Paris; Colours, Urine and Tourists

Paris; Colours, Urine and Tourists

July 23, 2010 Paris by Steve Martin Edit

Colours:

Paris is grey & I don’t mean the sky. I mean the city itself. Standing on the top of the steps in the early morning light at Sacre Coeur the view of the city is clear and crisp. The stone used to build many of the old buildings is a creamy grey and when viewed from the top of the hill, with the intense density of four and five story buildings sitting higher than the street trees, you can see almost un-interrupted grey

This is not a criticism. Grey is just the colour of the place. London for example has more trees poking through and a mixture of stone and brick. Edinburgh is a deep grey thanks to the local stone. Paris is light creamy grey with a chocolate pink tower as the centre piece.

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Cricket is on the radio

Cricket is on the radio

July 22, 2010 Paris by Steve Martin Edit

It happened almost without me noticing. We’d been driving back to the cottage at La Lande D’Airou chatting away and paying little attention to the car radio. When we pulled up at the gate to our driveway I realised the Cricket was on, so I started listening for the score. With every word I got a little more confused because it all sounded so horribly familiar.

Here am I, sitting in a car at the gate to our house sit in Normandy in France on a bright summers day knowing it’s an Australian match because I’m listening to Jim Maxwell from the ABC. He is sharing his thoughts on what turns out to be the Pakistan team as they host Australia at their temporary English home ground.

It all sounded so ..... normal. So much like the other hundreds of test match broadcasts I’ve heard before. I could have been pulling in to any Australian driveway in any part of Australia during a typical summer day. But I am on the opposite side of the world with the family in the car, having a very different summer.

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A French Adventure Starts

A French Adventure Starts

June 20, 2010 Paris by Steve Martin Edit

After months on the road we have stopped.... finally. We are based in an old stone barn which has been transformed into a holiday cottage, or Gite, by it's English owners. The rent is free but it does come with tasks. We have to look after the chooks and tend to the vege garden and green house. On top of that we get to eat the eggs and vege's from the garden, so even those onerous tasks have a side benefit.

 

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Paris

Paris

April 06, 2010 Paris by Steve Martin Edit

 For this trip we have a list of Big Things we want to see and do. At the top of the list and high on the mind of James is a visit to the Eiffell Tower.... or as he calls it "the eye-pell tower". James also insists that when we visit we have "coffee & orange juice" at the very top.

 

Photo: Benh LIEU SONG

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