I can’t believe how quickly this week is passing -already it’s ‘hump day’, and soon it will be the end of the week…mon dieu!
Normally I wouldn’t be quite so freaked out about the week going by quickly, but the end of this week marks the passing of the Australian expected due date for bebe. I say Australian, because for some reason in France they give you an extra week on your due date (41 weeks instead of 40). I think of that as a nod to the typical French/Aus party etiquette -the Aussies arrive on time (or early!) and the French turn up much much later 🙂
Thus, I suppose I shouldn’t be so nervous about the end of the week approaching, because technically I still have another week to waddle about before concerning myself with all that labour business. It all depends on bebe’s timings of course -perhaps the actual birth date will prove if bebe is more Australian or more French!
So in the meantime, I am trying to profit as much as I can of the good weather, and get myself out of the house as much as possible.
We’ve had AMAZING weather the last week -clear blue skies and mild temperatures, the kind of weather that puts a spring in your step. Having said that, one look at the weather forecast tells me that next week it’s going to be raining every day. BOO.
On that note, in a bid to remind myself of this exceptional weather week, I thought I would share a few pics of our local park, the Buttes Chaumont!
This is one of the prettiest parks in Paris (I am so biased), which is funny, because it actually started out as one of the ugliest sights on the city skyline. In the mid 1800s it was a quarry -one of the quarries where they sourced all that stone used on those ‘typically Parisian’ buildings you see in Paris today. After they were done pillaging, it was turned into a park with all the works -gardens, green plains, artificial lakes, roman temples….even a grotto! Because…why not?
Now it’s 61 acres of prettiness. Having said that, it’s also 61 acress of steepness -the whole thing is set against a hillside (that’s why it’s called ‘Buttes’ -meaning hill in French). There are quite a few paths that you wouldn’t want to send anyone attached to wheels or bad knees down!
Today I just stuck to the top side of the park and skipped the steep walk/slide down, but there was still enough to entertain me:
The Rosa Bonheur. It doesn’t look like much, but this is THE choice for summer drinking in this part of Paris. Set in the park with a decent sized outdoor space, it is a great destination for an evening aperitif or all night bender. It would be the perfect place for some Sunday afternoon drinking sessions, but French hubby assures me that this is a ridiculous Aussie thing and would NEVER happen in France (seriously though, what’s wrong with Sunday arvo sessions? Drinks are cheaper, weather is better, there is usually live music on Sundays at pubs etc…..not to mention less crowds than a Saturday night!!).
Ironically, as I write this, I realise that French hubby and myself have never actually gone to the Rosa Bonheur for a drinking evening! Probably something to do with the crowds -there is often a line an hour long to get in after 8pm 😦 We’ve only gone there for coffee!
The view of Montmartre. This is something I will never get sick of in Paris -you might just be enjoying a regular boring day when BAM! A famous monument jumps out at you from behind a building, reminding you that you are actually in Paris, and Paris is awesome.
French exercise sessions. Apparently our local mairie (town hall) offers some cheap or maybe even free exercise classes here in the park. I happened across a few during my waddling. Tai Chi seemed to be the choice of the day for the classes, but I also saw private sessions of bootcamp, kickboxing, capoeira, dog training and a weird little class of fan dancing (which seemed to consist of a few guys hopping about and flapping Chinese fans!). Everybody was chilled out and relaxed….might have to investigate these classes a bit further, they seem great!
If I do ever manage to get down to the other side of the park to get pictures, I could show you that there are so many other fun things on offer: there are Shetland ponies for kid’s to ride, the famous ‘Guignol’ puppet theatre (he is a very classic and famous marionette puppet here in Paris), a few restaurants, not to mention a wander through the grotto to spot a few bats (that is a sight that I’m happy to miss out on though!). Perhaps I can post pics from that side of town next week, although I’d better ask bebe before making any plans!
For now, here are a few more pics around the park:
Have a lovely week!!