Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Upside Down

I know ParisBreakfast has been M.I.A.(missing in action) all week but we were turned upside down.
Panic hit and it hit hard!!
Our wifi box broke last Saturday !!!!!!! For SIX days!
Right in the middle of a crucial moment on Netflix's House of Cards! Can things get worse? Yes, my fridge door was hanging by a thread about to fall off.
I went out to check the height of my bridge.
A. Too low for a proper jump.
B. The Republique Guard were taking their morning march.
Plus I had my annual Visa rendes-vous at the Prefecture on Wednesday!!
The usual torrent of papers required. And NO wifi :((
We sailed through with flying colors.
Why? Thanks to my terrific lawyer, AC Dana who speaks perfect French. And because they completely forgot about us. We waited 2 hours. We were the last ones waiting. At 4:50, AC reminded them of our presence. Naturally they wanted to go home at 5 pm so we 'sailed through'. Ta Da
The day after the visa victory, the wifi technician came. Receiving the French legion d'honor may be easier than getting a technician to your house. I kid you not.
We were happy as polourde clams. We asked the technician to marry us but he's already married so we gave him a ParisBreakfast Sketch letter for his wife...
By the way your March Sketch letters went out yesterday, a tad late...ahem. Please excuse.
There is a new single letter on Etsy (folded in a regular envelope so costs less!)
Plus Big News.
The March Macaron Map is on Bonjour Paris, a terrifically informative Paris online subscription newsletter.
Please do check it out and subscribe!
Alls well that ends well ;))

26 comments:

  1. Another year, with permission to stay and live/work in France. We've always found if you're the last in the queue, it does seem to help get that official stamp with out awkward questions . Great for you.

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    1. Exactly Barbara. Wish I'd known but it's the luck of the draw who gets taken 1st, 2nd, 3rd, last.

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  2. glad you get to stay in Paris for another year :)

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    1. Yes! More picture taking of Notre Dame for another 365 days!!!

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  3. Yay! Another year of CaroParis!
    I hear you re wi-fi,our technicians come a bit quicker than you do..but we had this problem after the smal ice storm..the young man came..and fixed..and it was even better..well I fell in love..he doesn't know..I hate rejection.

    House of Cards this season..according to my SIL..my husband..and I? Not as good.
    Bear looks puzzled by all thee wires:)
    Love the art..yours of course..and the upside wn first photo..so cute.

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    1. I'm loving HOC season 4
      Plenty of treachery as always

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  4. So glad you've been blessed with the official pixie dust to stay another year. It sounds like you've had a terrible infestation of what I call the house gremlins. They come and leave havoc in their wake. But the good news is they are terrified of all "technicians" and leave the premises as soon as one arrives. Hopefully you'll be gremlin-free for awhile now. It was a close call on that bridge, thank goodness you didn't take the plunge. Those gremlins are evil and can drive us to do all manner of craziness. Take care!

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    1. Being wifi-free is evidently Not my cup of tea ;)
      Yes saved by the Guard Republicane and they are sooo cute!

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  5. Mary I.10:16 AM

    Love, love, LOVE your shoes!!!!!
    Ps...miss Paris sooo much!! Thanks for your posts. They help ease the separation pain (a little)
    I am living (in Paris) vicariously through you.

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    1. I wish those were MY shoes Mary I.
      i wish those were my legs too.
      They were in Galeries Lafayette's windows ;(
      I wish...

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  6. So, based on some of the comments I ascertain that you have to reapply every year? Sorry, I did not know.
    Yes, when one thing in the household quits working another one is sure to follow, usually things break or quit working in threes, I know from experience. To not have WIFI is the worst!
    I am happy that everything is fixed now.

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    1. Yr absolutely right Caterina. The light over the sink went too. I forgot about the threes...
      Yes visa renewal is annual unless you win the impossible 10-year or marry a French guy.

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  7. Yea -for us & you, as we get another year of PB and you get another year entertaining us and quashing our pain of not being in Paris. Hate no WiFi, but wouldn't like the refrig door falling off either. Love thos chocolate clams! Love my March map and was so glad to see you in Bonjour Paris.

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  8. Thank you Suki!
    I'm very happy to keep you all amused for another year.

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  9. Vicki N3:53 PM

    I love that you were so prominent in Bonjour Paris

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    1. Yes, quite thrilling to see oneself splashed across the net...so to speak ;))

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  10. Ann K1:54 AM

    Fantastic! That All is well !!! Carry on!

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  11. Carol L.3:28 AM

    You are so funny!!
    I was laughing out loud!!!
    Love, Carol

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  12. Joan G.2:27 PM

    So pleased for you that your dream has been extended another year! Love the little purse in the second picture. Do you remember shoes it is?

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  13. Joan G.2:28 PM

    Whose it is? Damn auto correct . . .

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    1. If I get back to Galleries Lafayette windows in time I will find out who, what, where

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  14. Carol, I am having a catch up on your site, and am glad to know that all is better now, wifi restored, and that your Paris life has been extended...as it should be, of course.

    I am now reading Elaine Sciolino's The Only Street in Paris, and find it a fine accompanyment to your marvelous posts...just as I knew it would.

    Rosettia Stone French is on sale via Amazon and B&N. Shall I indulge, to brush up on my French?

    Bravo to votre avocat!

    xo

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    1. I learned French informally...pop radio stations NRJ and soccer games.
      I heartily reccomend that route

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  15. I love that first 2 shots, Carol.
    I'm glad tat everything is working again, but sad to hear that it took so long to get it fixed - 6 days is much too long......
    It seems like the last visa renewal was just a few months ago!
    At least you kept active!!

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    1. Thanks but Galeries Lafayette window dresser is responsible!!

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  16. So glad that you made it through the complex visa requirements. Sounds like having a lawyer to help is worth it. I really do hope to have French visa troubles one day. Jour du Macaron is another special occasion definitely on my Paris wish list. Congratulations on your inclusion in Bonjour Paris.Every parisbreakfasts post has so much food for thought- I'm intrigued by the Republic Guard photo, and I love your first upside down primary photo too.

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