Sunny Days in Paris

Paris, yesterday

Paris, yesterday

Paris

Paris is beautiful every day, but as with most places, it’s even more special when temperatures are pleasant and the sun is shining.

We left Sydney on Wednesday, the day of the eerie red dust storm. Thanks to all who sent e-mails checking we were OK.

It turned out to be very lucky that our relatively inexpensive Singapore Airlines tickets required us to wake at 4am for a 5:30am taxi. Our plane had arrived in Sydney the night before so we were able to depart on time, in the midst of numerous cancellations and delays up and down the east coast of Australia.

The weather was truly bizarre. I’ve been in dust storms in Beijing but the intense orangey-red that permeated the sky and air in Sydney made it a bit freaky and scary. Clive’s grandson woke his parents and said, “The world’s turned red.” We were amazed to read in the news that by the following day the air quality was back to normal.

Singapore Airlines was up to its usual high standards and on the second flight, from Singapore to Paris, we had our first experience on an A380. I highly recommend it; it’s as quiet as all the reports said it is, the legroom in Economy class is excellent and the screens on each seat back are larger than any others we’ve seen.

Paris!

Palais de Chaillot, Paris

Palais de Chaillot, Paris

What do you do when you first arrive in Paris? Having been sitting on airplanes for over 22 hours, we decided to walk to the apartment from the Air France bus drop-off near the Arc de Triomphe. On the way, we stopped at a café for our first French breakfast. Clive got the usual: croissant, tartine (length of baguette spread with sweet butter) with confiture (jam), freshly-squeezed orange juice, and coffee.

It may have been 9am in Paris, but it was 5pm in Sydney and I couldn’t resist ordering a sandwich (on a baguette) paté avec cornichons (country paté with small pickles), with a short black coffee, of course. Yum!

Thus fortified, we completed the trek to the apartment, where Clive got the fiddly hot water heater going without too much drama and our TV cable and wirelesss Internet connections, which we had installed last trip, were working well. What more could anyone ask for, than to be in Paris, with all technology working, and all the offerings of the city just outside? Life doesn’t get much better than that.

All This and Sunshine, Too

We’re trying to take advantage of some brilliant early autumn weather by getting outside and walking as much as possible. This also helps minimise the effects of jet lag.

As always, I am thrilled to be here.

Cheers and more from Paris soon.

Clive under the Eiffel Tower

Clive under the Eiffel Tower

7 Responses

  1. Sometimes our internet connection isn’t working after a long time away. We have FreeBox and I’ve learned not to touch it until it reboots, which it may do a couple of times. If you interfer with the rebooting, which I did once, you may need to get a new box. Info for you in case you have the same type of hookup. FreeBox is great-TV, phone and Internet for one low price.

  2. Hi Carolyn and Clive, I can just taste the petit dejeuner mmmm I want to come back … 🙂 Have a lovely time, well how can you NOT!!! Its brilliant that the weather is still great. I had really sunny weather for my trip. I miss walking around Paris and meeting up with my friends. I will be back!!

    Yes that sure was freaky weather in Sydney, and I cannot believe how quickly it cleared up.

    Arni travelled on the A380 to Singapore last Saturday, he said it was brilliant too!

  3. Welcome back! That’s quite a hike from the Etoile to your apartment, so I imagine y’all must have packed very smartly to be able to do that on foot!

    So glad the dust storm didn’t delay your departure, and happy that you’ve been greeted here with beautiful weather. And that the internet connection is up and running as all your readers get to profit from that!

    Have fun adjusting to Paris time and look forward to seeing you.

  4. Hi Carolyn & Clive,

    Welcome back !! I was thinking about you both with news of the dust dust. That was horrendous !
    When you are feeling better, we can have lunch together, and try to get Leesa with us ( she started teaching again).

    Let me know.
    😉

  5. Welcome. You couldn’t have picked a better time to arrive. The weather has been outstanding for days on end.

  6. Thanks for the lovely wishes and welcomes, everyone!

    Cheers.

  7. Hi Carolyn,

    Gosh, I feel so behind… looks like everyone has already been here… About the dust storm.. how bizarre!! Glad you guys were okay and that your flight wasn’t affected.. WHEW!!!! Was the red dust from the Outback?!

    WELCOME to Paris… welcome back, I should say… or welcome back home… if you feel like Paris is “home” to you… not sure about that…
    Sorry I missed you on this leg.. but I’m sure to catch you with Barbara on the next leg and hopefully the one after… I’ll be away from the 26 Oct- 14 Nov… Traveling again…
    Let’s try to meet up at the coffeshop in the Marais that Anne just wrote about.. it’s one of my FAVS!!
    Take care and have a nice time… enjoy the great weather!!!!
    Leesa

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