The weekend began with a bit of trauma for me. I collected some of my dresses, blouses, shorts, and capris to wash on delicate cycle…only to forget to put the water temperature on cold. So you know where this is going…everything including my white blouse and capris came out a teal blue like one of the dresses. In a panic (this was a third of my already-meager wardrobe), I tore off to the grocery store to buy some bleach. I soaked everything, then ran it through another cycle, and voila, all is amazingly back to its rightful color. Our other laundry trick involved Bernie’s remote for his hearing aids. He left it in his shorts’ pocket, and it washed for an hour. Thankfully, I realized it before putting it into the dryer. I used an old TV trick, bought a big bag of rice, and left it submerged overnight. Works like a charm. Hopefully no more laundry fiascos this trip.
We left St. Paul this morning under very cool but beautiful blue skies, and I knew within the hour that I should have worn something other than short sleeves. The wind was quite chilly, and yes, go ahead and chuckle along with us!
We were headed to the area around rue Royale for lunch at one of my favorite little spots, Le Village on rue Cite Berrye. It’s a quaint, alleyway with lovely but expensive shops. This area is around La Madeleine Church.
We have a knack, it seems, for falling into the right place at the right time. We had no idea this was the day for the huge Gay Pride Parade in Paris, an annual event we’ve seen many times. Rue Royale and all around La Place de la Concorde was the staging area. After lunch, we walked right across the huge traffic circle for the first time ever because it was devoid of traffic. Security was tight!
This weekend of June 23-24 is a city-wide festival called Paris en Mode – JO or Journées Olympiques. The area around Pont Alexandre and Les Invalides (where Napoleon is buried) had been turned into nothing but a fun sports Mecca, indicative of the summer Olympics. The competition is between Los Angeles and Paris to be announced in mid-September. We judged this weekend’s activities to be a commitment in good faith to the enthusiasm of Parisians for winning the games in 2024. Enjoy the pictures.
L & B