sorry there is no picture here. i haven't figured out how to post images yet since this is not my laptop.
i just wanted everyone to know that the flight went without a hitch - smooth from home and in chicago -at the connection. i expected the airports to be crowded with holiday travelers but it was the opposite. quiet. and easy. personally i slept almost the whole way - not my family though. now there is jetlag to pay. aw, can't be helped.
it was so wonderful flying in and seeing paris under a blanket of snow - all uniformed looking, like a white frosted cake. the airport arrivals section and customs area were all hushed too to match the padded looking scenery.
we caught a taxi - a spanking brand new mercedes van with an up to date GPS. it got us to our apartment swiftly. we had a contest in the van - who ever spotted the eiffle tower first won. my daughter won...it was not obvious hidden in the grey sky. but i was first to see sacred coeure - it was sparkling as if the sun spotlighted it as a welcoming beacon. our apartment near the foot of it.
we found renee and maryjo in the apartment already - with the heaters on full blast. that was nice. the apartment is so funky and artsy - for instance we have a massive skylight in our bedroom. that's romantic and with a candle chandlier - perfect since this is our wedding anniversary.
we made a quick walking tour of the area to buy fresh bread, cheese, and wine. caught up on each others news and then crashed. pam carriker came by the apartment at 4 pm as we had previously planned but we were all dead to the world. she understood, she's a sweetpie. we will meet in the morning and get orgainzed. her apartment with her family is only around the corner from us.
time to sleep now (again) - tomorrow will be a day to get organized. and to really scout around.
maybe i will figure out how to get my own computer up and running so that i can show you photos. fingers crossed.