Blogging in public places

Well readers, you’re getting your accounts in somewhat real time. My shaking and badly in need to some heat in the joint body is currently bundled in my not equipped for this weather jacket and Uggs and I am now just passing time until my train to Paris arrives. Rather uneventful morning otherwise but things really are in motion now for the start of the end! Positives to enduring this cold right now: Hannah, snuggling and hot chocolate in less than 4ish hours, Mommy, Lyssy and Lucerne in 1 day, Sweet Lou himself touching down in Paris in only 3 days and then back to Aix for some family fun! Bring. It. On.

Bisous, A very cold Ali

Let’s get a little Retro

WeeFee Stick obtained. And now to make up for lost time, a little flashback on the past few weeks before we push forward into the lavender fields and fountains of Provence.

I was lucky enough to spend a little under a week in Paris with the lovey Pange as my companion before taking the TGV – no longer just a vocab word in my French textbook – to Aix. Feeling no pressure, as we had had the fortune of visiting this gorgeous city once before, we took on the city with a mindset of leisure and enjoyment. And while I had papillons a flutter in my stomach from the time we set foot on the plane, Pange did her best to calm me. I think most of them have fluttered on, hopefully because space was getting tight, but with the way I’ve been eating tartines and cheese, that’s probably not the case. *Sigh*

I guess now’s as good a time as any, especially since I’m thinking about my time spent in Paris, to say that I’m so thankful, and I’ve talked about this a lot with one of my new friends here at AUCP, that I have the kind of relationship I do with my parents. I count myself as very blessed to be able to say, “Yeah, I had a great time with my Mom in Paris” and not add my usual sarcastic tone to the statement.

Taken from the Sienne, I obviously had to make a nod at the original Orleans, without which the New Orleans that I miss so much would not exist! Merci, France.

 

But bien sur (of course), we had lots of fun taking on The City of Lights. Cafes, the Musee D’Orsay, gypsies and boat rides on the Sienne – we did it all – and even managed to blow out a hair straighter in the process. (Stupide americaines.) It was an amazing way to spend some time before my program and ended up being a great idea because I got to get over my jet lag before starting at AUCP. Smart, Mommy!

And aside from sight seeing, a fellow Tulanian made a dinner time appearance. It was so amazing to rendez-vous with Sarah at an amazing little hotel cafe and have one of the most amazing meals I’ve ever had. Wow, I think I’m channeling the Bachelorette with all of those “amazing’s.” Do I hear Jimmy Kimmel counting?

Alright, I think that about makes up for my lack of posting about Paris. On to Provence! But not tonight. Class at 9AM means I should probably sleep a little bit…

More for Pange than anyone else – the flying buttresses are her favorite!