An Aussie Evening in Paris

Eiffel Tower and Australian Embassy, Paris

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.

A 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.

Clive and 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.

Carolyn, Rosemary, Andrea

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.

Eiffel Tower from Pont Bir-Hakeim, Paris

Cheers to all the Aussies in Paris. More soon.

12 Responses

  1. Wow, Carol, you have been busy writing recently. Again, lovely pictures and it sounds as if you and Clive had lots of fun. Good on ya, girl!

  2. It was great to meet up even if we didn’t dazzle everyone with our brilliant answers! I didn’t know there were so many Australians in Paris.

  3. I’ve never heard of a pub quiz IN an embassy, how cool! Looked like fun!

  4. Looks like a lot of fun! I’m sorry I missed you guys yesterday when you met up with Karin. I hope you’ll think of me anyway and send a phone photo or two over my way!

  5. Thanks for sharing the photos and details of the evening. It sounds like a great night. Were you singing Waltzing Matilda as you strolled home?

  6. Eleanor, thanks and yes, am really loving our slower pace and being able to do a few more blog posts (and re-live these wonderful Paris days).

    Aussie in France, it really was fun and we too were surprised at how many Aussies were there. We loved being in the midst of all the Aussie accents 🙂

    Edna, great point about Embassy – pub quiz! The Aussies do know how to do fun things. Maybe they’ll have another you can go to!

    Paris Paul P – sorry to miss you but maybe another time. Your wife was so wonderful to share her expertise with us.

    Femme Francophile – would have been great if you could have been there too! We weren’t singing Waltzing Matilda but those who stayed at the bar a bit longer may have done so …

    Cheers all.

  7. Sounds like a fun evening! When I saw all of the tweets about Aussie night, it made me wish (momentarily) that I was from down under. Or at least an honorary citizen!

  8. Thanks Mary Kay — it was indeed a fun night and we’ll have to get you along next time as an honorary citizen for sure 🙂

  9. Hi Carolyn.. Glad you guys had a great time in Paris.. Looks like a fabulous trip… I have a friend who lives in that Australian building and it’s true .. best view in town from that place!

    I have been walking a lot to and in the Parc de Sceaux of late.. Glad you got to see it as it’s my favourite park in Paris..

    It kind of seems as we have been walking in all of the same places.. because I went to the bridge and the Canal just last week.. I guess we know all the good places in Paris..

    I go to Bercy Village a lot- found some really great places there.. and the park is really nice, too…

    Hope to see you and Clive on your next trip out..

    Take care and have a great weekend, Leesa

  10. G;day Leesa! Lovely to hear from you — we haven’t been to Bercy Village yet but maybe one day … hope you are enjoying Paris in spring 🙂

    See you soon I hope – we’ll have to do one of these walks at the same time!

    Cheers for now from Sydney. Manly beach misses you!

  11. I’d love to attend one of these quiz nights….any ideas on how to hear about when they’re coming up?

  12. Hello Carina!

    I heard about this one via a tweet from fellow blogger Andrea (her photo and link above), I think — I believe it was a Paris-based meetup sub-group (?) that organised it. Not sure how else to keep informed but would hope it would again be promoted on Twitter etc.

    Cheers and thanks for visiting!

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