Tuesday, September 15, 2009

So many visitors!

September has brought us many friendly visitors, some of whom we have not seen in a long time. From UCSB at Santa Barbara, Tilly and her daughter took a trip to Paris and stopped by our place for a nice apertif. Tilly has known Carla nearly as long as I have --- they worked together in the Media Arts and Technology Program.
And then next we had a visit from Stacy, who is posing for the obligatory fresh baguette picture.
She visited the school cafeteria at which I eat, which has lovely views of the Tour Eiffel.

As we walked to the Louvre on Saturday, we came across a neighborhood book sale. All the books are in French of course, so nothing was very enticing. But that will change because Carla and I begin our French courses this month.

The Louvre has many famous works of art, including the Winged Victory (seen here with the wingless Stacy and Carla), the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and the Code of Hammurabi (seen here hiding in front of Carla). The Code of Hammurabi is one of the most historically significant pieces in the Louvre (what is it smiling at?). Created sometime around 1790 BCE in ancient Babylon, it is the oldest known written code of law.
Tomorrow morning, our swarm of visitors increases with the arrival of Carla's father Dale and Gloria. After their 5 days in Paris, we will bid them aurevoir, do a quick cleaning of the apartment, then welcome our English friends Nick and Clare for a fun long weekend together.

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