|My favourite spot in Paris|
The opera The Magic Flute opened last night, my opera night. The costumes and the sets which were designed to reflect West Coast Kwakiutl culture were magnificent. I always like to observe the attire of the audience on opening nights. Several patrons wore clothing with a First Nations motif and there were two women sporting powdered wigs à la Mozart. The opera was sung in English and the translation was thoughtful. This opera was a remounting of a 2007 production but I was more impressed with it this time.
I loaded The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman on my Kobo yesterday for travel purposes but unfortunately I started reading it so I will probably need another book for my travel day. Travel has become a little more complicated with laptop, Kobo, camera and iPod with their cords and chargers. I am not taking a cellphone because last year I used it on travel days and my roaming charges were exorbitant. I have unlimited free calling to Canada in my first Paris rental and I will use Skype. I always like to have a few BBC series loaded on the laptop. Last year, I watched Cranford and From Larkrise to Candleford. I love BBC series and BBC World Service Radio. I even listen at home.
I overwinter my geraniums in my glassed-in balcony, so they needed repotting and preparation for the growing season. Something that I have learned from my Paris days is that however small your apartment is, plants and flowers are essential. On Sunday, a visit to the Marché aux Fleurs on Ile de la Cité is a must. I will go there on Easter Sunday. The market is a delight to visit with plants, small garden decorations and caged birds.
My toiletries and cosmetics need to be organized but I am not taking too much as I will be able to readily purchase what I need. There is a Beauté Monop at 28 Rue des Abbesses that even has a blowout bar where my curly hair can be dealt with in less than 15 minutes. Blowdryers, curling irons, straightening irons will not be travelling with me. Most days I can let my hair air dry.
I have a file of printed bookings and confirmations that must accompany me. I keep a version on my computer and iPod touch as well so I can always refer to them as needed. I leave another copy at home with Monsieur. I start out with quite a dossier of papers.
Today, I will visit with friends and with my daughter as I will not see them for ten weeks. My mother, who is sad and lonely, will miss me because I see her three or four times a week. Hopefully, she will be more settled when I get back but it is hard to lose a husband of 61 years. Monsieur is very good with her and takes her out on a regular basis and daughter phones her every day but when all is said and done, Maman will need to create a new network for herself.
I am looking forward to the adventure.