Juillet is Full of Glee


Paris Plages, La Villette (19th arr.) – July 24, 2010


It’s still here in Paris, but in weird ways. Today (it was Tuesday when I started this…), for example, is cloudy with a high of  21°C/70°F. Not really summer-like temps and atmosphere. I’d love to feel a sunshiny 28°C/82°F with humidity below 70%. Maybe a slight breeze. Warm enough to wear a sleeveless top, but pleasant enough that going outside does not feel like going into a sauna and/or steam bath.

Yeah — for those kinds of summertime conditions, Europe is not a good place, I guess, unless it is maybe on Corsica or the Côte d’Azur. Maybe I need to think about moving to somewhere more equatorial someday.

Still, there is a lot of fun going on now that the kiddies have been out of school for a couple of weeks and people are in chillaxin’ vacances mode.

Paris Plages is one of those Paris events that is a sure sign summer is here.

Paris Plages

Paul (now “Paris Paul” of Paris Inspired – I am still pimping his blog here on mine, with great results! Y’all keep visiting him. He’s a witty guy) and I went this past weekend to check out all the activities along the Bassin de la Villette here in the 19th arrondissement. It was a happening scene.

Paris Plages

Full of sandboxes, lounge chairs, umbrellas, food and newsstands, water and other activities for the kiddies, the Paris Plages (“paree plahzh” for those of you non-Francophones out there) attempts to recreate a seaside resort for those Parisians who cannot escape the city for the real thing, like Paul and me.

Since the theme for this post is summertime sunshine and glee, I have to share this photo.

Wheeeeeee! That’s glee, if I ever saw it! Well, kind of. Her expression is a little skeptical, heh heh! In this one, her visage is a little more gleeful.


A few kids were having a great time in these misting machines. (More photos here.)

Besides the groovy inflatable water rides


there were paddle boats




Pétanque aka boules


and general enjoyment/relaxation.


If you are in Paris and want to take part, there is this location in the 19th as well as on the quais between Pont Neuf and Pont de Sully (on the Right Bank, part of which I saw from afar this past Sunday), and on the parvis in front of the Hôtel de Ville (Paris’ town hall). For more information, see the links below.

Visiting the Paris Plages is totally free, but the food at the stands costs (bien sûr), and for some activities, like the inflatable rides pictured, the waiting lists are scheduled in quickly.


Navettes Fluviales

Also related to the Paris Plages are the Navettes Fluvialesthe Water Shuttles, which go up and down the Canal l’Ourcq (rhymes with “Ork,” the planet Mork was from, except said more nasally, and with a strong “oo” and the funny gutteral “R” that is impossible for English speakers to make).


The shuttle serves the Bassin de la Villette, the Parc de la Villette, Pantin, Bobigny, Noisy-le-Sec/Bondy, and Aulnay-sous-Bois. It’s on every weekend until August 29 and only costs 1€ to go on Saturday, 2 € on Sunday, and it’s free for children under 10 years. These cruises run from the Villette Paris Plages site and back*, and focus on key sites of the Ourcq Canal.

(*People have to disembark at the terminus and then catch the following shuttle for the return trip. Information translated from the Paris Plages official site FAQ page.)

More information (schedules, maps, and other specifics) is at the Tourisme93 website (Navettes). It’s in French, but I’m kind of assuming that if you are *that* interested in going to the site, you probably know a little French, or, if not, that you are savvy like me and use Google Chrome, which offers to translate pages for you at the click of a button. 🙂

The Rosa Bonheur


Bonheur can mean happiness as well as sunshine — an overall state of well-being. Sounds like “glee” to me! The Rosa Bonheur is a trendy guingette located in the Parc des Buttes Chaumont, on which I have blogged and photographed more than sufficiently, but ohhhhkaaaay, here is another photo collage of which I am proud.


It’s the replica of the Temple of Sybil in the park, one which is fashioned after the original structure in Tivoli, Italy (allegedly, according to Wikipedia).

Another view, taken this summer:


My first summer in Paris (2008) is when the Rosa Bonheur guingette/restaurant opened (August 1, to be exact). I remember passing by and even taking some photos of the place before it got really well-known. It took me two years to finally go in, but I did earlier this month with Leesa, Dawn, and Aurelia, whom I met for the first time there in the café.

First of all, a language and history lesson about a “Guingette.”

Guinguettes were popular drinking establishments located in the suburbs of Paris and other cities in France. Ginguettes would also serve as restaurants and, often, as dance venues. The origin of the term comes from guinguet, indicating a sour white light local wine. (Wikipedia)

Further down in the notes of that Wiki article, it says:

The 1750 Dictionnaire de la langue français, defined Guinguette as a “Small cabaret in the suburbs and the surrounds of Paris, where craftsmen drink in the summer and on Sundays and on Festival days. This term is new. It comes apparently from what are sold in these cabarets: a malicious light local green wine, that is called ginguet, such as found around Paris.” The 1930 Le Larousse du XXe siècle defines it as “Cabaret of the suburbs, where people drink, eat and dance on feast days.”

One of the most famous of Renoir’s paintings takes place at a riverside guingette:

Renoir - Le Déjeuner des canotiers - The Boating Party

(Picture links back to its original source.)

Second of all, a lesson about Rosa Bonheur.

Rosa Bonheur - 1890s

(Picture links back to its original source.)

Rosa was a Realist painter in the 19th Century known for her eclectic lifestyle.

Due to a tendency in 1980s-1990s academic criticism to locate Bonheur as a proto-Feminist and as a pivotal figure for Queer theory, she is perhaps most famous today because she was known for wearing men’s clothing and living with women. Her work and artistic talent has now become somewhat secondary in importance to her manner of dress, her choice of companions and her penchant for smoking cigarettes. (Wikipedia)

She was a lesbian, and had two women companions in her lifetime. The first was her childhood friend Nathalie Micus, with whom she lived for over 40 years; the second was the woman who wrote Rosa’s “autobiography,” Anna Klumpke (information also from the Wiki article).

A brief internet look at her works confirms that she was a Realist, and she painted lots of rural and farm scenes, cows in particular.

Weaning the Calves - Rosa Bonheur

(Picture links back to its original source – the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For more works, see the Artcyclopedia.com page on Rosa Bonheur.)

What’s the connection here?

Well, a while back, I read a piece on the guingette and restaurant Rosa Bonheur (which, unfortunately, I now cannot locate), and it said that it is, in part, a lesbian team who restored and opened the place. The official restaurant website clearly endorses LGBT activities, and our gay neighbors across the way said it is quite the queer-friendly hangout — not that this really means anything. I’m just looking for the possible connections between the artist and the guingette in the park (and if you read French, you can check out what the Rosa Bonheur has to say about Rosa Bonheur, too: l’artiste). It is not, by any means, a strictly gay bar or anything like that — it is a very pleasant café and spot to relax at the top of the park, closest to Métro Botzaris on line 7 bis, and one which welcomes all people: straight, gay, adults, kids, and, apparently, mice.


Since I am still watching what I eat in terms of grains, sugar, dairy and other things, I only had a Pastis the first time I visited, and a Perrier the second, so this is not a restaurant review, per se. I’ll link in some others who have done that.

I just wanted to share some of the Paris I have seen and gotten to know, and I found this place to be a delightful one: relaxed, unpretentious, and really groovy. I don’t know about how many of you ever watched the series “Northern Exposure” back in the day, but I like to think of  this place as being run by the founding mothers of Cicely, Alaska: Cicely and Roslyn, who “brought culture, peace, and open mindedness to the small community.”

It is a lovely spot, very pastoral, very refreshing, and a place of much bonheur.



So there’s your report on some things to do in Paris over the coming month of August. (AUGUST? Al-freakin’-ready? Wow.)

Not Quite Finished

While the above is the bulk of the post for this week, I have a couple more things I have been itching to share.

The first is the Paris Files blog by David Turecamo.

Back in the day (circa 2005-2007), something my eldest son and I used to enjoy as a Sunday morning ritual was watching CBS News Sunday Morning.

CBS Sunday Morning

(Picture source and more about the show CBS Sunday Morning here.)

I know. It seems like a show for grandmas and grandpas, but it was a relaxing and informative way to wake up on a Sunday with my kiddo, who has been addicted to knowing about current events and news programming from the age of about eight. Sam (my eldest) and I used to call the show our “church service,” for what we learned about the world on the show felt as good as any sermon we’d ever heard. It was a Sunday morning fellowship between my son and me.

There was one feature that I watched with interest and that was the “Our Man in Paris” videographer. Back when Paul and my best friend Janet were all online reading one another’s blogs in our early days of reconnecting (more on that story here), I loved the pieces “Our Man in Paris” presented with insight and humor.

A couple of weeks ago, I was on cookbook author and part-time Paris resident Dorie Greenspan’s site, when I came across her post on David Turecamo’s Eiffel Tower Video. This is what I read:

… David, my friend, my neighbor in Paris and the guy best known to CBS Sunday Morning viewers as “Our Man in Paris,” has done something wonderful — again: He’s collected some of his clips on a new site, Paris Files.

I said to myself, “NO WAY!” and rushed over to the site.

Back in 2006, I had seen a couple of David’s pieces on CBS Sunday Morning, and tried to find links to his segments on CBS.com to send to Paul. I searched high and low and could not find anything to email to Paul. I remember feeling disappointment as I was so excited to learn more about the city in which Paul lived, and I wanted to share what I’d learned with him.

Lo and behold, six years later, not only are some of the segments I’d admired on David Turecamo’s blog, but I myself am in Paris, something I *never* would have dreamed at the time.

Sometimes if you wait long enough, you get what you want.


Graffiti along the rue de Crimée, 75019

Second, I wanted to let you all know while I have been out and about a lot the past month (as the 1,048 photos on my July 2010 Flickr set attest), I also have been doing quite a lot of TV-watching. For example, before heading out to this year’s Le bal des Pompiers in the 20th arrondissement on La Fête Nationale (check out one of my first posts on this blog to read about last year’s bal as well as Paul’s humorous account of this year’s at his blog), I watched hours of back-to-back episodes of “Breaking Bad.” Recommended by a co-worker of Paul’s, we both got hooked by gorging on all three seasons this past month. (Kind of appropriate given the show’s premise and theme, haha. That show is like meth!) I’ve been a huge fan of Bryan Cranston since his days as the dad in “Malcolm in the Middle,” and I am even more impressed with his turn as a high-school-science-teacher turned meth-making cook.

Then there were all the episodes of the inaugural season of “Parenthood,” with former “Gilmore Girls” mom, Lauren Graham (the biggest reason I wanted to see the show. I warmed to it as I continued to watch. Lauren Graham is as witty as ever). And there is “True Blood” as it has gotten rolling with its third season this summer.

And then there was “Glee.”

I kept seeing all my friends’ Facebook posts and tweets about this show over the past year, and knew I was missing out on something fun. So Paul located the premiere season for me, and his kids and I watched non-stop. Well, not totally. The longest we watched in one sitting was five episodes in a row one Saturday, but pretty much over three weekends the kids were with us, we got caught up to speed (22 episodes) with all that is “Glee.” It is safe to call me a “Gleek.”

Now I am getting into “Dexter,” which has been around for a while, but is new to me. Thanks to my uncle for giving me the “heads up” on that one.

I love being able to watch these programs, thanks to the internet. It helps the expat life to go a little more smoothly.

What are some of the shows you are hooked on?


One of my photos of the Firefighter’s Ball in the 20th arr. on July 14, 2010

Third, this past weekend, I had the extreme pleasure of seeing one of my oldest friends, Heather, with whom I was an exchange student in England in 1984 and with whom I hung around for most of 1985 until she went off to Colorado State in the fall (I still had one more year of high school left after she graduated). We helped one another with reverse culture-shock via listening to cassette tapes from Tears for Fears (hers) and Nik Kershaw (mine) in her mom’s Chevette (I think that’s what Heather said her mom’s car was), driving around metro Denver. Heather made the return to Colorado from life in England bearable.

She’s spent the past six years in Belgium with her husband, who is in the military. She now has two daughters, ages nine and six, and is moving back Stateside this coming week. They hope to be back in Belgium soon, but will be spending the near future in the D.C. area.

I can’t tell you how cool it was to reconnect with someone from my past like this, and here in Paris, too. It helped me to remember who I am and where I come from, and felt very “full circle” to me. It’s also thanks to Facebook that our reunion happened. For all the criticism that Facebook has faced with regards to its security and so on, I have loved the way it’s put me in touch with some long-lost people from my past. Ones that I *want* to be in touch with again. 🙂 Thank you, Facebook.

Heather and Me

Don’t we look cute, though? I get all happy and mushy just looking at this photo of us. I feel glee, but something a little more powerful, too, when I think of this chance to see Heather. It’s more like deep gratitude.

I still have some Ghetto Gardening and View Out My Window updates for you all, and Paul and I just went to the Cimitière Montparnasse and St. Germain this past weekend (as well as an adventure in Barbès which was a little nervewracking — see Paul’s posts Trailer Park Paris and Barbès – Rochechouart: Photography in a War Zone), but I am just under the 3,000 word mark here, and this post is feeling very replete. The photos are up on Flickr already if you want to have a look, but I’ll have yet to see what stories emerge from it all.

I hope that you are all wrapping up July nicely. I know a lot of people here in the Paris area are leaving for their vacations soon. How about you?

If you are not doing anything, Paul has issued an invite to anyone still in town from August 7-22 — check out his post and contact him there if you are interested.

That’s it for now, kids. Stay cool, have fun, and be gleeful, eh?

Over and out.

Paris Karin

(an alien parisienne)

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33 thoughts on “Juillet is Full of Glee

  1. Paris Plage in the 19th arrondissement looks cooler than the one downtown, I’ll try to visit before I go on vacation!

    • Hello, Cynthia!

      I have not seen the one in the center up close, but I have to say this year’s PP at the Villette is the most dynamic I’ve witnessed so far (which is two, lol — the first summer I was here I was too afraid to go out of doors much, but I did see last year’s before taking off on vacation). I should go over on a weekday afternoon to see what’s going on in comparison to the Saturday we were there. I love the canal area there even without the PP activities, so it is good for a walk in any case.

      Thank you for stopping by, Cynthia! (I’ve been reading your blog a little, too, first trying in French for the idea and then using Google Translate to fill in the gaps. I’m too chicken to leave a comment in French, though. Maybe I can leave one in English, though!)

  2. Missed out on being first commentator this week, didn’t I?

    I wasn’t expecting a post until tomorrow – you may be up there for the Longest Post of the Week (that came out a day early) but I’ll have to read it first (and do that word counting thing!)
    Will check out Paris Files first, though.

    All the best


    P.S. That top you’re wearing in the last photo… very 1970’s (late seventies!) – I’m just glad that there are still people about brave enough to wear them! Congrats (I think?)

    • Hey Keith! Not first this time, but you can keep trying! 🙂 I think this one is just about 3,000 on the nose. (Ah — I just checked. WordPress says 2,951. That’s actually a wee bit short for me, lol.)

      Hope you have a good time at Paris Files and don’t forget to check out Paris Inspired, too!

      The top is a dress I picked up in a shop here. It’s a style I keep seeing around, though. It’s made in Nepal, and yeah, is kind of hippie, for sure. While I have tattoos and piercings, the hippie chick in me is alive and well. Vive le 1970s!

      Take care, Keith, and thanks for stopping by!

  3. Man-oh-man, merci for that dose of summer. I really needed a reminder of what season we’re in. Peut-etre le plage this weekend!

    • You are welcome! I knowwwwww! Right? Where the heck is Summer this year? She’s gone missing. Maybe she got stuck in Australia or something (Carolyn?! Is that where Summer is?).

      I wish she would turn up. I feel like we slid from Spring into Fall, with just barely a hot sweltering day inbetween…

  4. Beautiful blog, Angel! We’re gonna hafta try Rosa Bonheur together one of these days. I also liked the history lesson, I had no idea there was a real ‘Rosa’.

    Thanks for the shout out! Unfortunately, still no takers yet. Looks like we’re going to have to spend our two weeks alone. 😦


    • I would love to go to the RB with you for a pastis while you are on vacation, my dear. You could do your own post about it then. Maybe another piece of flash fiction — about lesbians?

      We’ll get *someone* to show up for a trailer park party, just wait and see. I bet I can wrangle it…

      xx back atcha’.

  5. Shels Bells

    I can totally hear you sayin, “No way.”

    Loved the LGBT history lesson!

    You look gorgeous as usual, and hell yes Facebook!

    • LOL! I’m glad my dear voice still rings in your ears. Come back and visit and you can hear my voice again, and we can continue the LGBT lessons. Ummm, at the Rosa Bonheur, hahaha! 😉

      Thank you for the props on the appearance, and Facebook Rocks.

      xx for you, too!

  6. Reminds me of something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. Back in volleyball’s hayday, real fans looked for ways to increase play. Sometimes the beach is a long way off for a quick “pick-up” game or after work league play and how about if you want to play after work and run out of sun and the sun does not “always” shine. Up popped the indoor beach volleyball centers with their deep sand regulation court with heated sand. I checked and they are still doing business and are great for busnesses along with indoor go cart tracks and basket ball courts (if only there were a way to play softball indoors).


    I’m afraid the things in your park one would have to go to different parks here to find (although the waterpark with the water slides is very near the miniature golfcourse that has the paddle boats (or bumpercar boats). Crafts and bocce ball is found at regular community parks. Towns with rivers (Sacramento and Petaluma have the old fashion padlewheel boats (and some are casinos taking advantage of “off-shore” gambling rules, but most are restaurants/tourboats). But then in SF/sausolito there is the ferries that will tour the bay. All very costly, like the wine train that goes through Napa.

    I’ve always loved that Renoir painting and thought they sould bring back the “wife-beaters” and straw hats in popular fashion. LOL, they serve Perrier there? Do they also joke that it is Paris tap water? Is Calitsoga water pricier in stores because it is imported (or do they even have imported water in stores there?)?

    I haven’t watched more than Kieth Olbermann and Rachel Maddow. Breaking Bad and Dexter are on my list of shows to look up by season sometime. I down loaded the entire five seasons of Dr Who (of which I did watch three as they were shown on cable). I would also like to look into Pushing Daisies, Diary of a Call Girl, Mad Men and even Arrested Developement. Most of what I watch though has been British mystery or police dramas and the occasional sci-fi (I am amused by Rosemery and Thyme about a former police woman and a female horticulturalist that solve murder mysteries that always seem to happen as they are working on someone’s landscaping).

    I’ve not had a vacation since about 2004. I thought I might have one this year, but that was before life decided I needed a little more insecurity and knocked out the financial security that was keeping a house over my head. I too have had Facebook return an old friend to me (and she want to see me, but she lives in the Miami area. Why can’t I reconnect or even seriously connect with someone locally?)

    • Thank you for all the cross-cultural comparisons to N Cali, Ken! It’s always interesting to read about what the information here triggers about your area, too.

      LOL @ wife beaters and straw hats… What’s funny is that now I am thinking of that painting as being full of Guidos and Guidettes like from Jersey Shore, heheheheh! Maybe that painting carries the seeds of the prototype of a Guido…

      No imported waters here, except San Pelligrino, that I know of…

      Those shows you mention are all either ones I also have seen and liked, or ones that I have wanted to see! Quirky stuff. I definitely fall into the category of liking the quirky.

      So, you’ll be like us, taking free “mini-vacations” where you live then. 🙂 I hope you can get a real vacation soon, Ken. I also hope that you can reconnect with some local folks you know, too!

      Thanks for the comments, as always, and take care.

  7. Another wonderful post, Karin. Love the photo of you and Heather, and your sharing of summer in Paris — am excited to explore David T’s Paris site – how very cool you and your son watched the Sunday a.m. news program together.

    All your photos are gorgeous!

    Cheers and thanks for sharing your unique view of Paris xxoo from Sydney

    • Thank you, Carolyn. 🙂 I like knowing there are Paris lovers such as yourself out there who appreciate the view that I can share. I’m glad that the photos give you pleasure, too.

      I seriously miss watching CBS Sunday morning with the kiddo. For a while there, the first year I was gone, he watched it on his own (sometimes I would call him on Sunday morning his time, and interrupt his viewing). I don’t know if he is still watching, though. He’s growing up and his interests are evolving, for sure, lol!

      Take care and I’ll be over to your blog soon.

  8. Karin,
    My absolute favourite show for the past two years is Mad Men. Unfortunately, the season starts in August so I’m missing it! But it’s on DVD (mais oui) so I can catch up later. Great show with excellent writing, great sets, fabulous costumes and good actors. Jon Hamm doesn’t hurt either!:)

    • Hi Jennifer! I hope you are continuing to have a great time discovering Paris.

      So — it’s “must” for me to finally catch up on “Mad Men,” sounds like. I’ll have Paul get on it! 🙂

  9. I just love those pink sun chairs at Paris Plage! Summer is fun in the city… different fun, but exquisite alike! So will be our meet up tomorrow. Can’t wait!

    • I like all the colors at Paris Plage — so summery. I agree, though: especially the pink ones. 🙂

      I’m looking forward to tomorrow, Susa. See you then!

  10. Hellooooo Karin! OK, the plage at La Villette absolutely spanks the plage along the Seine. We were just along the Seine today and it continues to stun us with its lameness. It looks like we need to head up to La Villette before the end of the summer (and I use that term loosely based on the weather we’ve been having.)

    I love reading your blog because it reminds me there are a billion things I still haven’t seen in this city. I don’t know the whole of Paris yet, that’s for sure!

    Take care, lady

    • Well helloooooo, MJ! Thank you for stopping by my place. Glad you could pull up a chair (one of those cool pink ones up there) and stay for a while. 🙂 So glad to know to avoid the lame Quai de Whatever version of PP. I think that the Loosh would probably have a good time at the one at the Villette, provided it is not raining or 61° F (which is something cold °C, but I am not going to bother to convert right now…).

      Lots of fun things to see and do in this city, for sure. Paul and I just went to the Museum of Erotica yesterday and boy-howdy was that an interesting one, lol! There’s always something. It’s practically endless.

      Here’s to getting out and about some more! You take care, too. 🙂

  11. The Rosa Bonheur Guinguette sounds very nice. Do they dance in there? Because a guinguette is really a place to dance, or it used to be. When I lived in France, guinguettes were a thing of the past. It was also a place where young ladies “comme il faut” would not patronize. Maybe the new type guinguettes are different. But the Rosa Bonheur place sound interesting. You know Rosa Bonheur’s family were artists – her brother Auguste was also a well-known painter.

    It is nice for you to meet friends from home. I wish I would meet some here but not many would come to Atlanta. Actually I have not spoken with any one in French since I went to France last November. How would you feel if you had not spoken to anyone in English since last November? and will not speak to anyone until next time I go to France. Next week we will be going to Europe and change plane at Roissy but we will be there only 1 hour, so that barely counts, and on the way back we’ll change plane in Amsterdam. It has been hard because I think there are less people speaking French around here than English in Paris. At least you have all the Anglophone tourists. Going to the malls here I rarely hear French spoken, maybe some French Canadians once in a great while, but that is all. By the way my current post is the longest I have ever written – but I won’t do that for a while.

    • Hello V!

      Yes, I read that a traditional guingette has dancing, and the ones that were taking place up and down the Canal l’Ourcq this summer were specific to have dancing. I think that perhaps there has been dancing at the Rosa Bonheur at night, when they play older 70s and 80s pop music (so not traditional music, either, but “oldies” from those decades). It seems to be a more modern twist on the guingette style. They do have brightly-colored lights hanging from the trees, though, and it has a very vintage feel! I did not know that there was a brother to Rosa — I guess I skimmed that part of the Wiki article. I’m kind of fascinated with these historical but progressive women! I just went to the Musée de la Vie Romantique and learned a lot about writer George Sand from that experience. So interesting! (But then I like history, lol.)

      I can’t imagine not speaking my native language for so many months. It would be so difficult and I feel empathy for you about that! On the other hand, I have also had a dream to speak a language well enough that I can really communicate my thoughts and feelings well in that language, and read and write it, too. With my lifestyle here and speaking/learning so little French, I don’t know if it will ever happen. I guess to have one thing, we often have to give up another. So your fluency in English allows you to write perfectly, just like a native speaker, but it has come at the cost of not being able to use your mother tongue.

      Maybe some more French need to visit the US, eh? 🙂 Perhaps with your writing a blog, your French-speaking readers will come to visit you in Atlanta!

      I love, love, love your long posts and I will be over soon to read. My best friend is in Paris with her two daughters for the next three days, so we are busy touring around the city. But once they have gone back home, I will be over again to see what you have written.

      Take care, Vagabonde, and thank you for reading!

  12. Hey Karin! How you doing? I can assure you the weather’s not great in Lyon either 😦 Why do we either get boiling hot weather or miserable rainy dull weather?

    It looks as if you have a lot more “summertime” activities in Paris than we do here. I wouldn’t fancy going in one of those inflatable bubbles though!

    I can’t wait for next season of “Glee”! I never thought I’d enjoy a show like that but am surprised how catchy it is. Never watched Dexter though, how are you finding it? I’m totally hooked on Grey’s, Private Practice, Cougar Town (so funny!), Desperate Diva and loads of others – I can’t even remember their names! I still have UK tv here so I get automatic reminders whenever a new show starts which is nice.

    • Hi Piglet! I have been doing fine – busy as during the past four days my best friend was here with her two daughters to see some sights in Paris. We had a busy, tiring four days, but it was fun to take the girls around to see some things! I’m ready for a three-day nap, though. 🙂

      Today was a very cool day, so much so that it really felt like September or October, NOT the first week of August, which is normally so hot one could fry an egg on the streets, right? I don’t know what this wacky weather is about, but I am wondering about what scientists have said about the poles shifting, haha!

      The inflatable bubbles look very kid-sized and claustrophobic-making, lol. I think if I were a kid, I would want to do it! Not so much now, though. The Paris Plage seems to be a successful thing happening! Things have gotten really quiet in our neighborhood in Paris, though. Everyone seems to have deserted. The tourist spots are totally packed out, though.

      Isn’t “Glee” fun? Oh and we just started watching “Modern Family” and “Cougar Town” is always advertised as being next, so I’ve been wondering about that one. Desperate Diva, eh? I need to look that one up! And wow!! You still have UK TV??? That’s too fun! Keep me posted if there are others that you hear of that are fun. OMG — “Dexter.” I am totally hooked on that one! It is very good. In fact, I have been watching it non-stop but had to take a break when my friend was here. I am going to get to watch some more tonight, though, and can’t wait. 🙂

      Take care, Piglet, and I’ll be by to visit you soon, too.

      • Hey Karin, I’m back so thought I’d check out if you’d done a new post but no, not as yet 😦 But you’ve written me a huge response to my comment 🙂 so lots of nice Karin things to read 🙂 BIG SMILEY FACE 🙂

        I guess the weather is still really shite isn’t it? I think that’s us finished now for this summer – what do you think?

        There’s no-one in Lyon either, it’s turned into a total ghost town. Great for parking, but not great if you want to buy a baguette anyplace else than in a supermarket!

        I still pay my UK TV subscription in the UK and have a pirate sat dish here in France ***shhhhhssshhhh*** so still get it 🙂 I hate French TV, they’re so behind and I hate the silly voices they use. It makes my skin crawl.

        Definitely check out Desperate Diva and I’ll check out Dexter!

        Catch up soon 🙂 Take care

      • Hi Piglet!

        No, no new post yet, but yes to the reply. My friend was visiting the week before this past one, and now Paul is on break from work, so we are out and about a lot doing lots of things. I’ve been uploading photos like mad to Flickr from the activities, but yet have time to write about them. I think there is probably going to be a big “summary of August” post soon, but after Paul’s vacation, I’m going to Antibes for a week. I guess like a lot of places in Paris, I am closed for the month, lol.

        Aren’t the dubbed voices in English just the stupidest things ever?! The only one that is any good, I feel, in French is “The Simpsons,” though. Still not as good in English (to me, especially since I only comprehend bits and pieces) but pas mal.

        Hope things have gone well for you this past week. 🙂 See you again soon!

  13. Officially the coolest water things I’ve ever seen…I mean I’D even play in them!! Also, I love the sound of Rosa’s…must have a very liberal/relaxed vibe about it.

    • Hi Brittany!

      I just love the colors of those water things. I told Paul that if we had one on the lake at his parents’ place in Canada I would totally do it there! Rosa Bonheur really has the most pleasant atmosphere, liberal and relaxed, like you wrote. Well, it is at the times I have been! I have seen on their Facebook page some of the crowds that can build up there on weekend evenings and nights. It’s a lot of people! It is one of the “hip spots” right now. They still seem pretty relaxed, though.

      Hope you are well, and thanks for reading.

  14. Hi Karin…long time no talk…back at work…zzz..counting down the days until Sept…going to my sisters this weekend to start planning for real….kinda wish the plages where still going to be there just to see all that sand…

    I’ll have free days on the Thursday and Friday..would love to meet up for coffee somewhere….later gator.

  15. Hi Karin, it was great meeting you the other day at Malongo. Shame we didn’t get to chat much but hopefully we can meet up again. I stumbled on your blog today completely by chance! Weird, huh?

    I’m loving the photos on your blog!

    Hope to see you again soon.

    • Hi Andrea!

      How serendipitous that you stumbled here! That’s fun. 🙂 I would very much like to figure out a way to get together again soon, and have more of a chance to chat, too. Methinks we need to figure this out…

      You take care & I’ll be in touch…

  16. Carole

    Your Paris adventures keep getting better and better!

    How are you able to watch Glee, True Blood etc? Do you watch Mad Men also?

    Looking forward to your next post!

    • Hi Carole! You did not have too long to look forward to my next post, lol. I decided to do a short one not too long after you commented. 🙂

      Paul and I have supersecret surreptitious methods of viewing those shows here. 😉 It’s something anyone tech-savvy can do, and I know a lot who do. I have been meaning to catch more of Mad Men! It even seems like I watched one episode, maybe even on the plane ride back from Canada last year. I can’t remember what I thought of it, but a lot of people whom I know like it a lot. I need to check it out. Thank you for reading and hope you see the next post soon, too!

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