Dog Days in Paris!
Yesterday, the dogs seemed to be everywhere we went both outside and inside cafés. It was truly amazing, and I was able to snap some great photos. Some of you have commented that you’ve already picked your favorite doggie, but you better hold off on that! Just saying…
And since we’re on animals, we caught the mounted police issuing a ticket to a wayward car along the river…a sight we’ve never seen before! That road has been closed for years!
After a breakfast with friends, we spent most of the day on a reconnaissance mission for upcoming company in early September…finding their hotel, checking bus routes, metro connections, and the best ways of moving from one place to another. They are with us for only 2 1/2 days so it pays to be efficient. I think we have it all figured out but of course, weather can be the big spoiler as it seems to clog up everything, especially the buses. Many of you know Cindi and Dave Branham and they will be here finishing out a cruise on September 1, 2, and 3.
By the way, I forgot one significant bit of cultural idiosyncrasy in Sunday’s post. The rule in Paris is “DON’T MOVE THE CAFE CHAIRS!!!!” If you do, prepare to be reprimanded, sometimes harshly. Why? I wish I knew, but it is one of those touchy points to remember. We’ve been screamed at before and saw it again yesterday at the Voulez Vous Cafe. A French lady walked over to another table and picked up an extra chair for her party of three. After she had re-positioned it at her table and sat down in it, the waiter came with a stool and firmly made her relinquish the chair for the stool. When we tell you not to move the café chairs, we mean it, as silly as that might sound. Charles & Judy Gattis can bear witness to this oddity…ha!
For the first time in 18 years, we are enjoying the dollar and the euro on basically a 1 to 1 basis! I remember the first year we were here we had to spend $1.50 for every euro. It was a killer. Yesterday, Bernie got 300 euros and it cost him $3.36! This morning the euro is at 99 cents to the dollar!
Here’s a few interesting cafe chairs from yesterday over near the Eiffel Tower.
It was a beautiful day, weather-wise, but seems these delightful cooler temps are going to be short-lived.
Have a great day!
L & B
August 23, 2022 @ 8:18 am
The euro to dollar rate is a special gift, isn’t it! The usual plan is that as the Bilbro’s head to Europe, the rate goes up! Maybe we’ve broken that pattern. Many cute doggies today. I’ve never seen the mounted police do anything besides be a presence! Silly guy who drove down there! It was not an accidental detour!
Monica & Marlyn
August 23, 2022 @ 11:11 am
Those are nice dogs, but they didn’t beat my favorite. One of the cafe chairs came close, though (to my chair choice, not to the pups)!
August 23, 2022 @ 11:36 am
Love your canine photos today as well as the last two cafe chair photos. You two are the best hosts! You plan so carefully so that visitors can make the most of their time in Paris.
August 23, 2022 @ 1:10 pm
Merci, it saves us stress and bickering…ha!
August 23, 2022 @ 12:52 pm
At lunch Sunday, a young girl moved a chair to another table, and guess what I thought of?? Oh yes, we definitely can attest to that experience with y’all. Summer is hanging in here.😩
August 23, 2022 @ 1:28 pm
Some nice chairs today. I can’t remember hanging chairs before. I liked the set with the stool. Under the bridge behind the man getting his ticket shows an opening from what I guess is a drain from the street above. In many cases this would have been just a piece of soil pipe hanging out — somebody gave an extra effort to pretty it up. Tks
August 23, 2022 @ 6:15 pm
Lovely dogs, chairs and scenery today. Especially pretty chairs! And I love the puppy in your cover photo!
August 27, 2022 @ 1:58 pm
Wearing me out? Not a chance! I look forward to and enjoying reading your posts! I’m coming to Paris next week and have jotted down so many notes from your meanderings around Paris! Merci!