Finally!

Stopped to grab a quick coffee this morning en route to my destination….

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Pretty chilly so was nice to warm up a little bit…. headed to the 18th via 2 metros, waited 5 minutes and guess who has a french drivers licence now????

ME!!!!

Finally!

Especially after this incident….

After three visits total to the prefecture, it’s tucked safely in my wallet as my canadian one (that happened to expire last week) sits in my file in the 18th arrondissement for me to pick up once i’m done here in France.

Which, as of today, is never.

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Things you see in Paris…

Monsoons! ☂☂☂ 

Left for work this morning, with my umbrella and……it….. poured!!!!

I had to stop a bit past the hotel because not 3 minutes into my walk (after I said hi to my hotel security guard¹), I was soaked knee down.
The 8 year old in me was so tempted to just say ‘screw it!’ and walk in the rain no umbrella and have fun with it but i’m an adult and had to get to work.
So after 10 minutes of waiting, I walked to the metro and made it!
REALLY soaked! But loved every second of it.


 

 

¹ Convinced the security guard and I have a thing… even though the only words spoken between us have been ‘Bonjour’. ☺ 

An eventful Saturday….

Pictures don’t do it justice

Typical phrase when you travel…. and is SO true when touring Paris, or France in general.

 

Here’s a photo/video story of an eventful Saturday….

 

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Headed over to Notre Dame Cathedral to meet up with Susan and Matt. I’d never been so we waited the 10 minutes in what seemed like a long line but surprisingly it went pretty quick.

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Gardens behind the Cathedral

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Lunch followed with a pint of some pretty potent beer, Mutzig

Lunch followed with a pint of some pretty potent beer, Mutzig

Interesting sentence I read about this type of beer:

”There are two different types of Mutzig; the regular one and Mutzig Old Lager, which is the really potent one! Mutzig may vary in strength but all we know is that it will most likely affect you in a way you are not used to so be careful when you drink it. There’s a very clear reason why most people choose to drink this fantastic beer in demis not pints!”

This explains alot! 

Headed to Blanche Metro

Headed to Blanche Metro

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As you walk up the stairs of the Metro, the Moulin of Moulin Rouge is directly in front of you.


 

Insanely cute little old man played the accordion as we were walking up to ‘La butte de Montmartre’.
Had a perma smile the rest of the day!

It’s the little things in Paris… or at times, the people. ♥


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Le Consulat. Bistro in Montmartre

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Little lady needed a break.

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A nice Cotes de Provence Rosé bottle at Le Consulat

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Art square heading to the Sacré Coeur Basilica.

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↑ Paint.. not a photo.

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We walked into the Basilica and noticed there was some sort of protest outside… so we walked in and as we were walking in, we heard a big bang… and all of a sudden people started rushing in. The police had put off some gas bombs. The protesters were getting a little our of hand. We took a ‘private’ door, walked through a corridor to a staircase by an actual nun. Once outside the fence door to get out was locked until the nun came to open it up for us and there were policement everywhere. So we hightailed it out of Montmartre. But not before buying macarons and eclairs first. (no photo)

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The gates we eventually had to have open for us.

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We stopped to buy a bottle of rosé on the way to the metro en direction to the Parc Monceau….
All of a sudden, the metro stopped in between stations due to power failure. haha. Couldn’t believe our luck!!!
So after 10 minutes in the heat and humid metro, we inched forward to the next station and got out early. We decided to just walked to the park.

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Wedding party showed up to take photos at the carrousel.

 

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Took out our chefs hats that we bought for certain people back home in Canada.

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On one of the last days with Matt and Susan, we went for steak. My treat! My cheeks hurt the next day from laughing so much.

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Was another fantastic day and was sad to see them go!!! :(

But SO SO happy to have finally met them and spend some quality Parisian time with people who can appreciate Paris for what it is! :)

 

Things you see in the Metro…

One of my favourite things in the Metro…

A good voice and an accordion!

Put a little design at the top of the film to cover some faces…

My first Parisian Pinner.

Pinner.

My new term for Picnic Dinner and I had my first pinner in Paris by the Eiffel tower a few weeks ago with my sister in laws sister Susan and her boyfriend Matt who have been backpacking around Europe for almost a month now. First time meeting them and so happy I can now call them friends as well as extended family.

I’ve been here since October but haven’t done much in Paris yet but as I found out, I actually like experiencing things for the first time with people who are as well.

Cue the ‘Pinner’!!

I told them not to bring anything and I went around the 8th and bought a few things… typical french things, macarons, cheese, saucissons sec, baguette, salads and of course, plastic glasses, forks, a couple knives and a good bottle of champagne. ♥
I can never get enough of champagne!!!

The bag. was. heavy.
But I hightailed it to the 7th arrondissement in 40 degree weather, I was late!
I’m never late!

I found them, apologized profusely and we walked over to see the lady made of steel. I can honestly say that I never tire of seeing her.
We laid out a sheet and started our Pinner, talking about their travels and Paris life and what they had on their Parisian agenda.

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Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

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Our pinner goods. Belgian chocolates they brought from Bruges that Matt’s trying to save since it was SO hot out and some melted.

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Observations of the Parisian pinner: 

  • Good place to picnic: Jardins Champs de Mars

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    Jardins Champs de Mars

  • Men try to sell you wine, champagne, beers, etc. We didn’t buy any because I somewhat know my wines and I wouldn’t buy them personally.
    Especially at 10€-15€ each. Walk to a local grocery store and buy a good wine for 5€ and chill it before going on a picnic or bring/buy ice cubes.
  • Bring more than one bottle… Just in case!
  • Napkins are essential.
  • Bathrooms are available nearby
  • Twinkling of the tower is every hour at 8pm, 9pm, etc
  • Watch your belongings
  • Take tons of photos
  • Have fun! :)

 

By the time we were done we had polished off the bottle of bubbly, we sautered off to a bistro to have a bit of rosé, wait for the strike of 10PM for the twinkling of the Eiffel Tower which i’ve never seen up close.

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Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

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Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

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Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

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Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

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We then walked under and over to Trocadero where there’s another amazing view.

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Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

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Once we headed to the top we found couples dancing to music and some teaching others the steps.

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Eiffel Tower, Paris, France – We actually got to see the twinkling a second time at 11PM from another angle.

Easy to say, it’s been one of my FAVOURITE weekends since being in Paris! :)

Have a great week!!
♥ ♥ ♥

The Drivers Licence Saga Continues…

So I applied to have my Drivers Licence switched for a french one June 20th and then headed to Canada for two weeks which brought me back to France July 13th.

I kept checking online to see the status of my licence and nothing was moving so last week on Wednesday, I called.


 

Me: I’d like to know the status of my request. (gave info, etc, the usual)

Her: Seems like the request has been on hold and you have to present yourself at the prefecture.

Me calmly asking: Why?
Me (inside): OMG! F_)&*(^”£$^$(*”)!!!!!!

Her: That’s all the information I have.

Me: (in my head) Go figure! No letter was send, email, phone call. Nothing!
Thank god I picked up the phone!


Wondering what the heck could be missing, I got all my stuff ready and headed to the prefecture nice and early Friday morning. Lined up, I was second!, at 7:30 and waited until 8:30 as the line grew longer and longer behind us. At least 50-60 people.

When dealing with anything ‘government’ in France, ALWAYS get there sooner!!! 

So we went through security, presented myself on the second floor and was told to fill out a form (I had already filled out), needed two photos (which thankfully, I had) and take a photocopy of my resident card (which was already in my file)… so I headed to the third floor to make copies in black and white and then headed to the 4th floor and took a number.

I waited ten minutes, was called and explained my story, she did NOT ask for any of the informaiton I had panically put together in a span of 5 minutes right before.

She went to the back to return 10 minutes later to tell me, ‘your file will be sent to be processed.’

I replied, ‘What? What happened?’ She explained that the file wasn’t processed properly and that I could come back in 15-20 days to pick up my licence.

My file had been sitting somewhere for the past 6 weeks collecting dust.

I replied, ‘So I can return in 15 days and physically have a licence in my hand?’

She looked at me funny and said yes.

I’m still skeptical and won’t believe it until it actually happens.

A Canadian Surprise

Two weeks ago, I hopped on a plan Friday morning to go to Canada…2 flights, 14 hours later, I made it and my mum was in for a surprise…

My mum, my niece and nephews had no idea I was coming…. and also see everyone who I haven’t seen in over 9 months.

Can’t believe I’ve been in Paris for that long and it’s officially the longest time I’ve been away from immediate family for the first time in my life. Since i’ll be super busy for the next year or two, I won’t be going back to Canada so I figured I better make the jump now!!!

Spent a week in Manitoba with strickly family as we were out of town for half of that week, then headed to Ottawa and spent another week there. One week in each place was definitely not enough time to see everyone.

Sorry to those I missed!!!

So here’s the surprise video as well as some photos of a cool trip with family and friends.

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Plane #1- Paris → Toronto
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Toronto → Winnipeg

 

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Waiting in the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge in Toronto

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The Surprise Video ↓

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My Old Bedroom

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Brother & Sister in Law

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My brother and I doing what we do best… clean his garage. Its a yearly affair.

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Mimosas, crepes and the Germany/France game.

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The prairies in Manitoba

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Gelato date with my nephew

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Nephew Sebastien and I

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Cute little rental car in Ottawa

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A nice welcome home.

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Girls night with a group of awesome ladies

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Desert

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Desert selfies

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Only the strong survive… !

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Didnt know whether to grow my hair out or cut it… Well, I went there and got the shortest haircut I’ve ever had. http://www.texture.com and ask for Suzanne (at downtown location) if you’re ever in Ottawa.

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Did a bit of shopping and hit up a great Michael Kors sale. ♥

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First time meeting my other nephew ♥

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Flowers received, that I got to enjoy for one day only.

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Great trip and I have two friends so far coming to visit in September and December… possibly more coming!

Looking forward to it!

♥♥♥

 

Happy Canada Day Long Weekend

Especially to those who took Monday off!

Lucky!
​I must say that Canada day is pretty awesome in Canada, tons of people show up to celebrate the anniversary of July 1st, 1867, when the enactment of the British North America Act, 1867 (today called the Constitution Act, 1867) united three colonies into a single country within the British Empire.
Called Canada.
How’s that for a little history?? ☺

Last year, I got to watch the fireworks in Ottawa from my 17th floor apartment balcony with a man drinking Europeean beer.

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Source: Click on picture

Always amazing to watch gorgeous fireworks.

Before Ottawa, we used to go to my Uncles cottage and spend the weekend boating, fending off mosquitoes, drinking insane amounts of beer with friends and family and playing ‘survivor’ type games including eating a whole onion or shot gunning a beer.

Fun. Times!

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My brother skiing

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Manitoba, Canada

I’m no longer in Canada nor with that man but I’m still Canadian at heart (but also french at the same time) and we take being Canadians pretty seriously.

I sure miss these weekends and the time spent with family and friends but in two weeks from now is France’s national day on the 14th and I can’t wait to experience it. ♥

So to everyone back home…

HAPPY CANADA DAY!!! ♥♥♥

Living in Paris

What my friends think I’m doing… 

What my mom thinks I’m doing… 

What I let people think I’m doing… 

What I wish I was doing…

or

What I’m actually doing…

Reading about the strikes going on in France…

Grève

”It must be two important words…. They come back pretty often! ”

 

 

A little Sunday getaway

On Sunday, I met my dad for coffee right outside my apartment at around 9:30 AM.

As I was walking out of my door, I noticed I would have trouble with my swipe to get back into my apartment, was in panic mode for 10 minutes… wondering how the hell I would get back in!!!
Then realized I could use my code to open the door.. PHEW!

Once we were finished our café latés, he asked what I wanted to do for the day.

‘Get outside Paris!’, was my answer.

So we headed to Barbizon, followed by Fontainebleau, about an hour south of Paris.

Short story on both places: 

Barbizon – small town known for its renowned painters (example: Jean Francois Millet)

Fontainebleau- large town/city known for its castle

All I can say is WOW WOW WOW!
Napoleon, Marie Antoinette, Henri IV, as well as MANY other historical people walked the exact same gardens and courtyards that we were walking on and it was pretty surreal to think about it and imagine what it was like back then with what they would wear, who was who and what happened INSIDE the ‘chateau’.

Pretty cool stuff.

All in all, it was a lovely day spent in the sun and with great company.

Here’s a little sneak peek of our day as well as small video I made.☺

Enjoy! 

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Café in Paris

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Arc de Triomphe

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Barbizon, France

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Barbizon, France

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Barbizon, France

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Barbizon, France

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Barbizon, France

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Barbizon, France

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Barbizon, France

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Restaurant in Barbizon, France

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Lorsque Provence rime avec élégance. ♥

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Crostini à la tomate et aubergine

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Dad eating tripes… (not my thing… !)

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Barbizon, France

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Barbizon, France

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Barbizon, France

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New car lease option… but I want it in mint green.

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Barbizon, France

 

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Fontainebleau, France

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Fontainebleau, France

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Fontainebleau, France

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Fontainebleau, France

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Fontainebleau, France

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Fontainebleau, France

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Fontainebleau, France

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Fontainebleau, France

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Fontainebleau, France

 

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