The Bulldog and the Beagle


May 21: Paris is really a bunch of small towns rolled into one name. Each arrondissement has its own flavor. Since we first started coming here, we have oriented to the 7th and that is where we are now, on rue St. Dominique. 013

That means we know the streets, restaurants and even people from years past. Things don’t change much. Just this morning, we walked down rue Cler on our way to coffee,

014we passed the fruit and vegetable markets setting up,

passed the shop keepers and their families 015

017and past a café where we ran into old friends.

But the funniest thing this morning was this, unfortunately I don’t have a good photo but maybe you can use your imagination or click on the photo I do have to enlarge it.

016Workers were loading furniture and household goods onto one of these lifts that I have only seen in Paris. I imagine a similar method is used in NY City or Chicago and anywhere in the US with old apartment buildings. In central Paris, most of the buildings originally didn’t have elevators and when added, are small claustrophobic places that barely hold two people (or one person and luggage) let alone a sofa or bed. Staircases are usually cramped circular affairs so that doesn’t work well either for moving furniture in and out. So, household goods are loaded onto platforms and hauled up the outside of the building and through big opening windows on the higher floors. Quite a process to watch and something to avoid walking under. I’m sure this is where the superstition about not walking under ladders started.

OK, back to the story. One of the objects being moved into an apartment was a larger-than-life-size bulldog statue. 018

A resident was walking her normal size beagle which obviously thought this bulldog was real. There was a noisy confrontation spurred on by the worker who kept sliding the bulldog toward the beagle whose owner was trying her best to keep the beagle under control, while she was being dragged on his leash. The antics stopped all the pedestrians for a few good-morning laughs and definitely slowed down the movers and the dog owner. Does this say something about the intellect of Beagles or recreational opportunities in Paris?
And this was all before 9:00 am!

019Jan and Ed

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About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Spring of 2016 we travelled 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies and in the fall participated in our most exhausting rally through Argentina, Chili and Peru- the Rally of the Incas. We were awarded the Against All Odds award. We're still not sure if this was for us or our car. Stewball never broke down and we hardly did. We will soon take on Iceland as a self-drive tour and in the fall of 2017 we will participate in the Odyssey Italia and then back to Africa for a do-over (almost) of the Africa Safari Challenge.
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2 Responses to The Bulldog and the Beagle

  1. TBC says:

    Too funny. I can just picture the workers, chuckling as they bait the Beagle. I remember the first time I saw one of those moving lifts. Makes total sense, and I always wondered why we did not do that in the US.

    We miss you at Cup-A-Joe!

    Hugs, et bonne journée,

    La Comtesse Nu-pieds

  2. Carla says:

    Very cute 🙂 Nice to read about your life in Paris. You guys are enjoying yourself, I can tell 🙂
    Keep having fun. I need to drive to France probably two more times in June (before I go to Michigan for the summer) to find a nice wedding location for me and Bill for Spring 2014. Last weekend I checked out the French Ardennes (beautiful hilly region shared between Belgium and France) with a friend, but none of the castles worked out. It was fun though to dust off my French and explore some countryside. Such a pretty country.
    Since the Ardennes didn’t work out, I will have to find a location further away from Holland. I’m afraid those weekends will be so full of driving (considering Normandy) that I won’t have time to hop to Paris for a cup of coffee. It’s 10 hours of driving in 2 days already, so quite full.
    But if I see a chance, I will let you guys know in time and maybe it works out. Would be a lot of fun to look you up there.
    Enjoy la vie en rose, mes amis 🙂 Au revoir!

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