Nice Chinese Food With Chopsticks

13 January 2004 at 20:12 Leave a comment

Had one of those really vivid days yesterday.

We’d been a bit worried and stressed about This and That. ‘This’ being any errands we have to run, and being errands in French there is always an intensity to them that one never experiences in your home country/language. And ‘That’ being people who seem to make life very hard for themselves. So, since we could do nothing about either worry right then, we headed out to dinner and a movie.

But it was the day that was incredible. We’d heard the wind whipping around, so we closed all the shutters before we left, but when we went outside we found that the wind was gusting so much it would stop you in your tracks or even push you backward or forward, depending.

And the sky.

It was blue, blue. French blue, and had clouds racing across it. If you were walking and looked up, it made you dizzy. Some of the clouds were white and fluffy, others were dark and menacing. The whole sky looked like a film that had been sped up.

Really incredible.

Then we went to the Gaumont Grand Ecran at Place d’Italie. Very nice theatre! Huge screen, stadium seating, comfortable chairs with lots of leg room for bb. It cost a bit more, but it was well worth it. It was the second time we’d seen the Return of the King, and we both agreed that we liked it even better than the first time. Theoden’s speech, the charge of the Rohirrim and Eowyn’s defeat of the Witch-King of Angmar. Wow. It was bb‘s favorite scene. But I still thought the charge of Faramir and his men, with Pippin singing in the background, was one of the most poignant scenes.

By the time we got out of the movie, the weather had settled itself down and we went to a very silly Chinese retaurant (I think maybe they called themselves a Vietnamese restaurant, but it seemed more like an American Chinese restaurant than the French Vietnamese restaurants I am used to, though cleaner than most American Chinese restaurants I am used to). It was all you can eat, and they had microwaves to re-heat your food in… And it was, of course, garish with red and yellow lamps, which were very bright, and highly reflective windows, which all left me a bit lost. But it was very fun and funny, the best example of the whole atmosphere being the chopstick wrappers which were not only in English, but in very ‘foreign’ English:

“Welcome to Chinese Restaurant.
please try your Nice Chinese Food With Chopsticks.
The traditional and typical of Chinese glorious history.
and culture.”

Needless to say, we had a great time.

Even today, the better mood created by this little bit of fun holds over and brightens our day.

Have I mentioned before that I love living in Paris?

This would be a good moment…

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