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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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Salon des Automobiles

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Now here's an unexpected taste of France: a classic car show in the Parc de
St Cloud in Paris. Think this photo sums up the feel of the event. More
pictures to follow and I'm going to need some help identifying the cars as
there were plenty I'd not seen before (and I'm into cars if you hadn't
16th Sep 2005, 13:11   comments (0)

Furnished Apartment

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Just thought I'd send pictures of the flat with pictures up and everything
pretty well as I live with it. Both photos on the walls are ones I took in
'96 (Kings Canyon in Australia (Watch Priscilla Queen of the Desert to see
what that's like) and one of the Pont de St Nazaire. The Guitar I can't
play, the Mandolin I'm learning (can play a few tunes) and with the Bohrain
(the Irish Drum) I can give a good enough account of myself to get a beer in
an Irish Pub session - and that's plenty good enough for me! Don't even ask
about the Didgeridoo.
16th Sep 2005, 13:06   comments (0)

Halifax (NS) Citadel Flower

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Leo asked how I'm finding Versailles so I thought I'd use a random Canada
photo to post a response. Versailles is great, I'll never tire of the drive
down the main avenue to the Chateau (Avenue de Paris) or the Palace gardens.
Other than that, the restaurants are great and many and mixed. I had a
"Quick" (like a French Burger King) a week or so ago, Breton Crepes
another day and had Japanese on Sunday evening (3 courses for 12 euro!).
Very chilled, but still accessible; plenty of buses where needed and quieter
than Paris. I much prefer this to the "city" thing. I'll try to cycle in to
work through the forest in a week or so's time and will be going to a
Classic Car Show in St Cloud on Sunday. Just got to find a launderette as
I've moved away from the one I was using.
6th Sep 2005, 17:39   comments (3)


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When you don't know the French words needed to get your hair cut, get it cut
in English and take reference photos. I'd like to say "I'm not just a pretty
face, you know...." but I know that opens me up to all sorts of abuse!
6th Sep 2005, 15:15   comments (1)

Versailles Flat

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So here I am moved in. Sharon helped me load the van in Brum and J-Georges
helped here. I'm so glad to be in. I've still got plenty of sorting out to
do which helps distract me from the fact that my wife is still in the UK.Rachael asked how big the flat is. The advert said 50m^2 or there abouts.
5th Sep 2005, 13:23   comments (0)

Back to Brum at 2am

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Here it is then, one French rental van, the inside of the Channel Tunnel
Tall Vehicle carriage and an evening meal of champions. Don't want to be too
sad, but the van was fab. Electric Windows, Climate Control, multi-adjustable
driver's seat, cruise control, keyless entry. It goes like a rocket and is
relaxing to drive. Better than my SAAB, really. Only complaint is it doesn't have "I'M DRIVING A FRENCH
VAN 'COS I'M MOVING TO VERSAILLES" written in big letters down the side.

Versailles Apartment - Bed 2

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The next challenge was to get it out of the car at the apartment. Not sure I
liked some of the clattering noises the large box made. Next to get it up to
the first floor, too big to fit in the lift the big box went on my back like
a Himalayan Sherpa (easier than I expected). Finally, assembly. First
diagram in the manual (inside the box) was a picture of one man carrying the
box next to a cross, a picture of two people carrying the box next to a
tick. Marvellous, fabulous advice. By midnight the bed was made. I've made a
few Ikea beds and I follow the instructions carefully (I'm an engineer but
have learnt not to use my Engineering Bravado "Instructions are for
Wimps!"). But somehow I always end up doing at least one of the steps two or
three times. Kudos to Ikea for the ever more complex engineering structure
their beds seem to have. This wooden bed has so much metal and cross bracing
that without the slats it looks like either a small part of the Clifton
Suspension Bridge or an unidentified part of a Wellington Bomber.

If you want to get a sense of scale, the bed is 200cm x 160cm which, I think, equates to either a Queen or King Size. Don't forget though, that this is my only room.
1st Sep 2005, 09:51   | tags:,,,comments (1)

Versailles Apartment - Bed 1

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Woohoo! I've got a bed! Good old Ikea. Left work at 6pm went straight to Ikea (just across the street) and put my money down. First problem was to get all the boxes in the car. The main box was enormous and just fit in my SAAB 900 with the seats down and the driver's seat and steering wheel moved forwards.

The mattress is a piece of cake: it is foam and they vacuum pack and roll it up. You can't sleep on it for 48 hours to let it regain its shape.
1st Sep 2005, 09:40   | tags:,,,comments (0)