Roxanne's latest report: "Last Sunday, I was bored so I took the 96 bus from Montparnasse to the Marais to meet my friend Tania. We were looking for a going-away gift for Emily & Sage, who are moving back to Oakland. It was my 1st visit to the Marais. C'est fou! There are so many people in the streets, especially on Sundays: shoppers, tourists, local residents, gay people, Orthodox Jews. I quickly got lost:
I accidentally joined a tour group at the Archives Nationales.
I finally found the store, and Tania, but it was closed.
So we decided to head over to the rue des Rosiers where all the Jewish shops are, to get in touch with my Hebraic heritage. We each got a "falafel special" at l'As du Falafel.
I headed over to the bus stop, where I called mom to tell her I was running late:
We forgot to mention how goddamn cute it was to see Roxanne and her cousin Sophia bond in Corsica. Three-year-old Sophia was a whirlwind of energy and loved hugging and kissing Roxy, always asking if she could hold her. For her part, Roxanne loved the attention and cracked up at Sophia's antics.
Yesterday the rain stopped and the cloudy skies cleared by mid-afternoon. Agnes and Roxy headed to meet Sage in the Luxembourg Garden. After a cuppa and a crepe, we staked a spot on a pelouse (lawn)that was not interdit (forbidden), which is unusual in Paris. Roxanne had a blast vocalizing loudly and crawling up a storm.
Sage and the babe:
There's always some cool installation in the garden. Here are some shots of what look like giant blue parsnips:
Roxanne files the following report: "My parents never want to do anything fun so last Sunday, while Mom and Dad were focusing their attention on internet real estate research and the Tour de France respectively, I sneaked out and went to the bus stop.
It was a beautiful day. I got on the 91 bus and disembarked at the Jardin des Plantes. As you can see, I got a real kick out of it:
I headed over to my favorite part of the park: the zoo, or as they call it here, the Menagerie. I saw a lot of strange animals - they look like some of my toys, only a lot bigger. For example, I got a good view of this baudet, which according to the sign means "ass":
The giant turtles look cool, but they mostly just sit around all day and do nothing -- just like my mom and dad!"
As we have noted before, while in many countries the national day commemorates the nation's independence, on July 14 the French honor a jail break. But the bottom line is the same: everyone drinks and watches explosions. This year we celebrated in style. After stopping at Marc and Michelle's for a drink, we bravely crossed the Champ de Mars, where thousands had gathered to watch a concert and the fireworks.
We finally arrived at Mark and Laura's place, whose balcony overlooks the Trocadero -- a perfect view of the fireworks.
The bad news is that our friend, the lovely and talented Antonia, is leaving Paris for Montreal. Apparently, having learned French, she now wants to live somewhere where they don't speak it very well. The good news is that she had a fun mask party recently to say farewell -- co-hosted by Tania, who will be taking over the apartment. Emily, Sage, Antonia and Agnes:
John's office has two sports teams: a soccer team (or "equipe de foot") which plays in a league called Avocats-Foot, and a softball team (or "softball team") which also plays in a league of mostly law firms. John is the only person who plays on both teams. Both seasons recently ended. FC Shearman finished second in the regular season (out of 22 teams), with John playing goalkeeper most of the time in the tradition of such American exports as Brad Friedel and Kasey Keller. The team was trounced in the semifinal of the playoffs by Ernst & Young, which did not prevent the team from having a beer after the game:
Meanwhile, the Shearmanators softball team had an undefeated season, including a 16-4 win in the final against Fidal to take home the championship trophy for the 9th time in 12 years.
Both teams have a great group of guys who have been a lot of fun to play with over the past two seasons.