Tuesday, August 09, 2005


Hello. I'm been thinking of all of you. I just wanted to let you know that the move went well and I'm getting along alright. Of course, there is so much to do. I wanted to continue the Paris blog for another week or so of content. However, my pictures really didn't make it. I seemed to have packed the picture software in the shipping freight, which takes 6 weeks to get here. I think I will still write some more when I get the picture software. So if you feel like it, check back in a couple of weeks.

I am also probably going to start a weekly blog (that daily stuff is so much work!) about life in the DC suburbs. I'm looking for a new domain. I'll keep you apprised.

That's again for you loyal readers. You were great passengers on my Paris blogging ride.

-- said Auntie M in Paris
10:46 PM



Thursday, August 04, 2005

Paris Plage

The 4th annual Paris Plage is in full swing. About two miles of the road along the right bank of the Seine is turned into a "beach" thanks to tons of imported sand where people can lay in hammocks, walk through sprinklers, eat a picnic, swim in a public pool (but not in the Seine!), jump on a trampoline, play volleyball... really it is quite a set up and there are tons of activities from which to choose. So successful, it is now widely imitated throughout France and around Europe.

Volleyball in front of the Hotel de Ville

Since 2005 is the year of Brazil in France, it is also the theme of the Paris Plage. There are samba and capoeira classes at the beach too!

I was surprised to see that this year there are actually souvenir stations at the Paris Plage. You can buy beach towels, watches, mugs and shirts with the Paris Plage logo. It's pricey, but cute.

-- said Auntie M in Paris
3:18 PM



Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Nom de la Rose

Flowers shops are everywhere in Paris. One of my favorite places is Au Nom de la Rose. The store is unmistakable because they sell only roses and they throw rose petals on the ground in front of their store.

Nom de la Rose is a chain flower shop in Paris. They are all over the place, and aside from the petals on the ground, they have lovely displays. Over the years, when people came for dinner I would receive one of these beautiful bouquets.

You'd think with a middle name "Rose," I would receive more roses than I do.... hint, hint...

Happy Birthday to my husband!

-- said Auntie M in Paris
3:02 PM



Monday, August 01, 2005


According to the website, there are something like 73 McDonald's restaurants in Paris. Quelle honte!

I'm sad to report that my children have had lots of experience with McDo (pronounced Mack Dough) in France. It really hit home when we entered the city of Saumur on our Brittany road trip to have my son say "Oh yeah, I've been to this town before.... I've been to that McDonald's!"

During the two week trip we took the kids to McDo's a number of times while we were driving from one point to another. The Happy Meal toy this summer is a little radio that comes in 6 colors and each plays a different tune. My children collected four of the radios over the two weeks and my son in particular would walk around with each little radio hanging from a belt buckle with the music playing. All I could think of was.... he is a walking announcement that he has a terrible mother who takes him to McDo all the time. He was obviously oblivious to the matter, asking me "what does embarrass mean, Mommy?"

I think this is the most interesting McDonald's facade I've ever seen. It's located around Gare Saint Lazare in the 8th arrondissement. It looks like it belongs in Germany.

But here's the dirty little secret -- the French eat there too.

-- said Auntie M in Paris
9:00 PM