for the Paris journal from 2016.
for the week of 12/13/15.
Sun, 12/6/15. Belvedere Museum.
Today after breakfast, Dad and I took Max to run around in the playground
of Stadt Park. Max had to poo, and we found a beautiful, swanky hotel and
restaurant right in the park amazingly and it turned what we thought might
be a disaster into a very nice experience.
In the afternoon, Jean, Dad and I went to the Belvedere Museum while
Mima stayed home with the kids. She talked to the Romanian maids
in Serbian, so that's probably a first.
At night, Gems was finally feeling all
better except for her canker sores and blister on her tongue, so Mima went
to see Rosenkavalier and the rest of us all went out to dinner and to see
the Christmas lights and the Stefansdom. I asked Gems what she thought of
Wien since this was her first real look at it, and she said "Yeah, it's
better than I thought, but it's also colder than I thought."
Sat, 12/5/15. Haircut.
Today we let Mima give Maxie a haircut at the beauty parlor, Bundy Bundy,
right down the street from our hotel. Gems is feeling much better but
still taking it easy. Mima has been harping on me to put my passports in a
safe in our room, but I have not wanted to do it because I think I'll
forget them there. At breakfast, Umpa got a strange juice and Mima felt
sure it had alcohol in it, and I thought it didn't, so we made a bet on
it, and I won, so as a result Mima has to not bring up the passports again.
In the afternoon Mima watched Gems, Umpa took a nap, and Jean, Max and I
walked around the Belvedere gardens and the Christmas markets, tried some
ok wurstl, delicious Teig circle, and very mediocre at best Lebkuchen,
tried to find a playground unsuccessfully, but had a great walk. At night,
Mima watched Max and Gems while Umpa, Jean and I went out for dinner. For
dessert we had a "Mozart bombe", a delicious cake with pistachio,
chocolate, and marzipan, shown in the first photo above
just the way Amadeus liked it. They also had the
Klimt cake shown above. During dinner, a piano player and violin
player were performing in the restaurant, and they played a song I
remember Gamma whistling when I was a kid. I remember one of the lines is
something about my love being hotter than Gulaschsaft, and I just looked it
up and it's from Grafin Mariza. After dinner we walked around the city
center which is all lit up for Christmas, and we saw the enormous Stefansdom which is
beautiful even at night.
Fri, 12/4/15. Der Spot it.
Jean took care of Gems all day, as Gems had a fever which is now gone, but
she still has a nosy and canker sores on her mouth which make her complain
and cry a lot. Meanwhile, Max and I have been doing a lot of eating, along
with Mima and Umpa. We had a buffet breakfast, then a delicious lunch in
the hotel, and at night went to good old Bierreiter for hot dogs,
excellent fritatensuppe, and salats. We also went to Belvedere park which
had a really nice kiddie park. The weather has been cold but not as cold
as we expected. It's just slightly colder than Paris, with highs like 45F.
We have also been playing tons of Spot It, the game Brooke and Dana gave
us, and it's been a lot of fun. Max was cracking up so much at Mima and
Umpa's frustration when he and I barely beat Umpa and Mima. He also
laughed uncontrollably when Mima thought the yellow moon was a banana.
Thu, 12/3/15. Wien.
Today we flew to Wien, and it was remarkably quick and easy. The only
problem was Gems got sick and has a fever and runny nose, maybe because we
might have overdone it yesterday with the Du Pareil au Meme shopping. It
was great seeing Mima and Umpa and the hotel is beautiful. It's right near
the Arnold Schonberg Center. We ordered room service as soon as we got in
and I immediately gorged on wienerschnitzel.
Wed, 12/2/15. Du Pareil au Meme.
Today we went on a mission to exchange Max and Gemma's boots for bigger
ones at Du Pareil au Meme. We first went to the one near Chatelet but for
some reason it was closed though the sign on the wall said it would be
open. There was a 1/4 open front door so I snuck through it and a man
pointed his hand at me and said "Non, ferme." So we went to another Du
Pareil au Meme on Blvd St Germain, and they didn't have boots. So then we
went deep into the 7th arrondissement to a 3rd Du Pareil au Meme and
finally did the exchange. Max and Gems did the whole trek to the last two
stores on their trottinettes. Exhausted, we took a taxi back home. For
lunch today we all went to a delicious Korean place called Miam Miam. It's
pretty close to our apartment and was incredibly delicious. I think we
will definitely be going back there again. We ordered so much food the
waitress said she thought it was too much, but Max and Gems did great and
at the end almost all the food was eaten.
Tonight when the kids were changing for bed, Gems was teasing Max and Max
said "You can only look at my butt but not touch it, because it's a work
Tomorrow the kids are going to school til 130pm, and then we're going
straight to the airport, flying to Vienna, and seeing Umpa and Mima!
Tue, 12/1/15. Team Joseph.
The big news today is that Max announced he switched to Joseph's team at
school. He happily announced it and even though he joined the team, he
still called it "the bad team".
Joseph is basically the bully of the class. He's not a bad kid at
all but is the roughest one in the class, and Max in the past has
complained that Joseph has hit him and kicked him but on the other hand
Max also has called him one of his favorite kids in the class. It seems
like Joseph, and his henchmen Nathan, Timothe, and Matthias, chase around
some people and try to get a rise out of them, one of them being Max. Now
Max has joined them. I told Eva, on the way to dance class,
and she said "That's what happens when
you have 28 kids playing and only one adult watching them."
Mon, 11/30/15. Family matters.
I talked to the Directrice of the school today. I asked her as politely as
I could, if Max and Gems could miss school from this Thu to next Wed so we
can take a trip to Vienna to meet with my parents who will be traveling
there. Her response was something like "I can't really say no, can I?" I
elected to ignore the sarcasm she was trying to convey and just went with
"Thank you very much." I also asked if I could take the kids out on Thu at
1:30pm and she was really nice and congenial about it.
I feel like Paris is kind of obsessed with my family. When we first
arrived in Aug, there were billboards for Randy's movie. Then in Oct there
were a lot of billboards for Moses und Aron which was playing at the main
Paris Opera. Now there are billboards everywhere for Nanni's new movie,
and next week there's a spotlight on Luigi Nono and they are performing a
bunch of his works. What's next? I won't be surprised if in Jan they will
be performing Melanie's piece at the Paris philharmonic. Or, maybe they
will go straight to changing the French national anthem to Max's song "I'm
Flancho Blanche". Maybe Kala's book about "Plunjers" will become a
for the week of 11/29/15.