Arrived on Tuesday after an uneventful but pleasant flight. At least as pleasant as a 7.5 hour overnight trip can ever be; it's either 3 hours too short or 3 hours too long. Not long enough to settle in and get some sleep and too long to feel relaxed and rested on arrival.
Had plans for getting my blog posts up in a timely fashion but discovered on arrival that my laptop was unable to boot. I'm guessing that my cat Harry, who tries to help me by engaging himself in my computer activities, and who was once again sitting on the keyboard as we were leaving for the airport, had somehow managed to sit on the correct keys to force the laptop into an emergency shut down while it was installing an update (hindsight?). Not the first time he has done this but in this case, because of the way it had been shut down, I could only boot the laptop in Safe Mode at which point it would freeze. It has taken me two days to re-format the drive and re-install the OS so I'm once again operational but at points I was certain that I would have to replace it, the laptop not the cat!
Weather here is beautiful and Paris looking its autumn best; not a cloud in the sky for the past three days and the air crisp and cool in the shade but warm in the sun. We are in a fabulous apartment on the top two floors of an old building in the 4'th. It's a very modern reno'd two-storey apt on the 7'th and 8'th floors with 3 large en-suite bedrooms on one floor and a large open plan living room, dining room and kitchen on the floor above, reached by a circular staircase. Fireplace and floor to ceiling windows across one wall in the living/dining area with sliding doors to a balcony that runs the length of the apt and spectacular views across the rooftops of Paris.. We are sharing the apt with Jane & David, our friends from NY; for any of you who'd like a quick trip to Paris, we have lots of room!