In the flat itself, after a six month absence, there are shelves to be dusted and mugs and cups to be washed...
...the larder to be sorted and stale stuff dispatched into the "poubelle"...
...there is the annual, required, examination and maintenance of the chaudiere that provides heat to the radiators and hot water.
Once you take the front cover off, there's an amazing array of pipes, toggles, vents and dials.
Luckily, the technician is an old hand. He's come every time for the last three years...
...always glad to see us and to chew the fat with Matthew ("tailler une bavette")!
Within the building, fiber-optic cable has been installed since we were last here, which meant a visit from the Orange Fr. representative, who has duly hooked us up to this superfast internet highway.
My little temporary recording booth got set up perfectly and a new reading may be heard next Monday 10 am PST on www.kwmr.org -- "Good morning and welcome to Turning Pages at Nature's Pace....."
...and the interior packed with very expensive sneakers! I don't quite understand it, but it appears some people buy a pair of sneakers and then just keep them, wrapped in tissue paper, in their box -- some kind of long-term investment?
And my dear "Keep Cool" gym still offers plenty of ways to keep fit on the rue Clery.
So, I think the game's afoot! Next week I'm taking a tour of the Hôtel de Talleyrand, a late 18th century town house where Talleyrand received heads of state as first Prime Minister of France. Stay tuned!