I AM JUST WAITING FOR A SAUSAGE MONSIEUR
16.12.2014 11 °C
I wasn’t really planning to post today but I did find a few amusing things to share on my after work walk today.
In reality, work trips are not all that glamourous. I did leave the hotel at 7:45 this morning and return at 6:30 this evening in the dark. I was really feeling the jet lag after a full day in a warm crowded room but decided it was much too early to retire to my room. Besides, my pre-Christmas diet hasn’t been going that well with that heavy supper last night, petit pain au chocolate for breakfast, and a smoked salmon baguette for lunch. You get the idea. So I skipped the social meal this evening and decided to walk and explore the downtown area. I have determined that there is no Christmas shopping to be done here unless you want Christmas chocolate (not cheap)
I wandered streets full of shops and only found clothes, perfume shops, pharmacies and the usual range of sweets described last night. There are no Christmas decorations to buy although the city is full of lights and Christmas is in full swing.
One of the neatest things was this square that had a large building filled with Christmas trees full of paper tree ornaments. On closer inspection, I could see that this is where people write their Christmas wishes to Santa. I saw young and old filling the 20 or more trees with their wishes and lots of kids waiting nearby to meet Pere Noel. There was even a kids Christmas movie playing on the big screen outside.
I only read a handful and had elected to take a picture of this one before I even read it. For those that don’t speak French, this person wants weed to be legalized. Perhaps they should meet the dope smoking Santa that was on the cover of the German newspaper.
It also appears to be duck season. Or maybe they just eat a lot of duck here. Duck fois gras, duck parts, duck pate and so I decide to join the obsession and have a duck sausage for supper (ok...so much for the healthy walk). I had paid and was waiting patiently when one of the gentlemen asked if I wanted to order, to which I replied, “Non, J’attend un saucisse monsieur”. I got a few chuckles.
Just a few pictures to share as I wandered the market, sausage and bags in one hand, while trying to grab a couple semi blurry shots in low light with one hand…but you get the idea.
Vin Chaud (Mulled wine)
My dessert, one of my favorites, meringue... and I know I don't need that either. When I paid for it (2 euros), I had given her a combination of euro, Canadian, and a Belize dollar. Time to clean out my wallet.
Market fun. It is unlikely I will see the city in the daylight