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Mom and Dad Invade Paris

 

So when we left our intrepid explorers they had found the rooftop balcony and were mellowing.                                                                    After a good night’s sleep, they were ready to tackle Paris.  They had a tour lined up for 9am for the Eiffel Tower.  They got up early and decided to take the bus.  They got on the bus and after 2 hours weren’t getting close to the Eiffel Tower.  What to do?  They took a taxi to the Eiffel Tower.  Way quicker and they had time to spare.  The tour got together and went right up to the 2nd. floor.  There were long line ups for peeps to get in at the North, South, West and East gates,  on the ground but we bypassed them with our tour.                                                                        The view from underneath the tower leaves a lot to be desired, as you can see.

The Eiffel Tower took  2 years two months to build starting in 1887 and was inaugurated in 1889 and the Parisienne folk didn’t like it.  It didn’t  blend into the landscape and many found it ugly.  The cost in 1889 for the Eiffel Tower was 7,799,401.31 French gold francs.  Gustave Eiffel  decided to open the gates to people and charge a small fee for the pleasure, to recoup the millions of francs it cost.  He recouped his money in 6 months!   The Eiffel Tower is 1,063 feet (324 meters) tall, including the antenna at the top.                                                                                  Dad is showing off his camera.  Nice isn’t it?  Well, on his way back to the hotel from the Metro (subway), a woman stopped him and informed him there was a known pick pocket following him.  He never showed off his camera again.  He wore a windbreaker to cover the camera when they were on the move.

The Tower’s Protection

The Tower’s Colours masque photo

The Tower’s Colours

Constructed using puddle iron, the Tower is protected from oxidation by several coats of paint to ensure that it lives forever.

In 1900 in his book ” The 300-Meter Tower “, Gustave Eiffel wrote, “We will most likely never realize the full importance of painting the Tower, that it is the essential element in the conservation of metal works and the more meticulous the paint job, the longer the Tower shall endure.”

The Tower has been re-painted 18 times since its initial construction, an average of once every seven years. It has changed colour several times, passing from red-brown to yellow-ochre, then to chestnut and finally to the bronze of today, slightly shaded off towards the top to ensure that the colour is perceived to be the same all the way up as it stands against the Paris sky. Sixty tons of paint are necessary to cover the Tower’s surface, as well as 50 kilometers of security cords, 5 acres of protection netting, 1500 brushes, 5000 sanding disks, 1500 sets of work clothes…and more than a year for a team of 25 painters to paint the Tower from top to bottom.

Excerpts taken from, “Visiting the Eiffel Tower.” http://www.toureiffel.paris/en/everything-about-the-tower/themed-files/97.html.

The view of Paris from the 2nd. floor of the Eiffel Tower were breathtaking.                                                        Paris and the river Seine were at our feet.                                                                     Isn’t this romantic?

                                                                           Mol…MOL  Mom blowing a kiss to dad….she looks like she’s drunk as a skunk.  That’s my mom!

After the remaking of, *Kiss me you Fool*, they were headed down and out of the Eiffel Tower.  Aw, now to tackle the bus.  Dad had his cell phone with all the pertinent locations, buses, and Metro stops.  How could they go wrong?                                                                      Off they went on the bus.  Mom was enjoying the architecture and dad told her to get off the bus…off they went and found out that they got off too soon.  They got on another bus and tried again.  They went a little way and dad hollered, “I made a mistake we should have taken another bus.”  Mom was getting a bit ticked off by this point.  Dad conceded he didn’t get the bus system and there was something wrong with the directions on the cell phone.  So they tried the Metro.  The Metro had no escalator down nor up and the stairs were a grind after a while.  It was the same on the Metro…get off/get on…MOL…Hop On/ Hop Off…till mom had enough and asked a very nice lady who gave her directions as they were nowhere near the hotel.

They returned to the hotel at 5pm and were rather spacy by this time.  They grabbed supper and retired for the evening.

The next day they were up and out early once again.  They had tickets for the Hop On/ Hop Off bus for two days.  Hop On/Hop Off buses are great cause if you see an area you would like to go investigate, you can get off the bus and go visit the area and then hop on the bus again later…no extra charge.  The bus had 4 routes or concentric circles it travelled.  Mom and dad made it through the yellow and green….got off at Avenue des Champs-Élysées.  The most expensive stores are located on this street.                                                                               Mom and dad went into the restaurant above for snacks and a coke.  Mom went to the washroom which was upstairs and she saw the biggest cockroach she’s ever seen.  She said it was at least two inches long.  She left her camera at the table with dad so couldn’t take a picture.  Bummer I would have liked to see it.                                                              Well, they couldn’t afford anything other than snacks so jumped on the Hop On/Hop Off bus and admired the scenery.

They came to the Arc de Triomphe and were overcome with the traffic from the 12 avenues connected to the circle.

The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile letwal]  is one of the most famous monuments in Paris, standing at the western end of the Champs-Élysées at the center of Place Charles de Gaulle, formerly named Place de l’Étoile — the étoile or “star” of the juncture formed by its twelve radiating avenues.

The Arc de Triomphe should not be confused with a smaller arch, the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, which stands west of the Louvre. The Arc de Triomphe honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.

Excerpts taken from “Wikipedia”…https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arc_de_Triomphe

Our travelers headed back to their room in the hotel.

Next installment mom and dad get a close up of the river Seine.                                                                    

Happy Birthday Kali…..How many candles?

It’s my 15th birthday today.

SHOKO…..BLACK
KALI…..ORANGE
BUDDY…..GREEN

 

Dad gave me a manicure and pedicure yesterday and I painted my nails for my birthday.  I look so glamorous!  Wait till Buddy Budd sees me…he’ll flip.                                                             I love these and with my crown I’ll be the belle of my birthday party.  This colour is called Panther Pink.

Shoko is mom making anything special? I think so…she’s making fishcakes…with lots of fish and hardly any potatoes.  So it should be fish hash in minutes.  She found some salmon and is making salmon puffs too.  I never heard of those but they look yummy. MOL                                                                                                                                 Mom put my bobble crown on me but I was not amused!  It felt strange on my wee ears.

Don’t look at me, my crown’s crooked!

This picture is the best mom could get of me.

Shoko went out to try and find some fresh nip but there is nothing in the garden.  No nip is up yet.                                                                                  

Oh mom!!  You shouldn’t have….thank you so much.  My favourite!                                                  Look Shoko, it’s Greek Oregano!  Ompa!!

Another surprise!                                                                     Oh my…look Shoko, Einey and Buddy from Timmy’s Commentary.  My buddy! ‘sigh’  What are you looking for Buddy Budd.  Some oregano….I can smell itI have a bunch over here…come my man.

What a fun day.  Hope you had fun visiting.  Kali is asleep with her head beside Buddy’s.  shhh…let them sleep                                                              

 

 

 

Waiting and Hoping …….Tooth Fairy Where Are You?

Here it is 2am and all is quiet.  Kali is snoring up a storm and so I wait alone for the Tooth Fairy.                                                                 ashokoteeth2I’m getting *yawn* sleepy.

ZZZZZZ……what was that noise?  You see, I have one eye open so I can see everything that happens.                                                                             aashoksleep
I know I heard something. Oh look, the Tooth Fairy’s been by.

ashokstoothfairyfindingsKali look what I got!  I got a toonie, two loonies and two quarters.  So you got two dollars for each tooth and fifty cents for the broken one.  Good hard cash.  I got a feather wand too.  That’ll be a lot of fun.  Just try to catch me feather…MOL.  Focus Shoko.

You got a cheque too.  Oh, oh.  She could be one of those butt(ers)  What???  You know one of those dad’s that don’t pay ail-a-money for their child’s support.  Oh…MOL…you mean deadbeat dads.  Ya,that’s it!!   The Tooth Fairy may not have the mew-lah In the bank to cover the cheque.  Believe me Shoko if you go cash this cheque, I guarantee you, that’s the least of your problems.                                                                   ashoktoofair

Shoko did you get a picture of the Tooth Fairy?  I hope so.  I was wearing my selfie remote and attached the motion activator before I went to sleep.  Looks like I got her.  The camera was on.                                                                            atoothfairy

This is the Tooth Fairy??   Egads!!  She’s not the least bit like I imagined.  It looks more like dad.  MOL  Even dad doesn’t look that crazy.  Mom says that the Tooth Fairy has helpers that step in and help her when she’s really busy. I guess this guy is one of them.  Probably a peeps Tooth Fairy helper.  I’ll bet hardly anybody likes to see him instead of the real Tooth Fairy so be kind Shoko.  OK Kali, I sure can understand why nobody would want to see him late at night. 

You know Kali, databbiesotrouttowne were right.  I got the exact sum they said I would, and not a cent less.  Did I get any treats?  Yes, you did.  You got 3 bags of Island Paradise, our favourite.  Mom put them away while you were busy.

What a night.  I could use some sleep.

Have a super day and may your fairy bring you everything you want.

SHOKO…..BLACK
KALI…..ORANGE                                                                          SHOKOKALI2

 

Friendly Fill-Ins with Kali

Hi friends, Kali here to introduce the Friendly Fill-ins and my fills for this week.

ellen_cat_badge_2-1-300x300Ellen of 15 and Meowing and McGuffy’s Reader are hosting this weeks Friendly Fill Ins.
1. I am most proud of …… my temperament.  I like everybody, peeps and kitties.  Layed back and relaxed is my style.  If I get angry, hiss and run after a kitty, you know this kitty is a total jerk and needs some smacky paw.  Visitors are always welcome as far as I’m concerned.                                                                      acowkali
2. I am embarrassed to admit…..I am afraid of bugs.  Just the idea of putting a squirmy or slimy bug in my mouth is disgusting.  Ewww…  However I like to watch them as long as they don’t touch the furs.                                                                          akalibug

3. My super-power might be….. power sleeping.  Mom says there is no other cat around that can sleep on demand like me.                                                            akksleepingsdone

4. I really wish I could…….  fly.  I would fly down and visit Nellie and then fly down to the States and visit Buddy…my boyfriend.

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Kali’s Adventure

acstHi ya friends.  I sit atop the love seat back to tell you about today’s post.  I feel so tall sitting here and looking right in your face.

Mom was getting quite worried about Kali over the last 10 days.  Kali was lethargic, didn’t eat much, drank little and slept in the condo most of the day then coming to bed and continuing to sleep at night.  She would cry out in her sleep at night and mom would get up and pet her, all the time talking about fun things that Kali would like.

So guess what happened? That’s right, Kali won the award for sleeping more than any other cat in our vicinity.  MOL  Sorry mom, I couldn’t help but kid around.   On a more serious note, Kali had an appointment with the vet.  Off she went.  I said I’d wait here, no need for me to tag along, thank you very much.                                                                       ackalivetDr. Kalyn said Kali’s weight and hydration levels were good and she recommended mom give her Meticam for 3 days in a row to see if it lessened the pain in her arthritic joints.  Mom and dad were giving her Meticam but only when Kali was having difficulty walking.  Then the three of them headed back home.  Mom and dad took turns giving Kali her liquid oral med for the three days.  Was there a difference?  You bet your booties there was!!  Kali was racing around the hall on the second day and playing with toys, even though her paw was very sore before, now she was hitting toys with the paw.                                                                             akp                    Simon’s Cat hearts had to run from the paw.                                                                     akp2Sorry about the picture quality friends but in the first picture Kali”s paws were movin’ pretty fast.  I don’t know what happened in the second photo….her paw is clear as a bell but her face’s all fuzzy.  Her face wasn’t movin’ all that fast.  Go figure!

Have a great day and may all your mice be furless….nothing worse than furs up the nose when one is hard at play.                                                            Kali and Shoks

 

 

 

 

Well, It’s About Time…… They’re Home

Mom and dad came home the other day.  Mom hollered in a croaky way for Kali and I.  Kali answered right away as she was in the livingroom practicing poses for her book on relaxation  .  I was cloistered in the bedroom looking for hidden cameras….to see if mom and dad had eyes on us even when they were away.  Sammy from One Spoiled Cat had alerted me to watch out for these cameras so I was tossing the room.  The search was going well until I noticed this light on the TV….it stayed on and was green.  Oh no…they’re peeping at us during their holiday.  I promptly came into the livingroom and mewed like mad at mom….cause I WAS mad.  Mom thought I was just happy to see her.  She gave me a big hug and I smelled a foreign cat on her t-shirt.  I must interrogate her about this betrayal but now wasn’t the time.

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Mom dragged herself into the bedroom. She was hacking, sneezing and her nose was gushing…ewww. She came home a mess! My biohazard of a mother changed into night wear, flopped down on the bed and went to sleep.
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Wonder why the green light on the TV?  Next installment I’ll let you know my friends.

Kali and Shoks

 

Barkerville

Finally Barkerville stood on the horizon.  We all leaped out of the car after a long drive drive.  It took two and a half hours to get here.  We all headed for the bathroom.  Much better.  So let’s see some sights.  My word, its cold as charity up here in the mountains.  Let’s go Meiko, Pete, Timmy and Buddy Budd….let’s run and warm up.

Our first stop was the church on the edge of the town.

                                                         Einstein and Flat Shoko sat on the piano and imagined the gold miners and their wives coming to church so many years ago.

Two horses pull the carriage through the main street.  Notice the wet roads.  They’re about to get much wetter.  It just started hailing when we arrived.

Timmy and Buddy Budd just had to run onto the carriage.  They said it kinda smelled funny.

It started hailing again and we ran for cover.                                                          Mom and dad decided it was lunch time so Einstein and I followed mom and dad inside the restaurant.  Meiko, Pete, Buddy Budd and Timmy went looking for Bashful and Chip because we hadn’t seen them for quite some time now.                                                          I loved the Jasmine Tea mom shared with me.  It warmed me up inside.

Einstein had some of dad’s Chinese food but he said it was horrible.  He liked more meat…..this stuff was all noodley.

The hail stopped while we ate so we braved the elements again.  The guys had found Bashful and Chip looking calm as can be beside the towns communal water spout.

DSCN4056Do you notice that Bashful is standing on the top of his stone.  What happened to make him do a stone stand?  Nobody was saying much of anything.

This is a family home in the 1800’s.

                                                                                  The miners that lived by the creek would check into a boarding house when they needed a real good night’s sleep and a bath.  Only $10 a night.

The saloons did an awesome business with all the money and nowhere but Barkerville to spend it.

Hurdy Gurdy Girls

Although the Barkerville saloons already had women entertainers, much excitement was caused in the summer of l865 when there arrived from San Francisco an organized group of dancing partners, complete with musicians.

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Hurdy Gurdy Girls

The girls danced with the miners for a dollar a dance to the rhythms made by two fiddlers who reportedly sang loud so the music could be heard above the noise of the stomping feet.

Starved of women’s company and faced with the troupe’s determination to deal in nothing but dance steps, the men developed a style of dancing that both surprised and exhausted their partners.

The main point of this step, as described by those who were there, was for the man to lift his partner repeatedly as high as he could off the floor, at the same time swinging her feet aloft.

Here we are in the Hotel that featured the Hurdy Gurdy Girls daily.

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Bashful and Chip grabbed a comfortable spot on the shelf to watch the action.

It was hailing again so we all thought it was time to leave.  The Barkerville peeps were inside and away from the cold, hail and mud.

We all piled in the car and dad put the heat on.  We all said. “Awwww” in unison and started out of Barkerville.  I told mom that we hadn’t seen the gold fields or panned for gold.  Mom said it was too miserable and nobody would help us anyway.  The flats would just have to take our word for it.

As we left Barkervile we passed beside Williams Creek….the river that started the gold fever.                                                                         Bye Cariboo…heellllo Prince George area.

We must be getting close….the old mooses sign is back out again.

Here we are.  It didn’t seem to take as long getting home.

We hope you enjoyed coming on our tour of Barkerville.  The weather could have been better but we flats and rocks had a great time.

Mom, Meiko and my furs are stinking up…MOL….sorry I meant our furs are sticking up…right Meiko?  There are bent ears all around too.  Ok, we’ll get them fixed with this special stuff dad gave us Shoko.  There we go every cat looks just about as good as new.  We are tired mom so we’ll call it a nite.  Nite all my flats and rocks.  Anybody need a story to fall asleep?  Not tonight mom…I’m asleep on my paws.