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It's Dave's birthday on Saturday, and I'd already booked a trip to Paris to celebrate, so here we are. My Eurostar tickets came courtesy of a supermarket loyalty card, so if not exactly a budget destination, it's affordable.

Yesterday was very busy - I went to Daventry to register the death and get the certificates necessary for the funeral and cremation to take place, then on to Bicester to visit oxfordia and her gorgeous daughter G. There's nothing like a three-year-old to restore a sense of proportion, frankly. I took her off to a nearby garden centre with a soft play facility, which she loved, and we bought a pot plant for maman - in "lellow". Then back home with her to do some painting and for the grownups to have a good long chat. I think it was very good for me at least.

Today everything went smoothly - the taxi was spot on time, the train to Euston only a few minutes late. The Eurostar was twenty minutes late leaving, but it wasn't really a problem, and we found the hotel with no trouble. The Paris Metro has a lot of stations close together in the centre, which makes navigation very easy.

We found a brasserie, "Les Funambules", where we had a delicious meal, if a little low on the green vegetables - but, hey, this is France. We are planning to go to see an exhibition tomorrow at the Musée d'Orsay, on dark Romanticism and the Gothic - think Drusilla with a paintbrush!

We are replete with food and wine, and a long day of travel. I can certainly recommend the convenience of Eurostar, even if it did leave late. Paris streets are shiny with rain, reflecting the bright lights of the shops and restaurants. Definitely vaut le voyage!
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brutti_ma_buoni From: brutti_ma_buoni Date: March 21st, 2013 10:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hope you both have a nice time away - I'm sure it feels odd, but a break can only be a good thing.

Plus, Paris, even if 'springtime' isn't really putting the effort in that one might wish for. Pfft, rain.
velvetwhip From: velvetwhip Date: March 21st, 2013 10:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh how marvelous! Keep having a delightful time!

kathyh From: kathyh Date: March 21st, 2013 11:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have as good a time as possible. It's actually a good thing to have a break at a time like this.

The Eurostar is brilliant (when it's working). I'm particularly fond of the First Class upgrade that is occasionally available!
geekslave From: geekslave Date: March 22nd, 2013 01:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Hope you continue to have a great time!

enigmaticblues From: enigmaticblues Date: March 22nd, 2013 02:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I hope you have a wonderful time, and that everything goes that smoothly. *hugs*
zanthinegirl From: zanthinegirl Date: March 22nd, 2013 03:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I remember after my dad died that it was really kind of nice to get out of town for a while (My mom and I drove my dad's ashes cross country. Sort of a surreal road trip) It really did help to put things into perspective.

Anyway I hope things work out for you guys. And I'm more than slightly jealous of that exhibit at the d'Orsay!
missus_grace From: missus_grace Date: March 22nd, 2013 05:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Glad you were able to keep this little celebration. It'll be a nice change of pace for a few days.
petzipellepingo From: petzipellepingo Date: March 22nd, 2013 08:17 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure both of you are ready for a nice trip after all you've been through lately.

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heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: March 22nd, 2013 09:11 am (UTC) (Link)
I hope you enjoy your break. After the stress of your MiL's final illness, a complete change will probably do you good.

I do hope that whoever has mislaid Spring finds it soon, for all our sakes. This winter has gone on quite long enough. At least in Paris there should be plenty of enjoyable ways of escaping from the cold and rain.
sartorresartus From: sartorresartus Date: March 22nd, 2013 12:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have a good break. As you said in a previous post, "Move along, now, nothing to see here." And the train will have less chance of being affected by this dismal weather.

And British Summer Time starts next Sunday...

..toujours le meme choses.
gillo From: gillo Date: March 22nd, 2013 06:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's a bit chilly, but definitely spring here, though we did see the remains if big snowdrifts from the train. Stay warm and safe.
herself_nyc From: herself_nyc Date: March 23rd, 2013 03:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I officially hate you now.
I'll get over it, though.
gillo From: gillo Date: March 23rd, 2013 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
You do realise how glamorous NYC can seem to hicks from the sticks, though?

You'll survive.
herself_nyc From: herself_nyc Date: March 23rd, 2013 09:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I will, I expect.
While always envying that one can get on a train in London and get off it 3 hours later in Paris.

Here, you get on a train and you end up in Philadelphia.
gillo From: gillo Date: March 24th, 2013 09:51 am (UTC) (Link)
I've been to Philadelphia. It's quite nice in places, even if the historical area is a bit weird...

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