Where’s summer?

Now that we're (finally) back home, and busy doing the ton of laundry that's accumulated on our trip, I realize that I haven't been blogging too much while away. There are many things I haven't mentioned, lots of pictures I haven't posted, and I'm really sorry about that. I've downloaded all the pictures from my camera, so I'll edit and upload them to an album soon - I'll also add pictures to my previous posts from the trip. I'm feeling a little under the weather today, so I'm just taking it easy for now. I'll also do a couple of posts about happenings I haven't mentioned, as well as the haul post I promised, when we're done with the most important stuff.. like unpacking.

The looong drive home went well, thankfully without any unexpected problems. We started without a plan, and decided to spend the first night (Sunday-Monday) in Osnabrück, Germany as we had to do on our way down to Paris. From Osnabrück we were planning on staying in Göteborg, Sweden (Monday-Tuesday) - but when we arrived at 1:30 AM and found that there was some kind of football cup in town, we had to get back in the car and continue on to Uddevalla. Luckily they had a room for us there, and around 3:00 AM we finally got to go to sleep. Bohusgården in Uddevalla has the best beds in the whole world, I can testify to that - and I'm officially saving up for another Jensen mattress, believe you me.

I have to say it was horrible coming back to Scandinavian roads, namely our good ol' Norwegian ones, after having driven at the speed of 130km/h (and maybe a little more, don't tell my mom) on the Autobahn. Driving in 80km/h felt like standing completely still on the road, and to me it made the trip home even longer. It took forever to drive from Svinesund to Trondheim, seriously! On Minnesund we met up with my sister, her man and their Chihuahua Dennis - they had been visiting our parents and were heading home. It was nice seeing them all again, unfortunately it doesn't happen too often since we all live so far apart. On our way home we had to stop by Monica to pick up Theo, and it was awesome seeing him again! I'm pretty sure he's had two great weeks together with his beloved Lizzi and Zita, experiencing new things - but it was nothing less than great getting him back, and being able to cuddle him again.

On the upcoming Saturday we're off to another roadtrip, and this time we're going up north - formerly known as "home". We have to clear out some stuff, and it's a nice occasion to visit my parents and their dog pack - and maybe see if I can meet some old friends while we're there. I'm not really looking forward to the.. what.. 12 hour drive, but it'll be very nice to see mom and dad again! This time we're bringing Theo with us, and I'm sure he'll have a ball with the three furry guys up north, new friends and all.


We came. We saw. We left.

Today was our last day here in Paris and I'm feeling sad about it. I really don't want to go back to Norway, even though I'm seriously looking forward to snuggling with Theo again! I'm sure he's had an awesome time, but I hope he has missed us a bit. I know I've missed him a lot! Anyway, today was the day for seeing La Tour Eiffel up close, so we took the bus to Champs de Mars after having breakfast at Kern House. We both had crêpes, Øyvind had one with chicken breast and unhealthy as I am I chose one called "Normande" - with cooked apples, Calvados, crème fraîche and cinnamon. Yum! Now, I'm not really sure of what I expected from seeing the Eiffel Tower, but I wasn't really awed. Sure, it was the Eiffel Tower, but still. We came, we saw, we took some pictures, we left.

Since I'm obviously having a hard time making up my mind, I once again decided to see if I could get the M·A·C Pro items I had on my list. I know I twittered about skipping both M·A·C Pro and MUFE Boutique, but we didn't have anything on today's agenda but visiting the Eiffel Tower - and we weren't that far from the store either. I hauled a little with good help from a very nice employee who actually told me whether or not she thought it would be nice with my skin tone, and that saved me a little money. I B2M for another three lipsticks, and got Red Pepper, Rebel and Peachstock (a backup) for free. In addition I bought Speak Louder and Morange plus two CCB, three eyeshadow refills, a chromagraphic pencil, a brush and a tinted lip conditioner - I'll do an haul post later on, with pictures of everything.

We spent the rest of the day at different cafés, just watching people. Dinner was enjoyed at the same place as last night, namely because I wanted their onion soup, and now it's time to go to bed so we're rested for the long ride home tomorrow.

I Heart Paris, and we're coming back!


On Champs-Elysées!

Time had finally come to visit Champs-Elysées to do some real shopping damage, and my first priority was the enormous Sephora there. It was enormous. Seriously. And I was sick of it almost before I had entered. To me the entire store was filled with people thinking about none but themselves, pushing and shoving to get ahead in line to most counters. My wheelchair is a bit big, and I'm well-behaved enough to try my best not to run over anyone's toes or shopping bags, even though I sometimes really want to act like a little.. uncontrollable - but it's extremely difficult to maneuver when some people insist on standing in herds, in the middle of everything, refusing to move as little as an inch to let me pass. So I ended up getting some of the items I had on my list, a few that I didn't, and escaping the place as quickly as possible (which wasn't really that quick).

My first stand was the one of Bare Escentuals, where I was planning to get their matte foundation I've been wanting to try it for a while. The woman managing the stand was a very nice lady from Greece, and she insisted on doing my makeup while I was there. At first I said no, but then I figured "what the hell" and let her make me up a little. Once again I was amazed by the enormous difference only a little product did for my face, so I bought the matte foundation, a blush, a lighter foundation to use as a concealer, and got a ton of additional samples! She also gave me a Sephora card, and we all know how much I love those plastic cards.. I'm easy to please, you know. Øyvind took a little detour to the Guerlain shop to buy a present while I was getting the makeover. The next stand I ventured on to was Make Up For Ever, where they naturally didn't have any of the items I wanted which caused me to end up with something completely different than I had planned.. namely a Star Powder in 951, a blush/eyeshadow in 26 and a Full Cover Extreme Camouflage Cream in 08. WTF? Then the time had come for some M·A·C and I left their counter with a single lip liner in the color "Nightmoth". I'm sorry, but I really don't appreciate it when the employees hide when their customers need help. The very last thing I did at Sephora was to get my hands on "Féerie" by Van Cleef & Arpels, and almost died from a perfume overdose in the attempt.

We also went to the Disney Store, I mean.. one has to love Disney? The store was mostly filled with products from "Toy Story 3", and since the elevator was broken I had to stay on the first floor. There was quite a lot of stuffed animals from different Disney movies, and I even found the crab from "The Little Mermaid" - which was one of my favorite Disney movies as a teenager, and the only animated film I actually prefer to watch with Norwegian voice-over. I was hoping for some stuffed characters from "Finding Nemo", but there was no products from that movie so I bought a big purple Heffalump from "Winnie the Pooh", and a keychain instead.

Oh, and at Adidas on Champs-Elysées I walked into a very nice employee who actually knew a bit Norwegian! It's fascinating how small the world really is. Smile

After having had a well earned break to get some food at Café George V, crêpe for me and onion soup for Øyvind, we ventured on up Champs-Elysées towards the Arc de Triomphe de Paris. Now, we didn't cross the road to see it all the way up close, but it was massive nonetheless. We took some pictures, admired the carvings, and decided to cross the street to experience the other side of Champs-Elysées as well. Here we found a Nespresso store, and I fell in love with a €375 purse at Lancel. Don't worry, I didn't buy it - I'm not that crazy! After Champs-Elysées we decided to see if we could find the MUFE Boutique, but when we finally found it it was closed for the day. I wanted to get the items I didn't find at Sephora, but I think I'll skip it and just order it from Sephora online when I get home.

We finished of the day by having dinner at Le Soufflot Café, where I had an Omelette Complète and Øyvind had a Belle Sole Meunière. And then we moved on to an Irish Coffee and a Malibu Pineapple. A very nice and eventful day indeed!


“Fluctuat Nec Mergitur”

I'm doing my best to keep my blog updated, but it isn't easy! There's too much going on, both good and.. well, not so good. Last night we discovered that the charger for my electric wheelchair had died, so I wasn't able to recharge my batteries. I have brought my regular wheelchair as well, but it's not really suitable for outdoor cruising, especially not when it's rough cobblestone and not asphalt. We tried to get to Champs-Elysées, but had to give up before we got there to prevent my chair from stopping too far from the hotel. We called both Permobil and Hjelpemiddelsentralen back in Norway to get another charger ASAP, and the extremely nice man at Permobil arranged for a new charger to be sent from Permobil France to our hotel with express over-night shipping - hopefully it'll be here tomorrow morning.

Yesterday we visited the great Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris, a place I've wanted to visit for a long time. A majestic cathedral indeed! We attended Vesper and mass by the archbishop, and also lit a light for all the loved ones who are gone. On our way to Notre Dame we passed a lot of those small tourist shops, and I ended up with a few t-shirts and some keychains. I was planning to buy a rosary when in Notre Dame, but when mass was finished they had closed the shops as well. Bummer. Fortunately we were able to go back there today, so I bought one gorgeous rosary made from rosewood and another made from Hematite. Later in the evening we had dinner at Latin-St Germain, and decided on snails as a starter, and duck for dinner accompanied by a bottle of red wine - all while Spain won the World Championship. And believe me, there was quite a lot of celebrating in the streets afterward!

Before we went to Notre Dame for the second time I finally got to visit M·A·C and Sephora for the first time ever, and ended up buying.. nothing. I B2M for five lipsticks, so I actually got Chili, Ladybug, Creme d'Nude, High Tea and Lovelorn for free (they now live happily in our cooler), and picked up one MUFE eye shadow and "Smoky Lash" mascara. HUGE score! ..or not. Maybe I'll be in a hauling mood when I get to Champs-Elysées, but so far I haven't felt like shopping for makeup. Or maybe when I find M·A·C Pro. I promise, I'm not ill, I'm feeling quite fine! Taking the bus here in Paris is a dream compared to doing the same at home, and I'm feeling completely at home here. I wish we didn't have to go back to Norway anytime soon - but I miss Theo like crazy.

Our dinner tonight was consumed at Le Cosi, where we ate a magnefique veal ragout followed by a chestnut souffle. We also had an excellent red wine from Corsica. Once again, pictures will be added later! And please cross your fingers and send a few prayers our way, to help the charger reach us first thing tomorrow morning..

Heart Happy Birthday, pappa! Heart