Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Army Patrols on the Avenue Des Champs Elysees
My day started about nine o'clock when I got up and opened my current book; my third since I've arrived, called "The French House" by Nick Alexander. A great little mindless novel about an English woman and a French man who decide to change their careers and become goat farmers in the mountains above Nice, France. They start with a very old family owned home that is falling down literally as there is a hole in the roof when they arrive and the story goes from there. Lots of fun and keeping me interested.
Jim is thrilled to have both his computer and television working but is still under the weather so today was a day off for him. But I was soon out the door and on the Metro; three changes and I was walking out to the Avenue Des Champs Elysees from under the Arc de Triomphe.
I stopped for some shopping at the Monoplix on the Avenue and sure enough I found some great bargains on the square pillowcases! It was fun shopping for some new things to leave for the next guests in the apartment also.
I've discovered that I am just fine on my own when traveling but also that I enjoy it more when I'm sharing my journey with another person. Solo traveling is okay but it's much more fun to share!
I'm enjoying cooking since Jim's been sick and he seems to be pleasantly surprised; he forgets that I did all the cooking during the early years but didn't have the luxury of cooking with wine, butter and special seasonings. Tonight I cooked rice and the sauce was slices of two large white sausage links, slices of fresh mushrooms, seasonings, butter, a touch of spicy mustard and simmered in white wine. Mixed vegetables completed the plate. A glass of red wine added a nice flavor to the meal.
Dessert tonight is one we have most evenings; half of a chocolate bar; like a hersey bar but European chocolate in the plain wrap on the bottom shelf in the grocery store. One of the best bargains that my twin and I discovered back in 2009. Delicious! Hope you enjoy the slideshow: