoy the rest of your time with the kids!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
dda1605 11 years ago
I loved the portrait of your kid with the guitar. It seems you enjoy every minute of your trip, good for you.
Tecon c'est un nom tres sympa pour un chien, moins pour un chat....mais enfin c'est original. Elle a du caractere la petite.

(Didier 2007 )
AliThinks 11 years ago
Thanks. Your French is fine! I have connectivity at my friends' house, but within the next couple of days the kids and I will be in an apartment without a phone line, let alone an internet connection. So I am making the most of this while I can!

Thank you! The business is over and done with. The kids and I are on vacation now. :-)

Thank you. It's been a pretty good trip. Et puis, oui, elle a du caractere. Tout comme sa mere, une australienne sympa mais forte de tete (si ca se dit....je ne sais pas comment dire autrement...)
AliThinks 11 years ago
Politically Incorrect

February 24, 2007

Cheap cereal in Intermarché. This made me laugh, because you'd never see anything like it in the U.S. Political correctness has not made the same inroads in France as it has in the States. While I do find this cereal a bit over the top, it's refreshing to see. Because, you know, in the United States you can barely say anything any more, lest you offend SOMEBODY. (Tell me why I just thought of retarded, gay whales that were saved from abortion? I am SICK, I tell you, SICK.)

Anyway, I just want to say thank you for continuing to read my diary. Fortunately, I have connectivity at my friends' house. Unfortunately, it's not wi-fi, so if one of them needs to use internet, I need to unplug the modem from my laptop. Fortunately, my kids are with me, so who needs the internet? Unfortunately, soon we'll be in an apartment with no connection at all.

I guess I am trying to say that I don't have time to keep up with all of your diaries right now, and for that I apologize. I trust that you all are well.

Ali
satrina* 11 years ago
We miss you, but we're happy to see you're enjoying your trip :)

Glad to know the business part is over, all that's ahead now is fun and that's great

*LOL at the gay whales*

Satrina: photo-operational and digitally enabled again ;)
luckywhitegirl 11 years ago
hey! you saying you have something against gay whales????
*shakes head*
AllanThinks 11 years ago
I want a bumper sticker that says, Nuke the Gay Baby Whales for Jesus!.


Allan
'stee 11 years ago
i'll bet you some redneck in queensland has that on the back of their ute or SUV.
AliThinks 11 years ago
White Chocolate and Raspberry Mousse Cake

February 25, 2007

My friends and I had a celebratory dinner, complete with champagne and a store-bought dessert. French bakery cakes are second to none! This was a tasty way to finish a delicious meal.
AllanThinks 11 years ago
Yum!
satrina* 11 years ago
Yum indeed! I might have to go in the kitchen to get some of yesterdays dessert

Satrina: av meg
AliThinks 11 years ago
Yes, it was tasty! You can't go wrong with raspberry, and the white chocolate was delicious, too.
AliThinks 11 years ago
Not Open On Mondays

February 26, 2007

I ran out of gas (for the first time ever in my life, and because the gas gauge on my friend's car doesn't work right) and ended up here, but the garage was closed, as was the gas station next door. Welcome to France on a Monday.

Fortunately the "assistance" worked, and someone came and put 10 liters of gas in the car. I had to pay him 12 euros for that, but I had no cash on me, and we were in a tiny village with no bank machines, so he followed me to the nearest "big" town, where I promptly forgot the PIN for my French bank card, and had to use my American card. I handed the man a 20 euro note, and he did have change. Otherwise I was just going to give him a large tip for his help.

Later I found out that my friend resets the kilometrage every time she fills the tank, because she knows she can get 500 km out of it. I checked, and the gauge was at 575 km...
AliThinks 11 years ago
In A Traffic Jam

February 27, 2007

I should have known, because I saw it on my way in to La Rochelle. A gas truck had exploded or something (yeah! I know!) and outbound traffic from LR was disturbed.

But, I'd had to go there, and I had to get out of there, and there is only one way, if you're heading west. So my kids and I were stuck in a traffic jam for nearly an hour as we left La Rochelle.

My daughter (age 12 going on 27) was pretty annoyed about the situation, and let it be known. Loud and clear are two adjectives that could describe her feelings. My son (age 9) was very mellow in the back seat of the car. He gets brownie points for that.

Later, after we were actually moving toward our destination, my daughter apologized for "being annoying."

We made it to our friends' house, and I quickly excused myself to use the bathroom. When I walked into the living room, where everyone was, there was a glass of champagne waiting for me.

I love my friends.
satrina* 11 years ago
Sorry to hear about the traffic jam but yay! for your friends

I love brownie points :)

Satrina: av meg
AliThinks 11 years ago
Update: Apparently the brakes on this truck overheated. No one was injured, but traffic on that road was paralyzed for more than 12 hours.

Read all about it here
. (In French.)
sunshinecity 11 years ago
Yikes, traffic jams can suck.... I know how impatient teens can get!
= P

Oh and I wanted to ask you about the cereal box...
Being a European and not so fixated with being politically correct, as you stated yourself, I see nothing wrong with the drawing. The only thing I noticed was that there's a picture of an "Indian" on there... and I am noticing he's white. I guess you could say that's a mistake. But I'm not sure if it's considered offensive or not.
I say this with the most innocence possible... is the fact that he's white the wrong thing, or the fact that an Indian is on a cereal box?
I guess my "ignorance" shows... and maybe people are a lot more aware of certain issues and possibly offended more easily?
Do you mind elaborating a bit so that I can understand better?
Thanks!

sunshinecity
~ a picture, a story
AliThinks 11 years ago
It's the fact that he's an Indian...I mean Native American. You just would never see that on a cereal box in the States. It would be considered degrading and humiliating.

But you're right: he is white! *Ali scratches her head in confusion*
dda1605 11 years ago
Hey....it is more than OK if you don't have time to read our diaries. Enjoy your visit and every minutes with the kids. By the way, when they will grew up, this diary will be a great present for them.....

(Didier 2007 )
sunshinecity 11 years ago
Can I play devil's advocate?? I don't want to start a debate or anything but it's like saying that if you put any ethnic or religious minority it's offensive... I'd say it's offensive to do the opposite...
Don't some minorities say they don't feel represented in commercials?
I just find this very interesting, that's all... maybe I can't understand, as I'm not part of an ethnic minority...

Sorry for the rant!

sunshinecity
~ a picture, a story
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
oh man! traffic jams are the worst. i feel for you!
your daughter sounds incredibly mature. i've never known a 12 year old to apologise for anything, let alone for being annoying. 12 going on 27 seems a good way of putting it!

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stee's 2007: a blank canvas
AliThinks 11 years ago
Knitter
February 28, 2007

For Christmas I got my daughter a knitting kit and some yarn. Although there were instructions in the kit, she learned her technique from her grandmother. Now she is making a scarf with this pretty yarn that her aunt bought her. C. said it is hard to work with, though, because of the fuzzy bits. At one point, instead of 20 stitches, she ended up with 26. Oops.
AliThinks 11 years ago
Found In France


March 1, 2007

Tonight all of us – 5 adults and 9 kids (there were a couple of extra nephews in there) – went to dinner at Buffalo Grill. If you live in France you know what I am taking about. This restaurant chain is “American,” and I suppose it could be any chain in the U.S., if only because it is kid-friendly, a rare thing in France. So we all went and had a pretty good time. I’ve forgotten some of my French, however: I ordered my bison steak “à point” instead of “saignant,” and it was a little over done. Oh well. On the way out the door one of my kids pointed out this license plate on the wall, and I snapped a photo with my mobile phone.
AliThinks 11 years ago
Cool Socks

March 2, 2007

This evening I went back to La Rochelle to have dinner with some friends I haven’t seen in about three years. Their youngest son, almost five, fell asleep on the couch. I thought his socks were really cool, and I couldn’t resist taking a photo of them. It was good to see my friends after all this time.
AliThinks 11 years ago
One Bigass Earthworm


March 3, 2007

Is this not the biggest earthworm you’ve ever seen? My friends’ cat was playing with it, and my son saved it from death. He called me over to look at it, and I could tell by his excited beckoning that it was a big deal. For perspective, I made T. put his hand near the worm. T. is nine, and he is a pretty big kid for his age. So that is one bigass worm.
AliThinks 11 years ago
Maternal Love

March 4, 2007

March 4th is my mother's birthday. She died when I was 22. On her birthday, we were taking a walk, and I saw this mother and daughter. The mother was leaning toward her daughter, and I could sense the tenderness of her words. I snapped a quick photo as we walked by. It's not exactly what I saw, but you can get the general idea.
AliThinks 11 years ago
Système D

March 5, 2007

So I'm staying in a furnished apartment, and the friends who own it let me borrow some equipment. I have two skillets but no pot, and I bought pasta before I realized this. But, as you can see, it is possible to cook ravioli in a skillet. Yes, there is water in there.
lramiro520 11 years ago
Great set of photos! I really like the Kentuck plate and I would love to try going to an "American" restaurant in another country.

Yay for improvising with the ravioli...I hope it turned out ok :)

And I concur...that is one bigass earthworm! Ick!

The Other Side Of The Fence
dda1605 11 years ago
Good to have you back.

(Didier 2007 )
AliThinks 11 years ago
Thanks! The ravioli was good. But the filling kind of looked like chopped up worms. Ha ha ha! Just kidding. :-D

Merci!
AllanThinks 11 years ago
A very nice set of photos. Thanks for sharing your trip.
AliThinks 11 years ago
Le Grand Lustre

March 6, 2007

The kids and I got to Paris this afternoon, and after checking into our hotel and resting for a bit, we went to Notre Dame to escape the rain. This is the Grand Lustre, or Great Chandelier. It was taken down during the recent renovations of the cathedral, and is now on display. I thought it looked so cool in the light. Unfortunately, my camera is not seeing what my eye sees. I've been disappointed with most of my recent photos. I think that I am spending less time composing and shooting, but then my kids are either wanting me to hurry up, or I lag behind when we're with friends.

Anyway, greetings from the City of Light. I have talked to Aimee/Flare, and I need to call her back to arrange lunch! That is, if she hasn't had her baby! :-)
sotonrich 11 years ago
Busy Busy Busy........I'm glad your having a great time with your children.

Yes that is the biggest worm I have ever seen! My 9 year old self is very jealous :D

Breathed Upon
dda1605 11 years ago
Very mysterious, cool shot

(Didier 2007 )
sunshinecity 11 years ago
How great of you to share pics even when you're with the kids! I love them all...

Say hi to Aimee for us!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
satrina* 11 years ago
Yes, say hi to Aimee! and thanks for sharing your pics, my faves are March 4th and 6th

:)

Satrina: av meg
AliThinks 11 years ago
Putting Their Flare On

March 7, 2007

We met Aimee for lunch. We ate at a Cambodian restaurant in her neighborhood, and boy, was the food delicious. It was a bit spicy for my son, but it's good to expand one's horizons, isn't it?

After lunch Aimee took us to the metro, to line 14, which is all modern and automated and has no driver. I had been on this line before, but I'd never been in the very front of the train. It was pretty cool to see the track and tunnel in front of us. The kids didn't seem that impressed.

Just before we parted ways, I said "Wait! A photo!" I took this of Aimee and the kids, and she took some of me and them.

It was great to meet Aimee, and to get to know her a bit more!

We spent the afternoon doing different things. We stuck close to the hotel, because we were tired from climbing all 668 steps to the second level of the Eiffel Tower.

The other highlight of the day was chatting and webcamming with Allan while the kids watched "Nouvelle Star," the French version of American Idol.

We stayed up too late, and missed breakfast this morning. So for the first time in my life, I ordered room service. We're waiting for the coffee (o blessed coffee) and croissants and pains au chocolat. What a treat!

Today we're going to climb the 421 steps to the towers of Notre Dame, and late this afternoon we have a rendezvous with a friend of Allan's and mine from Radio Paradise.

Here is a bonus photo that shows you one of the reasons I love Paris.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Welcome to Paris...the weather today is good and there is little wind - I hope you find it agreeable.

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sunshinecity 11 years ago
That is such a great shot! I'm glad to hear you met up with Aimee!! I'm sure you guys all had fun!

Your kids are beautiful btw!

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