If the parking space is too large, add to the challenge by parking as
bizarrely as possible! Gare de Nord this morning.
4th Oct 2005, 14:03
Balian in Versailles gets Sharon's seal of approval. Nice stuff and very
attentive, friendly and English speaking service. The scarf she got there
was very chic.
4th Oct 2005, 13:59
I guess when you've just got to watch cartoons, you've just got to sit down
and let the rest of the world go by.
4th Oct 2005, 13:57
This is Les Andelys in Normandy, not to far from my friend's house. Nice.
This weekend we serviced my mountain bike. It's on its last legs and needs
lots replacing. My wife thinks I'm hankering for a new bike. Maybe, but this
week I took it to the shops in the evening. I had to pass through a large
forest near Versailles as the shop was on the other side. There's a long,
long very steep gravel hill on one side of the forest, so steep I had to
push the bike up it. I came back in the dark and there's nothing but a
gravel path to guide you (no lights!). Creepy stuff. I came down the hill at
some speed as my bike had full panniers, sports bag and day pack and the
brakes have never been brilliant. My light was bouncing about so much I
could barely see. Only at the last minute did I catch sight of the waist
high barrier at the end of the path. I barely missed it. I couldn't,
however, avoid the 8 inch high, 18 inch wide concrete barrier just the other
side of it and over the handlebars I went. I'm pretty scuffed up now. I
pushed the bent bike home and cleaned myself up. The sprained elbow and
wrist are improving each day so I can move them more and more. Ah bliss.
28th Sep 2005, 17:59
I went to university with a Frenchman called Vincent. I haven't seen him for
possibly 8 years, then the weekend before last I found his old number and
found him. He's got a house in Normandy. Lucky guy, the area is just
28th Sep 2005, 15:42
Didn't expect to see one of those here... (especially not with a Versailles
Registration). The other image just shows what happens it you try to take a
photo at night with the Nokia 6630 and all is not completely still.....
28th Sep 2005, 15:33
Had TV envy so I bought a digital TV card for my laptop. Didn't work very
well but I got lent a portable TV. Now there's nothing on worth watching.
28th Sep 2005, 15:23
Went home for the day last week. Flew ThompsonFly from Paris (CDG) to
Coventry. Have the following observations: ThompsonFly is one of the better
"budget" airlines. They issue you with a seat (unlike Easyjet that make it a
mad dash first on the plane, first to choose a seat nightmare) and on the
whole everything works really well. Their staff at Paris could do with a
kick as 15 minutes after boarding was due to start no-one had said anything
and I had to hope that the plane hadn't left without me. Coventry Airport is
just hilarious though. It wasn't intended for scheduled flights so there's
no taxiway. The plane lands, turns around on the end of the runway and taxis
back up the way it came. When you get out, the arrivals building is so small
that the queue for the single passport control officer stretches out onto
the tarmac. I had to look back at the plane to check that I wasn't in the
1950s and that it was a Boeing I'd just stepped out of rather than an Avro
or a Handley-Page. There's also not enough room to let the people waiting
for you into the building so out you go before you see them and then onto
the car parked on the grass (no carpark yet!). The way back the next day was
a similar affair, but I must stress it all worked really well. Got the best
seat on the plane - 2F. There's no seat 1F as the plane narrows towards the
front and so you get 1st class legroom! Also no-one had 2d or 2E so 3 seats
to myself. Fabulous.