Irregular Posts; France 1

Friday July 13, 2012, France Bonjour, Wind and cold rain this morning.  In Germany and Czech Republic, it was typically 90 with afternoon thunderstorms.  This week in France has been 70 and cloudy, breezy and sometimes showery.    And again, we are on the gogogo! 7 days ago we arrived at Charles de Gaulle to meet David and Alice.  Our hotel was in a southerly suburb on Paris on the Seine; a down to earth working place.  We could see the commuter train to Paris from the balcony.  The Seine is on the far side of the train (out of sight).   Alice went to visit her Mom and our first business was to take that train with David into Paris to “pick up something” from Tiffany’s.  They were ready for him.  He picked up her ring!.  We also picked up some champagne. Alice’s mother Francoise, brother David, grandmother Raymonde and her boyfriend Alfonse, and the three of us had a great visit and family dinner.   Multi course and multi type wine.  We started at 7 and finished at 11.  David gave Alice her engagement ring with the family watching.  Photos and champagne and toasting! Next evening, another side of the family for another multi course dinner.  Alice’s father’s brother Thiery, wife Estelle, great aunt, two female cousins Sophie and Camille, and Sophie’s fiancée and the three of us.  Multi course dinner well done; an amuse bouchee of homemade foie gras ice cream, a baked entrée of foie gras wrapped in a ham purse and tied with chives, a main course of marvelous roast duck with vegetables,  followed by a cheese...