As this blog sort of serves as a journal, before I get to the Manor adventures in Paris, I have to fill in a few holes from our previous visitors’ time here. So, here’s a long entry that is mostly just so I don’t forget these memories that probably mean more to me than they will to you! :-)
A day with Katie:
May 1 is the Labor holiday in France. The city is full of people waiting around for parades and demonstration. It’s a bit bizarre. And Scotty, Katie and I were on our own as everyone else was off shopping, visiting museums, etc. Katie had been a trooper when it came to long hours of looking at art, so Scotty and I thought we’d give her the day off. And we walked around Paris and acted goofy.
Another day we went art shopping with Glen and Audrey. And would you believe they bought some prints from the same artist we did nearly three years ago!
And before Katie came over here, I sent her a copy of a children’s version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The deal was that if she read it, I would take her to the top of the famous cathedral.
After our climb, Katie and I made our way to the cool swing-type thing where Katie wanted to take a ride. We arrived to find the swing occupied by a Frenchwoman, despite the warning that it was only for children under 14. She was chatting away on her cellphone and even when little Katie approached, she wouldn’t get off. So, I told Katie to go ahead and climb on. She did, and the lady still sat on it. I have her a minute before I began pushing Katie, thinking that she would probably get off then, but no, apparently she wanted a ride as well. Don’t think I’ll ever push a middle-aged French woman on a swing again. Found it to be really bizarre.
Katie also discovered she’s a huge fan of falafel, so we had to make our way to get some of the best in town! L’As du Falafel cannot be beat!
Another day saw Mom and me taking on the shoe department at Galleries Lafayette! And we needed some fortification, so we headed to the rooftop café of Pritemps for a windy snack.
There were so many memories packed into this crazy month! Such a fun and special time.