Sand, Sea and Sun

Meanwhile, back at our beach place after our visit to England, we’ve had some magnificent skies. None of these photos has been retouched. The colors are real.

Interesting clouds and a great blue sky.

A forbidding sky one morning but it never rained. The tide is out so that is what is left behind when the water recedes.

The same dark sky with the sun behind me shining on some beach vegetation.

A nice sunset. Hot weather was on the way and I think it shows in the sky.

This cloud caught my eye. I liked the pink but especially the markings-it looks like a fish or a snake.

I don’t think I’ve seen the water sparkling like this before.

Another giant jelly fish left behind by the receding tide. It looks like an alien a bit.

Light

I went out looking for Halloween in some form, decorations or costumes, in the Marais district of Paris which can be very lively but only saw a couple of children dressed up. I did see some great light though.

img_2160 Place des Vosges looked great as usual.

img_2158 This is one place that allows people to sit on the grass as many people did in the sunshine.

img_2161 Don’t the leave look pretty underneath? It’s because the trees are trimmed into square shapes every year.

img_2168 Another pretty shot at Lake Daumesnil.

img_2179 I walked over to Notre Dame and got a shot of it in the setting sun. I was in the wrong place for a sunset though and after walking over seven miles that day, I went home instead of finding a place to photograph it.

The Sun and the Eiffel Tower

You will find Parisians sitting in those green chairs found in the parks and on grass every where enjoying the sun which we have in abundance at the moment.

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Enjoying a picnic.

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A tulip in the sun just about past its prime.

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I found a series of posters done by children featuring the Eiffel Tower.

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And a short while later I passed it in person-seen behind the Peace Wall.

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Sun

Paris can be very gray and you can go weeks without seeing even a hint of blue sky so when the sun breaks through the clouds, it’s a big deal. I went out this last Saturday to check out a Christmas Bazaar. It turned out to be less than exciting and I left after about five minutes. Since it wasn’t horribly cold I set out to walk a bit when the sun made an appearance.

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Here it comes!

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I was on Pont Alexander III, the most beautiful bridge in Paris.

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The lights are especially lovely all lined up.

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I walked on down to Place de la Concorde where the ferris wheel is set up for Christmas.

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Backing up and taking the photo from another angle, you can see the blue sky. Such a gift.

Hot

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Finally, after all of our traveling, we are back to our new place on the beach. When we left it was still chilly and we only opened our sliding glass doors in the afternoon when it warmed up a bit. Now, France is having high temperatures well into the 80’s (doesn’t sound like much if you live in Arizona but very few places have air conditioning). We came into our apartment after being gone for over a month and it was just really hot and stuffy. We opened the doors to our terrace and our bedroom window and I turned on the fan I bought before we left. It hardly seemed to matter. I knew we wouldn’t have a/c when we built this place but I got talked out of ceiling fans and, after our first night here, I regret it. With our beautiful view of the sea, comes the evening sun as we face west and we put down our shutters but it really heats up our place.

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We have a nice couple who also live in our building and they invited us for dinner the day we returned. We walked into their apartment at seven and I was blinded by the light pouring through their windows and had to run and get my sunglasses. I saw that the table for the meal was set up outside on their terrace in the full sun and my heart sank. I’m one of those unfortunate people who don’t do well in high temperatures and I don’t sit in the sun if I can help it as my Irish skin turn quickly red. The lady of the couple was very brown and I think it was just from sitting outside and eating. Her husband turns red like me. Maurice, with his gypsy heritage, is very tan. Anyway, we had champagne and very good hors d’ouvres out on the terrace. Luckily, I sat with most of my back to the sun but I could feel the back of my arms and my neck starting to burn. It was so hot. I was just drenched. Finally, around nine, a little breeze came up and the sun started setting and, by the end of our delicious meal (wonderful salad, fish with potatoes, apricot tarte)it finally started cooling down. We got back home after 11 PM and every single article of clothing had to go straight into the washer and there is no way I will be using the dryer.

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I am debating about buying an air conditioner unit. In the morning, it is nice and fresh as soon as the doors and windows are open. Once the sun hits our terrace and then our living room, I may start doing an internet search for one. When we were in Corsica, Maurice’s family not only didn’t use the a/c unit in their bedroom, they slept with the windows closed. They also closed one sliding glass door each morning that I had opened to let in cooling breezes not liking it-many French that I know, don’t like breezes or fans. I happily turned our unit on each night and it made sleeping so much easier. I am pretty used to not living with air conditioning now but a fan is a must. We will see how I go here.

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(Update: It cooled down. Yah!)

Back in Paris

We are back in Paris for the rest of the month, not counting a couple of trips while here. We arrived to hot weather and blue skies and a dusty apartment without a view of the ocean but I’m not complaining.

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Chickens roasting at our butchers along with potatoes below catching the drippings. They are always nice for a quick, tasty meal.

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I love falafal but haven’t had any in some time. I saw this store while in the Marais. You can get it to go and eat as you walk down the street.

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Various vegetables which are put on a falafal.

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People enjoying the sun on the grass at Place des Vosges.

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One reason we came back to Paris-to see one day at the French Open. We saw Sharapova defeat Azarenka and Serena Williams easily defeat the Italian, Eranni. Except for a brief rain shower, we roasted in the sun. Such a great ambiance there.