And then there were the Four Wise Monkeys…

July 28, 2006


Not three - FOUR!Yes FOUR!  It seems that once upon a time (about 40 years ago) a young Australian photographer sent a beautiful young French girl the traditional three wise monkeys – beautifully carved from ivory.  There was (apparently)

Number 4some special significance to the fourth one which arrived seperately – and she’s spent a significant part of the last 40 years pondering it… with no luck. 

If we were in regular contact with that Australian photographer, we could solve the mystery in a flash.  But we’re not – so we can’t.

Then… the Aussie photographer arrived!  A sudden flash of deja-vu.  I last saw this poster on a studio wall in Hong Kong in 1975!  31 years later, and here it was again – in Paris!

 

 


Yes – that’s him…

Another wonderful evening at Florence’s, and the Pastis flowed…


So Little Time… and then she was gone!

July 26, 2006


There's some irony in this one!A nice picture of the Tower - ruined by the intrusion of some tourist...


So Many Shops…

July 25, 2006

So many shops - so little time...Mmm... that's nice


Her last three days… in Paris

July 25, 2006


They're in a cage - for once...A lot on his mind...


Resting and Recuperating… en Paris

July 20, 2006


Carla’s still with us (she flies home in 2 days) so we spend a lot of time under the La Fayette Cupolla – she’s her mother’s daughter! 

And, in the evenings, we gather in the most hospitable little garden in Paris… Chez Florence et Delphine!



The boy has lost a lot of weight but his apetite is coming back.  Florence asked him what he would like for a special dinner and he said “Snails.”  So we did – dozens of them – wonderful!


Feu d’artifice… Just to Celebrate his Release!

July 18, 2006

But it probably also had something to do with Bastille Day!  We had to protect him from being jostled by the huge crowds in the Trocadero, and it was a painful long walk to the carpark – but he made it.  Florence taught me how to REALLY drive in Paris… and I found out that no insurance policies EVER cover you around the Arc de Triomphe!

Carla & Florence – protecting their boy as the crowd grew…

The crowd – not quite fully grown – waiting…

Waiting – and zooming – getting bored…

Fireworks – at last!

Lean on me little brother – JB looking a little gaunt…

We parked in this street – honestly Keith!


Went directly to Hospital…

July 14, 2006

Did not pass go – did not collect $200 – and will not be taking part in any cycle tour – this year.  As they say in the classics… Shit REALLY does happen.  On July 11th – my diagnosis of constipation turned out to be a very angry appendix – which (probably due to the laxative!) could not be operated on until later that evening.

On the upside… If you need an emergency operation – there are worse places to do it than Paris.  He’s recovering well, and he’ll be out of here later today – although it’s going to be some time before he can travel again.  It’s Bastille Day – and there’s fireworks tonight in the Trocadero!