Thursday, June 14, 2018

Thursday Thoughts

It's Thursday. I'm in Pittsburgh, sorting through a lot of photos from vacation. So my thoughts are still on vacation.

Paris Thoughts:
  • A lot of people still smoke. It definitely dampened my enjoyment sitting outside at a cafe, enjoying wine and maybe a treat, when I smelled cigarette smoke. It was also gross when we'd be out walking and the smoke from people in front of us would hit me in the face. Several of our tour guides told us that there is a campaign to get people to quit and that 1 million people had (the government had just released these numbers). That's great, but I think a few more million need to quit!
  • Driving in Paris is insane. Not that we did it. Nope. No way. But we took a driving tour and there were several times I couldn't believe we didn't die in a ball of twisted, crunched metal. They are fearless drivers. That circle around the Arc de Triomphe? Crazy. I can see why all the tourist information said to not try to cross the road to get to it (use the underground passage). We also took a driving tour in Normandy and while there was less traffic, it still seemed nuttier than driving here. Driving around Robinson on weekends now seems so tame and calm and civilized.
  • If you're in Paris near the tourist destinations, a lot of French shop people and servers can (and will) speak English and often have English menus (or English translations under the French). This was helpful as it has been a long time since high school French. But we always tried in French first! Trying out your très mauvais français and asking "parlez vous anglais?" is always appreciated before they smile and hand you the English menu. (I thought it was très mal français but translate tells me otherwise-?).
  • I had problems sticking to English and French. I kept blurting out words/phrases in Japanese. Whoops. I did major in Japanese, lived there for 2 years, and worked for a Japanese company. For instance, I couldn't get the hang of saying oui, I kept saying hai, which probably sounded like hi, so instead of yes I was always saying hello. But I meant yes - in Japanese.  
  • I had a good giggle when I was finishing my thé et tarte noisette au chocolat at a cafe and watching SP across the street, inside the fromagerie, trying to purchase some cheese. He later told me that there was a Chinese woman in the shop, too, and between the French/no English cheese lady, Chinese & English speaking/not French speaking/not knowing much about cheese woman (tourist), and SP with his 6 words of French & newly acquired cheese knowledge from our food tour, the three of them managed to pick out cheeses and complete 2 cheese transactions.  
  • We're already missing our daily doses of mimolette and saint-nectaire cheeses.
What We're Eating:
  • Steak with Tomatoes-Mozzarella-Basil
  • Pasta Salad
  • Dessert: Lemon-Speculoos Ice Cream
What We're Watching:
  • We missed The Americans series finale (vacation). We finally watched it and I liked it. It made me cry. So much more powerful than simply having someone(s) die or go to jail. Everyone lost, everyone had their life shattered, no one will ever be the same. The person who chose to get off the train and the reactions of the people on the train when they see that person got off? Wow. The whole garage scene when it all comes out? Wow. Excellent show. I will miss it.
  • Supergirl is still going on, and it's OK but I'm a little tired of this storyline.
  • I caught up on the first 3 episodes of Animal Kingdom. I didn't really think that would happen with Baz, but it did, and it's interesting to see where things will go now.
  • We started watching Succession on HBO. We liked the first 2 episodes.
  • We also starting watching the new season of Six on History Channel. So far, we're enjoying it.
  • And we started watching Genius-Pablo Picasso on National Geographic. It's not grabbing me the way the Einstein series did, but we'll stick with it.
What I'm Reading:
No books. Just a giant magazine pile. Huge.

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