Monday, July 3, 2006
Nico the Parisian Cat
Long line of
people waiting to enter the newest museum in
More of the line in front of the Musée.
Tom demonstrates the tariff-free status of Parisian public toilets.
View from our balcony on a gorgeous Sunday morning.
Welcome to the
instructions were delivered at about noon.
That’s right, as soon as we arrived we had a job to do. We are catsitting for two days. Our responsibility is pictured at
left. Her name is Nico, and her staff
is an American family living in
We wonder if
Nico, who is Parisian, will become an American when her staff must go back
For now, we are Parisian.
In the evening
of the day we arrived,
Not all French people watched the game. While we had dinner at Oh! Duo, on Avenue Emile Zola, we noted that the restaurant was almost full while the game was going on, and there was no television in sight.
The next morning, I tried to buy a copy of Le Parisien at the newstand, but they were sold out. That issue of the paper was devoted almost exclusively to the previous evening’s victory. Le Parisien must have printed more papers because we were able to buy one off of a brand new stack much later in the day.
much has changed in
Something else has changed. The toilet kiosks that I have explained and photographed in prior years’ journals are now FREE. There are no longer any excuses for people peeing in the bushes here.
Finally, the other big change is that the commercial street that we live next to (aptly called the Rue du Commerce) is undergoing a massive renovation to make it more friendly to pedestrians and less friendly to cars. That’s great, and we love the changes, but in the meantime, there are construction noises, dust, and barricades. The noise isn’t so bad because it replaces a lot of traffic noise.
The apartment owners asked us to check in on another apartment they own, where work has recently been done. We did that this morning, and tried desperately to revive the fried ivy in two window boxes.
Yes, it is warm
here. All three days so far have had
high temperatures of about 90 F. It
isn’t so humid as home in
Tomorrow we have appointments to see two more apartments, one of which we may rent for the month of September. One is in the Marais, and the other is near St. Sulpice and Hemingway’s former apartment.
Another neighborhood scene.