19 July 2006

Our last day in Paris

[Posted by Colin]

Well, we've finally made it. We've had our share of stumbles, confusions, and moments lost in translation; but of course we've also achieved some great successes and had a lot of fun on the way. Even though Amy's planning to continue the blog at least through our re-adaptation to American life, today seems like a good day to note several "lasts."

  1. Right noz is my lqst chqnce to type on these frickinù AZERTY keyboqrds thqt qll of Frqnce seems to love1
  2. This is my last visit to the Bibliothèque Nationale (BNF) for awhile.
  3. It's also my last time dealing with the strange schedules at the BNF--can anybody explain to me why the photocopy people only works afternoons, even though the library is open from 9am to 8pm every day (except Sundays, when only part of the library is open, and Mondays, when the library opens at 2pm)? And of course, this only refers to the Tolbiac site, all the others operate on their own schedules...
  4. We just closed our French bank account, so no more Carte Bleue for us. :(
  5. Yesterday I cancelled our internet subscription...which they were remarkably prompt about shutting down. (Hence, I'm writing this at the BNF.)
  6. I just had my last meal at Quick, the Belgian chain established in response to McDonalds. And when I say "in response," I mean that whenever you stand in front of a McDo's in Paris, you can bet that there's a Quick within one or two minutes on foot.
  7. Last night was Didg's last playdate with Sophie. He was an absolute maniac, so I think he's going to miss her as much as we're going to miss all of our Parisian friends--especially Monsieur et Madame Hake.
  8. Tonight will be our last Métro ride. [Scheer, if you're reading this, I still maintain that the Métro is way better than the Tube in London!]
  9. Tomorrow will be my last visit to Charles de Gaulle Airport for quite while. Thank goodness, because in the last two weeks, I've been out there once to see Rachel off and have flown through there four times!
  10. Tonight is our last supper in Paris. The plan is a picnic dinner--we're picking up a baguette, charcuterie, cheese, fruits, a bottle of cider, and little cakes from Lenôtre.
  11. And, last but not least, tonight is our last night of romance in the City of Love. We're having our picnic on the Champ de Mars, where we'll watch the sun set behind the Eiffel Tower. And at 10 and 11pm tonight, we'll get one last chance to see the Tower sparkle like a diamond...without a doubt, that is the most beautiful sight in the City of Light.

Thanks for following us through this adventure, and we'll see y'all on the other side of the pond!


At 19/7/06 15:46, Blogger Joe said...

A friendly request--be sure to leave out the (sordid) details about your "last night of romance in the City of Love." Ewwwwww.
And C'mon, Ypsi is just as romantic as Paris.

At 19/7/06 16:47, Blogger KatHarrmann said...

It's so crazy that you guys are finally headed home! Best of luck! I'm sure it's been amazing!!! We can't wait to see you guys!


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