Thursday, April 28, 2011

Spring aka Summer

This faux summer seems to have come to at least a temporary end after the long Easter weekend, but Paris was taking full advantage while it was happening.  This fellow relaxing on the deck of his houseboat moored near the Pont Alexandre III might have been on the Canal du Midi, bike ready to ride along the towpath.

We would happily have joined this family having lunch on Easter Monday (a national holiday).

For someone who has never had allergies, it took me a while to realize that the sudden sneezing fits and throat tickles were likely caused by the gorgeous and ubiquitous chestnut trees flowering all over the streets and parks.  Yes, just like the song says, "chestnuts in blossom".  Achoo!

I don't know if this is a Citroën or a Peugeot or some other make, but by god it's still running on the streets of a holiday Paris, with the family within grinning proudly as it drives by

It didn't cool down much in the evening so a party on the quai was probably more appealing than one in a stuffy apartment.  This was just one of many we passed on the way to our own pleasantly cool place.  Those old stones make for great insulation.

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