Thursday, January 26, 2012

A chateau and a prostitute

Do not go too far, my boys.  
This past weekend we visited Fontainbleau and for those of you who have not been, it does not disappoint.  Room after room of tapestries, gold leaf, embroidered fabrics, and beautifully painted walls and ceilings.  It's like the Renaissance puked over the whole place.  Over the top.

Chateau "cheese!"

I can only imagine what it must have been like to live there!  There are also 130 acres of gardens and woods.  It was cold and windy when we went but still nice to get out of Paris and stretch the ol' legs.

The throne looks kind of small. 
That's the ceiling, um over the top much?
As we started our drive back, the hubs and I both noticed at a pullover spot about 5 minutes away from the chateau, a women get out of a car do a little dance (it must have been the "I just got paid, ya ya! dance) and the driver pull away leaving her there.  Hmm, this is strange.  Then we noticed a few more women chillin' at these pullover spots.  Of course I didn't get a picture! The hubs asked his colleague at work as he always does when we need Frenchy info.  He confirmed that they were prostitutes and that in most wooded areas like the Bois de Boulogne for example it was common knowledge that is where you could locate the "working women"  or men?  They are not allowed to solicit people, but they are allowed to sit on the side of the road, and if someone happens to stop... Don't you feel more informed now?  I sure do.

That's a shoe rack and yet another use for duct take.
Marbles = Billes en francais
I am home with both Luke and Theo today.  Luke chipped his tooth, he says from eating a carrot but this is not confirmed.  His school has a very strict policy with taking him out for doctors' appointments.  Basically if you take him out, he can't come back.  So I figured it would be easier to just keep him at home.

I had been hoarding paper towel tubes because honestly you never know when you are going to need a extra cardboard tube, am I right?  Today was that day!  It occupied them for at least an hour!

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