After looking at these rust-colored suede mules online for a few weeks, I bit and ordered them. We’re very happy together. They’re a perfect blend of summer style and fall color, which means I’ll be able to wear them for the next few months here. (If you’re between sizes, go 1/2 size up. I’m usually a 7 in sandals and open-toe shoes and I’m wearing the 7.5 here.) Look for an outfit post featuring these soon….
I’d meant to read “The Only Street In Paris: Life on the Rue des Martyrs” before our Paris visit, but ran out of time. I started it on our flight home and have really been enjoying it. Elaine Sciolino, who was the Paris bureau chief for the New York Times writes in depth about the history and current long-time residents of this uniquely Parisian street/neighborhood. It’s a very engaging read, and a book that you can tackle a chapter at a time.
Le Monsieur has been reading “Rice, Noodle, Fish: Deep Travels Through Japan’s Food Culture” to help prepare for our visit to Japan next month. He says there is a lot of useful information for first-time visitors about customs and practical matters as well as food, and I’ll be reading it once he’s done. I’ve learned a few things just researching on my own. For example: wi-fi can be hard to come by even in metropolitan areas, so it’s recommended to rent a portable wi-fi device for your visit. And many businesses are still cash-only, so be prepared to make frequent trips to the ATM.
In other food-related news, I’ve been making a point to visit our local Tuesday afternoon farmers’ market. It’s a good one! Only a block long but there’s a decent variety of produce, some of it organic, and some other local bakeries and prepared food vendors. I was happy to find some of these “French” radishes (the red and white ones) as they’re a little milder and great for snacking. It gets quite busy, so I try to go soon after they’re open and set up. I look forward to being a regular.
Last Sunday we had a pizza party birthday celebration for jeune homme, who turned 19 this week. His housemates and some family friends joined us and he really seemed to enjoy himself. It’s the first time in many years we’ve been able to have a birthday party for him because of past behavioral issues, and we’re so grateful that it went so well. I think the living situation is really agreeing with him.