Monday, May 28, 2012


We're in Copenhagen for a quick vacation.  What a fabulous city!  The weather has been great too.  Copenhagen is as you would expect - cool architecture, gardens, great food, and very nice people.  We had no idea the oldest amusement park in Europe was a few blocks away from our hotel - supposedly Walt Disney was inspired by Tivoli Gardens.  We've also met up with a friend of JD's, Casper, who has taken us to some great places to eat and a hip new area in the meatpacking district.

Day 1
Arriving Tivoli Hotel, Sky Bar, meeting JD's friend Casper, walking through hip new area "the meatpacking district" to dinner at a Vietnamese restaurant Le Le Nha Hang.
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Day 2
Walking all over Copenhagen - shopping district, Nyhavn (the harbor), waterfront, Amalienborg Palace (the Queen was in residence so the guards were there), bus tour, dinner at Sticks 'n Sushi, top floor of our hotel.
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Day 3
Tivoli Gardens during the day.  Those cool purple flowers are called "allium".  Alex loved the roller coaster he rode it four times.  Great Danish meal on the lake with lots of beer and schnapps.  We also got to see them feed the piranha in the aquarium.  Dinner with Casper at hamburger joint Cocks & Cows with "tattooed" buns.  There's a bit of a hamburger thing going on in Copenhagen.  Casper is a foodie and knew all the great places to eat in Copenhagen.
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Day 4
Return to Paris - hot, 80 degrees!
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Saturday, May 26, 2012

End of May, warm weather arrives

Finally the warm has arrived!  We can't complain with high 70's, especially since there is no AC over here (last night was a bit warm). And Vincent loves his food - pastrami (pikel), asparagus (only a few choking incidents), and basically anything you put in front of him. Oh, and then there was some bread baking by JD with his Cordon Bleu knowledge. Yum.

We have been spending lots of time in the park, and Vincent loves it (so does Alex).  Vincent's new tricks include standing up (holding onto something of course) and shaking his head "no no no".  And calling for Alex.  Vincent calls him "Ah".

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lots of park and other stuff

Friday, May 25, 2012

Alex's class picture

Classe 11, ecole maternelle Jean-Jaures

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

A nice day for a boat to the zoo

Finally, some sun on a Saturday!  We took the Batobus (bus boat) up the Seine to the Jardins des Plantes and went to the zoo with our friends Alex, Rebeccca, Abigail and Toby.


Friday, May 18, 2012


Some nice days in the park, but mostly May has been cool, windy, chilly, and rainy.  Vincent's new tricks include clicking his tongue against the roof of his mouth, and holding his arms up in the air.  See Alex ride a bike in the park!


Thursday, May 10, 2012


Vincent's teeth

We've been trying to get a picture of Vincent's teeth and managed to get a few.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Perpignan, Argelès-sur-Mer, and Collioure, France. Girona, Spain.

Collioure, France

We left Carcassonne and headed for Argelès-sur-Mer, via a very winding, scenic route.  We stopped in Perpignan for lunch, a French city in Catalonia. 

We checked into our hotel in Argelès-sur-Mer, which in the summer is a thriving beach town à la Ocean City or Rehoboth, except it's on the Mediterranean and at the base of the Pyranees.  For dinner we headed to Collioure, a small harbor town on Mediterranean that everyone said we must see.

On Sunday we decided to drive into Spain and JD found this great town to visit, Girona, an hour away.  The minute we entered Spain it was sunny and nice for the first time in weeks!  Girona was fabulous with an old, walled city and narrow streets, where we enjoyed a delicious leisurely meal outside before we dragged ourselves back to France.

On Monday it was a drive back to Toulouse for the flight home.

To Perpignan, Argelès-sur-Mer, and Collioure, France. 
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To Girona, Spain.
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Toulouse and home.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Vacances de printemps - Toulouse and Carcassonne

Carcassonne, France

We just returned from five days in the Southwest of France, the Languedoc-Roussillon region.  We flew to Toulouse and toured the Airbus factory where they manufacture the A380s.  No cameras allowed inside the tour!  Then we drove to Carcassone, a medieval walled city, where we stayed two nights.  Unfortunately the weather was gray and rainy, but we managed to have a good time and many fabulous meals.

Toulouse Airbus factory arriving Carcassonne


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more to come -

Perpignan, Argelès-sur-Mer, Collioure

Girona, Spain