Saturday, March 28, 2015

Almost. She'll kill it next year.

Today was the third annual Triathlon.  Becca did the first one 2 years ago as part of a youth team, skipped last year, and went in again this year in the Novice Tri doing it all on her own.

But this round didn't go quite as planned.  All day yesterday she was nervous about the biking portion of the race.  Today, she was a little bolder than she should have been.

(warning: blood ahead)

Ready... (seriously speedo guys?)


Few minutes into the bike portion on a really bad hill.

Pre stitches

8 frankenstein stitches later

Iodined up

Still smiling!

She's said she's going to win it next year.   It's a beautiful place and a great race and a busted knee won't scare her off.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Locks of Love

Paris is also known for its lock bridges.  There are several now, and the locks aren't more than a couple years old.  Due to its popularity from visitors around the world, the locks are regularly removed, and they're trying to figure out how to stop people from doing it entirely as the practice puts the bridges at risk.  Thousands of locks weigh, well, a lot, and this bridge is wooden.

We didn't add a lock of our own. I'm not sure if I'm keeping him yet.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Parisian art is all over the map  #1  #2

Caesar's foot from the Tuilieres garden

Hercules' bottom in the Tuilieres garden

Also from the Tuilieres garden, and it looks like the baby is done for.

St. Michel fountain, around from our hotel.

At the Louvre, he looks SO pleased.

It was only after that I saw the "no photo" sign.

Why would someone commission this?

Or this? "Hi, I'd like a huge sculpture of a dog
chewing on a boar's ear.  Oh, and the boar should
look like it's enjoying it. Hakuna Matata!"

Who's more terrified? The bearded guy or the pet lion?

Oldest piece in the Louvre.  On loan from Jordan.

Who knew there was purple marble?

Oh right.  The Mona Lisa is at the Louvre too.

Great art in the Catacombs too.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

My sneaky family

Today is Mother's Day in Jordan, in March not the U.S. May date.  I went biddly-bopping around with my day, not knowing that the munchkins had ordered cupcakes from Sugar Daddy's.  You'll notice that there's enough for everyone to get 2... and then some.  A car pulled up as we were heading out to grocery shop and I grumbled as it stopped Right In Front Of My House for No Reason.  I got around it and drove off.

It was the delivery guy.

Nicholas picked up the delivery.

Message to dad after we left the house.

The home brood is shrinking, even as they get taller.

And then Becca made an English brunch.  With homemade bread.

Parisian Foods

We also ate at a fondue place called Pain, Vin, et Fromage.  And on Wednesday night we ate at Laduree on the Champs Elysees.  No photos from those meals.  The horror.

By far, the best meal we had was at Tournebievre (look it up on TripAdvisor)

Crawfish on a bed of mixed avocado and green apple puree.


Fish, fish, and more fish!

Pastry filled with a nutella-y cream. Ian had profiteroles.

Banana and nutella crepe, streetside.

A wedge of fried brie. Can't remember the name of the restaurant.

Escargots in pastry shells.

Ian's whole fish.

Leg of lapin.

More crepes

Morning coffee break at a Louvre cafe.

Had to have a macaron.  Did not have to have a McMacaron.

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Hotel and surrounds

So we cheated a little on this trip and told the hotel it was for our Anniversary.  We haven't quite reached 19 years, but at this point, close enough right?