Since Sunday we've been having lovely weather. Granted Tuesday, when we went to Paris for the day wasn't so good; but Monday, yesterday and today have been glorious. Cold and frosty early in the morning, it soon warms up and the cats have a lovely time going mad on the roof chasing the lizards. We doubt they will catch one; they are just too quick! Having said that, Antoinette's mother used to be able to catch lizards with her bare hands; an Italian friend taught her.
|Paris en grisaille|
Paris was great, not too busy yet with tourists, although there are always some at any time of the year. The Dutch Embassy is not far from Gare Montparnasse where the TGV arrives, so we walked down. It was efficient and processed the paperwork for Antoinette's passport quickly after having taken her fingerprints--a new addition to the application process since last time. The passport will be ready in 2 weeks.
|virtually tourist free Louvre|
This meant that we had quite a bit of time before catching the TGV back. We decided to have a wander down towards Les Invalides and then over to the Louvre where we treated ourselves to lunch at Cafe Marly. As far as we were concerned it wasn't warm enough to sit outside -- although there were some hardy souls who did so. If the sun had broken through it would have been a different story. As you can see from the photos it didn't.
We were very impressed with the quality of the TGV train. It goes like the clappers and took exactly 1 hr from Tours to Gare Montparnasse. The level of comfort in 2nd class was also extremely good. Certainly way better than what we'd been used to when travelling into London from Suffolk. Considerably cheaper too!
Back here the daffodils are exploding out of the grass and the primulas are not far behind and the ground is drying out nicely, which means the first cut of the grass is not far away.