May 20th - June 7th. We arrived at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris just about the same time Jacques began his arrival in a taxi and finished on a narrow bench in the waiting room of the clinic where he was supposed to be born in more appropriate surroundings!
Meanwhile we were settling into our new airbnb apartment around 10:30 that night knowing via text (no phone service at that point) that family and baby were doing well however, we didn't have the harrowing details at that point so we crawled happily into bed after a full travel day. All was revealed in the morning ...
|All fingers and toes accounted for by two proud parents|
|Jacques and family pal Lulac the rabbit|
|Baby 'Jack' under the UV lights!|
|Both genetic sides of the family represented here.|
|We love the 18th arondisement - but every inch of Paris is grand.|
|You just can't get any happier than this|
|Grandpa doing what he does best!|
|Coco snuggled in for the sleepover!|
|Anything can be a bath toy - including oven mitts!|
|Marcel ready for whatever comes his way|
|Look at all those big bugs Mooma!|
|Hmmm. Perhaps we over did it a just a bit!|
Michael and Mary and I spent a day in Fontainebleau (about an hour outside Paris by train) to have a look around. This would be their first choice for a new area to settle in. It is a beautiful historic city with many amenities including a huge parks surrounding a stunning castle and extensive forest land. It is a popular place to live, so currently there is a shortage of rental properties. But the right thing will come along.
|Learning from an expert - napping in the sun is a good thing.|
|Mary and I on the palace grounds at Fontainebleau|
Michael was very involved in that tournament when we lived in London when he worked for the sports management company Proserv. They represented many elite tennis players and Michael was a fixture at both the French Open and Wimbledon. He was able to spend a day at the event and caught up with some friends and colleagues from the past.
|Flying the tri-color for France!|
|Michael and Rob taking in the match.|
|A beautiful day at Roland Garros.|
|Mary making piping look easy!|
Too soon we said goodbye as we headed to Ireland and Scotland for three weeks and then on to Oslo, Helsinki and the Balkan states for a whirlwind tour. We look forward to seeing Mary, Gregoire and Jacques in late July for Chris and Jamie's wedding - and wish Grandma and Grandpa all the best with Coco and Marcel for those ten days!
|And thank you for reading!|