The Australian Embassy in Paris occupies what must be one of the best locations in the city, just a few steps from the Eiffel Tower.
Last night, we joined 150 other Aussies and guests in the Embassy’s Matilda (as in Waltzing) Bar for a barbecue, quiz night, and all-around fun get-together for a great cause, the charity The Flying Frog.
If the giant Australia poster on the side of the Embassy wasn’t enough, we knew we were in the right place when we heard familiar Aussie accents at the entry gate and saw one of the ID checkers drinking a bottle of my favourite Aussie beer.
With our hands duly stamped and raffle tickets collected, we followed a typically-friendly Aussie who seemed to know his way around. We could also have followed the aroma of a true Aussie barbie: sizzling grilled meat and piles of sautéed onions, accompanied by bread rolls and fresh salad. For a moment we felt as if we had walked back into a school or sporting event in Sydney.
The quiz — my first ever pub quiz — was both challenging and entertaining, three rounds of questions on all subjects imaginable. Clive captained our team, the Kuddly Koalas.
Though the KK’s didn’t win, everyone seemed to have a terrific time with a bit of learning and a lot of laughs. I also enjoyed talking with fellow bloggers Rosemary of AussieinFrance and Andrea of destinationeu.
We left after five hours (among the first to depart — Aussies know how to party!). After saying good-bye to new friends, we strolled across the Bir-Hakeim bridge in Paris’s unseasonably warm weather. The Eiffel Tower, lit up on a perfectly clear night, provided a magical end to the evening.
Cheers to all the Aussies in Paris. More soon.