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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Elegance of Paris (posted by Ann)

Need I say more? Don't Mario and I look fabulous?
Here are a few things I learned on my last European trip.
  • When you rent an unfurnished apartment in Paris, you have to provide your own refrigerator, stove, washing machine, etc.
  • When you rent an apartment in Paris, you are responsible for the real estate taxes above and beyond the rent.
  • Typical apartments that hold a family of four are around 1,000 square feet, with two bedrooms and one bathroom.
  • Gas stations in Paris are - brace yourself for this one - underground. They are typically on the first floor of an underground parking garage. I know, I know, I couldn't believe it.
  • I went to the grocery store in Paris with Mario and I only want to buy groceries in Paris. Everything is fresh and very high quality, and I was ready to move in. I could put my bed in the aisle full of mustard. Yes, an entire aisle.
  • You can't buy brown sugar in Paris.
  • You can't buy molasses in Paris.
  • You can't buy whole dried bay leaves (?) but you can buy fresh ones!
  • If you are going to leave your iPod on the Chunnel train do it coming into London, not Paris. The lost and found in London is very efficient and you can call them 24 hours a day. Paris? Well, you write a letter and wait four weeks for a reply.
  • Guess which station I have to deal with to find my iPod. I think you already know.
  • In London pubs, when you order a beer it comes in its' own specific glass. They must have 20 beers on tap, plus more in the bottle. Just think about the glass inventory!
  • There are no snapdragons in Paris. I tried to buy them for Mario's window boxes, and there weren't any. When I drew a picture they told me they'd never seen them, which may have been my art skills but I didn't think it was THAT bad.
  • The Christmas lights in the US are very boring in comparison to Madrid or even London. Fabulous!! and of course the thing I forgot on this trip was my camera, so no pictures.

Other than that we are counting down to Christmas, and I'm ready for a break and excited to see everyone in Florida.


At 2:10 PM, Blogger Charlotte said...

Wow! London, Paris and Madrid? All I see is Atlanta, Roswell and Decatur. Love the rain parkas!

Do you really expect to EVER see the iPod? Ask Santa for another.

Hope to see you on the flip side of your Florida trip.

At 9:41 AM, Blogger Lani said...

Elegance indeed -- I expect to see this fashionable new look on the runway any day now.

So, I'm curious. What were you wanting to cook in Paris that required molasses, brown sugar, mustard and bay leaves?

And good luck with the iPod. Hopefully Paris lost and found is better than the Italian mail system's lost and found; we have a package that was lost in Italian customs about 3 months ago, and we still can't get any answer from them. Emails, snail mail, phone calls ... apparently Italians are REALLY good at ignoring them all!


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