Friday, 26 October 2012

weather report,a little late

I know Thursday was yesterday but I am struggling to write this post as we have had to change the keyboard (some not-so-smart person left a little container of water next to the keyboard and surprise surprise it spilt) and the configurqtion - that's configuration - of the alphabets of the French keyboard is totally different from the English/American  one.  Shouldn't there be one internqtionql one?  I can no longer type from memory (haha you thought I didn't have one) but have to hunt for the  letters as I type.  Ok, small problem.  

We may soon have to turn the heaters on in the apartment; it is getting colder although nature still springs a surprise on us now and then.  The previous week was wet and cold so we readied ourselves for a weekend of museums and lounging at home with popcorn and movies.  I am just so amazed that there is so much history and culture at our doorstep; in our quartier, which is what we call neighbourhood in French, there is the Cluny Medieval Museum, a 15th century mansion built on the foundations of Roman thermal baths.  We spent our Sunday morning admiring busts and Gothic architecture and looking for the baby unicorn in the famous tapestries of  The Lady and the Unicorn.

Well, the day then turned out to be beautiful and the sunshine almost lasted till yesterday.  Hopefullers like me dug out their summer clothes and sunglasses, sat out in cafes and rooftoop terraces and ate ice cream.  It didn't last - well, it did last a bit longer than Kim Kardashian's marriage.  

A summery treat for a summery day.

 Our friend Vincent who brought the summery treat and with whom we enjoyed the summery day.

Our Malaysian friends who expected cooler weather having come from chilly London had the opportunity to lunch on our famous rooftop terrace.

While admiring other rooftops...

I hesitated only for a fraction of a second to include the photo of the Notre Dame.

Today they are meant to be cruising along the Seine river.  Probably not the best day to do it as it is grey and cold today.  I think I will go and cook them an extra hot nasi briyani to zqr; the; up. 
TO WARM THEM UP.  Bloody keyboqrd.

Monday, 15 October 2012

starting over

I did say that I would write a post every Thursday.  I didn't manage to last week.  There are just too many distractions in Paris.  Here are what we have been up to since we arrived:

Cruising the river Seine.

Setting ourselves some climbing challenges.

Taking a break and eating an ice cream while the weather still permitted.

Putting on our list of things to do: sailing a little boat at the Jardin Luxembourg.

Testing out the playgrounds in the neighbourhood.

Seeing who is the most agile and fastest.

Getting outfitted for our swimming sessions.

Mingling with our friendly neighbours at Jardin des Plantes.

Helping papa relive his youthful climbing days at Fointainebleau.

Attending balls and parties fit for royalty.

Apart from that, we have had a steady stream of friends passing through, hosting playdates, attending birthday parties, and looking for permanent housing.  We may have an update on that soon!

Thursday, 4 October 2012

jeudi de paris

Autumn is here.  Its cold and wet outside today.  Mercifully the weekend was sunny and gorgeous.  We soaked up as much of the sun as we could.

Keong and cousins were in town.  We headed out for some shopping.  On the list:  winter jackets, boots, sweaters...

... and macarons at La Duree.  The queue doesn't deter anyone.  Nor the prices ...

At a glance, the shop sign says PETERHOE

But does it really?

A sunny Sunday along the Seine.

Anais and Tea on their regular mode of transport, shipped from Malaysia.

Couldn't resist, its been a while since I last posted a picture of the grand dame.  The moon rising gently and we are reluctant to bid farewell to the day.