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After a hair raising ride to the airport courtesy of my 22 year old son I caught my flight with PLENTY of time, that would have to have been the fastest trip from Avalon to Mascot on record. Too fast too see the tunnel signs so we went via the city but guess what, I think we beat those slow folk tootling through that tunnel!
Asiana Airlines were fine again, this is the second time I have flown them, they offer a good price and are comfortable etc. I had the night in Seoul which if nothing else breaks the journey.
After enjoying a breakfast of pickled fish, my new favourite wake up food, we were on the move again. 11 hours we landed at CDG, the weather was amazing, hot and sunny! Caught the RER to town, halfway there the train pulled into a station and after an announcement ending in "le train en face" (got that bit) we all leapt up (suitcases et al) and careened over the platform to another waiting train, now chockers.... Oh well. Cabbed it to the apartment in the 18th my fave arrondissement. The apartment is small but comfortable....
Rang my American friend Sue, who is staying also in the same hood and she came over and we chatted catching up for the couple of hours. Finally the jet lag kicked in and off to bed I went.
Up this morning at the crack of dawn, ready to rock and roll by 7.15am! Now typing this in a small hole in the wall cafe after knocking back my first coffee of the day. Weather is looking promising again. Off to breakfast with Sue at a new place we have discovered.
Now later the same day.....
Turned out the new coffee place,Marcel on Ave Junot didn't open until 10.00 for Brunch, don't want brunch, want brekkie NOW so off to the old fave Le Cepage for coffee, croissant and tartine. Sat and chatted until 10.30 and then decided to see the Murano glass exhibition in the 6th. I had some old metro tickets from two years ago and lo and behold they still worked, great stuff. Found the Maillot museum and walked around admiring the glass and wondering what possessed some of the designers to create such horrendous chandeliers, fortunately there weren't many of those. Couldn't find one particular plate featured in the programme so asked an assistant where it was however he found it too hard to look up from his texting to actually be of any assistance!
Next time for lunch.... We had two choices in the 7th so off we headed, tip, never put an Aussie who has just arrived in charge of the map!! After walking for 15 mins, having paused to watch the queue outside Cristian Louboutin- kept at bay by the security guard, we realised we had been walking in completely the wrong direction - zut alors I hear you say, at least that was close to what I said... About turn, back to see some young girl exiting C. L. With the 700euro pair of shoes. I am sure they didn't have my size otherwise I would have popped inside.
Finally we reached a decision and headed for Cafe Constant, a great restaurant where we had eaten before. Instead of walking on the main road the whole way we ducked into a lovely looking park, walked right to the end of the park only to discover the exit gate was padlocked. Tres handy, about turn (again) and back we went. My feet were now getting a tad hot as the sun was shining and everyone else seemed to be sensible and were wearing sandals, my new lace ups and socks just weren't quite right.
Arrived eventually at the restaurant to find it heaving, anyway within 15 mins (promised 5) we were seated. We both had the fish and tempura style vegetables. My pesto sauce was almost non existent and I could hear Manu (my kitchen rules) remonstrating with the chef.... Where is the sauce? It wasn't the best meal I have had there which was a bit disappointing, however as we still had room we managed to share a serve of profiteroles so all was not lost.
Decided to bus it back home as the no. 80 was just around the corner. Well it would have been if we hadn't been talking so darn much and walked right passed the road, yes, and for the third time, about turn....
Now having a well earned cuppa at the flat and a feet up. Day one done.....nearly, Sue coming over to mine for a baguette and cheese and fruit dinner. Will open the complementary wine as well, and somehow a lemon tart made it in with the baguette. Don't know how that happened.
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