Paris Again!

Hello from the rainy Philadelphia suburbs!

It is a lazy Sunday.  Rainy and grey outside but cozy in here on the couch between the two snoozing cats that live here at the Chateau Working Stiff.  I am toying with the idea of baking cookies later. Who knows – I may even have some cider!

Several days ago, I wrote a post about the London leg of the trip to Europe we took this summer.  Over the past few days, I have completed two slide shows of the Paris leg of that trip, and have loaded them to YouTube.  The only reason for the two shows rather than one is that I broke it up in an effort to avoid putting viewers to sleep!  Please find the links below and enjoy the tour. read more

Rainy Day In Paris

A pretty good view of the flying buttresses that support the main chapel of the Cathedral of Notre Dame

Actually, we have had several rainy days.  At this point the small umbrella that my wife packed for me is gradually disintegrating.  I am hoping it lasts at least through tomorrow and then I can leave it to its destiny in a French landfill.

On Tuesday, we took a day trip to Bruges, Belgium, and that was our first rainy day since London.  Bruges is a very well-preserved medieval city in northwest Belgium.  As we strolled around the town it seemed like around every corner there was another incredible castle-like ancient building or another charming stone bridge over another narrow canal.  Though it was wonderful to wander the winding streets and hidden passages through the town, it was also very crowded.  We heard languages from all over and it was clear that Bruges was a very hot destination.  We had not even heard about the city before we saw the Colin Farrell film “In Bruges” when it came out back in 2008 and we wondered how many of the other visitors were in the same boat.  The wife and I agreed that the great old-world beauty of the place coupled with the massive crowds made it all seem very much like being in Disney World’s World Showcase area.  That’s a shame but I suppose a compliment to Disney! read more