23 sleeps on Friday the 13th

Trip Start Jun 20, 2012
Trip End Aug 05, 2012

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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Friday, July 13, 2012

During the class break I skyped with Daniel and we were soon interrupted by Dad and Shell joining the call. A group call bumps out the video option, but it was a lot of fun getting to chat with everyone. Dianne (Michelle's twin) and Wayne and their two children, as well as Leigh (Dad's Brother) and Lorraine and Jamie are all up in Broome staying with Dad and Shell for the school holidays, so when they all walked in from the beach mid-way through our conversation; things got a little hectic and interesting. 

After this we had our first test in the phonetics class, which was simple in theory but took so long for the teacher to explain the instructions because everyone was confused by the french she was using. I think I went pretty well except for the pronunciation of two words at the end.

We have a little hope returned for our suitcases. We befriended a Japanese lady; Kazue, in our class and it turns out she lived and taught in China for twenty years. She's taken our details and has already gotten further in the two days she's been trying than we did in the three weeks since they went missing. The lady she's been put through to in China is apparently very concerned about our loss and is doing everything she can to help us. Now that Bastille Day is over, I'm hoping more will come of it...

In the afternoon I headed for the Jardin des Plantes with an aim to tackle the museums and zoo which are dotted around and within the garden. The first I came to was a little disheartening with only two small room and no english information after I made my through an impressive welcoming hall. I had gotten in with a student, underage discount so thankfully this woeful museum on the design and creation of the greenhouse was only €1 instead of €6. 

Next I headed for the menagerie, which had some interesting animals but was embarrassing in the standards of the enclosures. I found myself whispering to the animals, telling them that one day these conditions wouldn't be tolerated. One day there'd be change and I'd try to be a part of that. It made me sad to see such delightful, majestic creatures shoved in measly cages with little thought to their comfort and lifestyle. 

The garden itself was a refreshing abundance of greenery and colour. The entrance I had found led me up a winding hill enclosed in trees and surrounded by ground cover and at the crest of this was a little grotto with a view of the rest of the gardens and of Paris outside. There was a young gay couple getting quite cosy on the bench here so I didn't stay long and headed back down the hill, through the orderly palace garden and to my next target; the museum of evolution.

The Grande Galerie de l'Évolution is incredible and I spent the rest of the afternoon lost in these halls of mystery, beauty and magnificence. At one point I found myself in a restricted section which had a grand staircase leading up to the top floor and in behind the sealed interior doors of the main exhibit. Excitedly I hurried to the top and pushed on the red-velvet double doors on the top floor, only to learn my big discovery was the security room and offices to the museum. I apologised to a friendly lady in a suit and hurriedly went back down to the main exhibits. I also bluffed my way into the children-only hall and was rewarded with some excellent exhibits. I spent so long here I was being ushered out for closing with the Big-cat hall still to see. I'm thinking I'll find myself back here one day soon.

On the journey back to the apartment I stopped for milk, coffee, mushrooms and chickpeas and once back I added to the dinner from the night before and created a delicious satay pasta with the added mushrooms and roasted chickpeas. 

I showered before dinner and after giving up on the task of homework, I drifted blissfully off to sleep by 8:30pm. 
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withintheforest on

Baby, you have no idea how excited I have become at the suggestion that all is not lost in terms of your baggage. A couple of nights ago I was lying in bed and trying to come to terms with the idea that you wouldn't be getting it back again. I had tears in my eyes and a hollowness in my chest. I just want you to get it.
The evolution museum sounds awesome, let's go there, too.

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