Paris in the Spring: Postlude 1

To bed at midnight (5PM CDT) Paris time, and luckily to sleep soon after. Up at six, out of the door by 7:45. Made it to the airport in plenty of time, and had no problems going from CDG to ORD and from there to ICT. It’s now about 5am Paris time (10pm CDT), and … Read more

Paris in the Spring: Fontaine de Carpeaux

On Sunday evening we took the short (one stop) ride down the block to visit one of the most interesting fountains in Paris, the Carpeaux Fountain. As I mentioned, we really, really like the area where we’re staying, and while we’ve ridden the buses all over the city, we’ve also spent a fair amount of … Read more

Paris in the Spring: Louvre & more

Here are a few photos from each of the past 3 days. I was doing great in terms of keeping up with the photos each day, but then we visited the Louvre on Friday. Between the two of us we took over 250 pictures! Eventually I’ll post more photos from the Louvre, but here are … Read more

Paris in the Spring: Rue Cler and more

On Thursday we took the 38 the other direction, away from the Seine. Our destination was Montparnasse Avenue, and eventually Montparnasse Tower, the tallest building in Paris. Our plan was to take the 91 down the length of the avenue on the way to the tower. After exiting the 38 we didn’t see the nearest … Read more

Paris in the Spring: Musée de l’Orangerie

I love paintings by Monet, and our trip to (the French-named city of) St. Louis awoke my interest in water lilies, so a trip to the Musée de l’Orangerie, was definitely in order. This building was specially built to display some of Monet’s largest works, known as the Nymphéas. As you can see from the … Read more

Paris in the Spring: Wednesday Wandering

We began our first full day in Paris with a short ride on the 38 bus up to Luxembourg Gardens. Here’s a photo of the bus as it’s stopping right in front of our hotel. :: After picking up a sandwich we headed over to the park for a relaxing lunch. Large, formal parks and … Read more

Paris in the Spring: Day 1

We arrived in Paris on time and with no hassles. There was an interesting wrinkle before we deplaned, when everyone had to fill out a slip of paper with their particulars, including where they were staying. Why? In order to contact us if necessary regarding the h1n1 (swine) flu situation. The ride in from the … Read more

Paris in the Spring: Preflight Interlude

To bed at 2. Up at 8. Leave at 10:30. Lunch, on the road, courtesy of Kreihbel’s in McPherson. Mmm, beef brisket sandwich, with extra napkins! Airport, 1pm. Flight to Chicago boards in about an hour. If all goes according to plan, we’ll leave Chicago around 6:30 and arrive in Paris around 9:30 Tuesday morning. … Read more

Cardinal & Oriole

As Sheryl put it, it was a Mother’s Day gift from nature when the cardinal and oriole posed for me late Sunday afternoon. It wasn’t as good as the return of our apparently lost for good cockatiel, Ginger, would have been, (she flew off a few days ago and hasn’t been seen since), but we’ve … Read more

25 Lessons from Mom

Speaking of Mother’s Day … I think I heard most of these, growing up in the 60’s when sayings like these didn’t raise an eyebrow. 25 REASONS I OWE MY MOTHER 1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE . “If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just … Read more