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Big Sur - Hiking Andrew Molera State Park

One of the great delights of living in the Bay Area is the proximity to the natural beauty of California and it's hard to beat the stunning drive down Highway One to Big Sur. This is certainly one of the iconic American road trips, but for me the joy of being in the area is getting out of your car and hitting a trail, so you can be "in" the landscape rather than just looking at it from the asphalt. 

Mid-March Snow in Paris!

A few weeks ago I mentionedsnow flurries here in Paris but  they were very light. Now in the middle of March, I was hoping for spring but instead we had a serious snow fall earlier this week. Apparently it was enough to shut down the Eurostar. From all accounts France is just like the UK where they shut down in anticipation of the state's inability to cope! Despite the snow we headed over to the Isle St. Louis to one of our favorite bistros (C'est un Plasir) and here was what it looked like on the very cold walk  there and back. 
The snow stayed around for a day or two but I'm happy to say that now it's gone. I went out for a long walk the next day and forgot my camera so  there are no shots of the snow in the sunshine, sorry. Above and below you can see the snow covered bridge over to the Isle de St. Louis,  it was completely silent because the roads were empty. What a delight!
D. had to be persuaded to stop and take his gloves off for this picture and the whole time I was thinking I might freeze to death for this blog! However, the Seine looks lovely at night in the snow.

 D, rushing home past an empty cafe.
It was snowing heavily by the time we arrived back in the Marais. I tend to think French smokers will sit outside whatever the weather but clearly this was too much for even the hardiest smokers!

Our street, the Rue Bourg-Tibourg, is never this quiet at night.


Anna said…
Nightmare! Come to South Africa!
SA sounds great, wish we were there too!