Thursday, 21 February 2008

Back in Blighty......


I'm back on UK soil, and Tilly is snoozing, upside down, next to me on the sofa. It's great to be back, but I think we've both had a good time. Tilly has clearly thoroughly enjoyed being spoilt rotten by her Grandparents, and I've had a great time in Paris.

As soon as I'd picked Tilly up I took her to her regular morning walking spot, to check the 'pee-mail' from her pals, and have a general blow-out. She was an absolute lunatic - which was great to see. Of course, I know that she's had oodles of exercise and games whilst I've been away, but if she'd been at kennels I would have been ringing them to rant furiously about them not having let her out the whole time I was away! I think she was just happy to be back on 'home turf' and running rings around me again.

She was also pretty jolly at having scored a 'hole in one' oral smooch with a lady who mistakenly bent down to say hello to her. Tilly provided the now trademark 'kiss' - nearly removing the unsuspecting ladys' dentures in the process.....

I seemed to fit quite a lot into my visit to France. Of course, I spent 90% of my time in cafes, people watching and ploughing my way through three books, but I also managed to visit a plethora of bookshops to replenish stocks, a few galleries and a couple of museums. I avoided Shakespeare & Co this time, having decided that it's simply an over-hyped, and rather hypocritical base for intellectually challenged, but pretentious, tourists. I did buy a couple of books from them the last time I was there though, so read into that what you will.....

Instead, this time I visited La Hune, Galignani and Librairie L7, along with a few others that I happened upon by chance - including a tiny English Language bookshop in St. Sulpice, complete with resident tortoise.

I mooched through another section of the Musee d'Orsay - having given up on previous trips, whilst attempting to see it all in a day. I also visited the Jardin des Plantes and its two key museums of natural history and comparative anatomy. I wandered through the seedy streets of Pigale, and paid the mandatory visit to the Cafe de Flore and Les Deux Magots in St Germain. I was determined not to visit these two cafes this time, having been to both before and decided that they suffered from a similar affliction to Shakespeare & Co, but I did crack in the end. Of course, I spent the whole time scuttering about people who don't even bother to learn enough French to order a couple of coffees, and then wonder why the waiters are rude. My French language skills are terrible, but at least I try......

Now, for some pictures. Of course, I've included only the vaguely cultural ones. It's not as though I spent most of the trip getting drunk on wine outside cafes......

The Musee d'Orsay.

Of course I wasn't missing my rural lifestyle.......

A Distant Relative......

The Jardin des Plantes, looking a little uninspiring!

Outside Les Deux Magots - drunk, hence the blurry image.......

Les Deux Magots, with the Cafe de Flore in the background.

St Germain Church.

10 comments:

Meg said...

Yay, glad you're back and that you enjoyed the trip! And I'm glad I'm not the only one who spends time in multiple bookstores while on vacation....

Patience-please said...

Thank you for the virtual visit to France. And you said:
"Tilly provided the now trademark 'kiss' - nearly removing the unsuspecting ladys' dentures in the process....."

She must be part whippet.

all the best-
Patience

Harry said...

If Tilly sleeps upside down, she's part way there on the Airedale Terrier training course!

I love the image of Tilly's kisses!

Thanks for a bit of culture on a Friday morning.

Toodle pip
Harry x

Flowerpot said...

Sounds like you had a good trip Graham and great weather. And I bet you and Tilly were glad to see each other. I have fond memories of Musee d'Orsay.

Beanz said...

Sounds like a good trip. I like that dog outside the cafe. Just my cup of tea.

Welcome home :)

Tilly, nice trademark.

Joker The Lurcher said...

i love the drunken dog! or maybe you were drunk? no, i'm sure it was the dog who was swaying...

i always come back from my hols with lots of pictures of dogs!

HandH said...

Thanks for the nifty guide on where to avoid - I always meant to go to Shakespeare & Co but kept ending up on the wrong side of town :-) Looks to have been nice weather. Glad Tilly hadn't forgotten you!

Nunhead Mum of One said...

The kisses from my lovely dogs have the ability to remove dentures, noses and any glasses the recipient may be wearing! Welcome back!

Linda Seid Frembes said...

Love the photos. They make me miss Paris.

DoGGa said...

Excellent stuff!!!
I'm going to take a trip to Paris soon.

Nice picture of St Germain church by the way :]