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Well, this started out as a way that my wife could follow my lone progress in my little sports car from Birmingham UK to Orkney.

Been there, done that 2 day there, 13hour return trip.

So now follow me: an Englishman representing Americans and based in a French office near Paris. With an appartment in Versailles and trips back to the UK anything can happen and, frankly, I've no idea where this will lead!

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Sharon Moving in 3 (After)

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Flat Full. Cave Full. Storage unit in Paris Full. Phew.Was three of us unloading but then our neighbour came out an offered help.

Thank you thank you thank you Pierre and family. They offered us a simple, impromptu lunch that turned out to be Starter with Beer, Main course with Wine, Cheese Course, Dessert Course and Coffee. Completely outstanding!

A quick sightseeing tour of Paris for Father-in-Law with three of us in a part emptied big white rental van followed. Plus points: Visibility; Who cuts up a big white van?. Minus Points: Too tall for some of the underpasses (and the petrol station!); Forget parking; not ever-so manouverable.

We were still unpacking at 9pm and then dinner with Father-in-Law in Versailles at 10:30pm bed just after Midnight.
2nd Jun 2006, 16:18   comments (0)

Sharon Moving in 3 (Before)

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Sharon Moving 2

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Pick up van in Wolverhampton. Pack Van. Sounds simple but took two of us until 1am Thursday night.


3 hours sleep. Finish packing van. Pick up Father-in-Law at 9am.
Drive to Folkestone for the Eurotunnel. 5 1/2hours. Eurotunnel impeccable as usual. Drive from Calais to Versailles 4 hours. Drop Father-in-law off at hotel next to the Chateau. Sleep.

2nd Jun 2006, 14:50   comments (0)

Sharon Moving 1

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So, the long weekend move started with me flying back to Birmingham
on a British Airways Embraer 145. This was noteworthy for a few reasons:

1) I can't imagine any commercial airliner that looks more like a business jet that this one.

2) Embraer are the customer of the parts I work on (they're for the EMB190 the big sister of the EMB145)

3) The weather looked nasty.

4) This is the only British Airways flight I've been on where you have to
pay for your food. There are no head lockers on this plane so my carryon
luggage went into the hold with my wallet inside. I even asked for a cup of water and was told that I needed 1 Pound to buy a bottle. I went thirsty. That's really bad service and even the LoCost airlines will give you water if you ask for it.
2nd Jun 2006, 14:40   comments (0)


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I've been a bit quiet lately, and that's because we've been concentrating on
getting Sharon out here and getting the house packed up. I'll post more
about that soon, but I thought I'd post some flowers recently planted next
to the traffic lights in Velizy on my way to work.
2nd Jun 2006, 12:58   comments (0)


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I work close to Velizy airport and there are always things flying over us
(Biz jets, Military Transports and Helicopters). French Airforce Pumas have
been flying over most recently quite low. But you wouldn't know it from
these pictures from my 6680. He was low, but for some reason my phone didn't
think so. :(
18th May 2006, 20:52   comments (1)


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If you're having a barbeque and you're gonna cook meat, why mess around with
little pieces?
17th May 2006, 13:38   comments (2)


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Weather was just warm enough for a barbeque on Saturday. The Barbeque itself
is as old as the hills (for those who know us it was from the house in
Toisley) but it works really well. One match, one part finished bag of
charcoal and one sheet of charcoal starter and then leave for 1/2 hour. The
chimney does the rest and gives you perfect hot coals. Fab.
17th May 2006, 13:31   comments (2)