general summary til vienne...
well, been in europe about 2 weeks now.
first was being in paris, meeting up w/sister (chris N hubby, ming) and mom, there then to bordeaux for a few days. revisiting the haut brion vineyard... then we stayed the next couple of days at chateau barroge? in st emillion. ther.., well, mom took a fall. so was emergency room chk up, etc. dr is really cute. sweet too. and it didn't cost us much but 100 euro, x-ray fee. wow, this is good health care.
anyway, back to paris after a day inside hotel w/mom.
crazy shopping days the nxt few. sunday shops r all closed.
if u come to paris, must visit Laurderee on champs... great food ther b'sides the famous macaroon desserts.
met up w/Sophie and her hubby for dinner.
by monday, everyone has split up, mom, ming and chris off to cologne/ amesterdam. sophie n her grumpy hubby to bordeaux.
while i stuck around, chk'd into a small budget hotel near the centre pompidue, waiting to meet up w/John and Nanci, who's cousin is getting married here in paris. they've been living in paris for 4 yrs now. the wedding is sat nite.
anyhoo, we hv an apt on 7, blvd morland. quite nice, c the tops of notre dame and eiffel tower thru our windows. esp the sparkling tower at nite.
ate lots of great food.
did very little sight seeing, none of our first time here. so it was leisurely stay. and our wedding couple, walter and jefferey have been great hosts, inviting us over for dinner the first nite. and going out w/friends and family the nxt few nites.
we did our own things as roommates during the day.
one day was shopping. another was to visit l'orangerie, which has finally reopened after 6 years of rennovation. waited so long for this! to c monet's installation of the lily pads. even just for a little while was inspiring enough. another day, we went in search of yummy croissant and pain au chocolate.
visit the sacre coeaur at sunset. and ate a really yummy dinner recommended by time out paris guide book. group effort here. i, for flipping to wrong area, momartre, i ended up w/monparnasse, n john for picking it. yum. one of the best restaurants here in paris besides, le tres'or, le fumoir, and now... Wadja!
sat, we took it really easy, just walked around, uploading some files at walt's for work. and searched for nanci's onion soup. obssessed! don't think she was too happy about it ths time tho. then we went home to take a quick nap b4 wedding at 7... cuz it's to last til 4 am! john thought he'd never seen any girls, let alone 2 get dressed for going out so quick, combined time of 1 hr (sharing bathroom takes longer)
great party and great speaches. good food, great wine, river boat circled around til midnite. then we docked and continue to party and drink, dance.
nxt day, well into afternoon when we hv a picnic by the seine river. by ths time, nanci has alrdy left town. just me and john to join the nice gathering of ppl from all over the world for the wedding. nice to actually talk somewht sober.
wnt home to nap by 10pm... so i can rest up and go to Queen w/andrew (bubbles) and enjique at a gay club, 1.30am the party begins. ws soooooooooooooo plastered. clubbin here is def expensive. 10euro for one shot of tequila. so drunk tht by nxt morning, i barely recalling getting myself home. or the fone call from mandy regarding work! it was to tough to get myself ready and out ther w/john to airport. whole ride i was out. then i chk my main luggage into storage and head back into paris, leave key of apt and head for train station, for lyon, where allou, diane's boyfrnd picked me up. i was out asleep nearly whole train ride.
vienne, a small town just 1/2 hour via car south of Lyon. quite beautiful. allou and diane's apt faces one of the only 2 still standing roman temples, i mean full conditioned. the other one is in Nimes, they say.
nice quiet town after paris.
tmrw, it's time for london? or should i stick around longer?