20.01.2008 10 °C
So, the weekend. Rachel has been here, which is always cool. Just nice having someone round for a bit of company, and kinda makes me get out and do stuff a bit more. And of course Rachel is a wonderful person ha ha, particularly as she is such a neatfreak. I think the highlight of this weekend was waking up to find my bathroom mirror had been cleaned overnight. Yeah so she makes me feel like a bit of a dirty scumbag, but oh well...thats what friends are for!
Anyway so we have been looking at travelling plans. I really really want to do the South-East...I think Nice is going to be too far but I'd like to do Monpellier, Avignon etc at least at some point. However it looks like we will do Lille in Feburary which will be cool, and will defo try to get to Dunkerque at the same time, and may also involve more time in Paris or Disneyland. I love disneyland but am such a wuss with rides etc I'm not sure I'd be the best companion for hardcore Rachyrach but we shall see. Lille is only I think 5 hours...even though its completely other end of France its on the speedy TGV line so should be really cool I think. Oh and Eddie has found these chalets in Arcachon, which look really good fun for a group of us to do at Easter...and would work out supercheap (like 34EUR each for a week!) and could do Biarrtiz etc from there. As he pointed out if would be a nice grand finale for those of the group who are on 7 month contracts (all the Lycee assistants, Rachel, Lynn, Katie etc etc...). All sounds very cool.
Friday night we had people round here...I made aperitifs, yum yum. And then we went out for an all-you-can-eat Chinese, which was gooood (and the highlight of the night was randomly bumping into JP, our responsable, who we haven't seen since training...bisous all round. He's going to come and observe a lesson in Feb though...scarrry!). I wanted to go dancing, but in the end people just weren't feeling the Perigueux nightlife so it was back to mine for more of Lou's games. They are so silly but always lots of fun. We also played Chav Toptrumps...thank you George!
Saturday was a good day. Rachel and I slept in late, and then went for a pretty long walk along the Voie Verte which was really nice, and luckily the rain seems to be stopping, although the river was really high. We saw this random bohemian lady with 2 dogs and a rat on her shoulder....eugh. Also kinda got chased by a dog...ok not quite chased but still....it was lose and without owner and it ran towards us. We then had a brief fantasy about Boots MealDeal...mmmmmmmm, the 3 pack chicken sandwiches....mmmm...... so went and bought packs of sandwiches from Monoprix, very un-French but a nice change.
In the afternoon we did one of the guided tours of the town- Perigueux, Medieval-Renaissance. I've been meaning to do this for ages and it was really great. Learnt lots of stuff about the history of the place, the architecture etc, and he had lots of keys which let us into little secret places normally looked off to the public- the courtyard of the cathedral, the stairwell of a renaissance appartment and, best of all, the only remaining tower from the city walls which we got to go up. It wasn't massively high but just at rooftop level, and the old town looked so pretty from up there. Its amazing the little alleys and stuff we found...and lots of restaurants hidden away which I defo want to try out.
Today we got up and wandered into town, to the market for some Veg, to the papeterie for a paper and to the Mie Caline for a baguette....very nice, should make the effort more often to get up and out on a Sunday.
Now I really do have to start some lesson planning!!! Oops....
Oh and Muriel wants me to teach a pop or rock song to the children so they can do it in choir...any ideas?! help!