Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Things you might like to know...

When grocery shopping in Paris, there are some things you might want to know. Although we all have images of shopping at the outside markets, there will be times when you need to run to the Monoprix for some things:

For instance -
  • Bring a cloth bag. The last time I was there (April 2008), I was surprised (pleasantly so) that there were no longer plastic bags at the check out.
  • Be ready to bag! You may be used to a bagger at your local grocery store, but if you stand by the cashier, lost in thoughts, you'll have to play catch-up as soon as you pay. Your stuff is waiting to be bagged by you. And now, here comes la veille-Madame-behind you's stuff too - yikes!
  • Get ready for a dairy isle like you've never seen one. They have dairy products of every thinkable and unthinkable description. And I haven't even gotten to the cheese. Although I have a dairy allergy, I can't resist the dairy products in France. I don't think they worry about sat fat there. I don't blame them.
  • The Monoprix (and other chains) are less expensive in the suburbs and outer parts of Paris than in the chic center.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

More Paris

Paris can be peaceful and yet vibrant at the same time. It's remarkable.

I can't tell if the peace comes from my happy heart at being there or the wonderful spots around every corner of this huge city that give you a moment to breathe and relax.

As seen around Paris

I dug out some photos from the trip in April 2008. Thought I'd post them as I have some time.

I love the contrasts in Paris, old/new, shabby/shiny, drab/bright.

Monday, September 21, 2009

A long time since I've blogged

The last post was from Paris. My trip with Lisa and Julia was over quickly. They had a blast, but I must confess that due to the stress of my father's illness during that time, I remember very little from the trip.

And this summer, 2009, he passed away. He chose to go instead of hanging around in the hospital receiving procedure after procedure. I was a brave and wonderful man and I miss him very much.

But this blog is about traveling and a traveling I shall go - again - but this time with my husband, and two daughters. I will use some of the money left behind from my dad's most enjoyed life and take the family on the trip of a lifetime.

Three weeks in France. We'll spend one week in St. Cloud (pictured) with Aunt Norrine, visiting Paris and definitely Versailles. Then down to a vacation villa near Beziers.

I hope we don't kill each other! :)