Helen and I have enjoyed our 2 weeks of down time, Glen and Gill enjoyed their stay, and even Dave and Steve managed to take advantage of the situation and fit in a couple of short sessions. Happy days all round.
The fishing is back on though now and we had a group of 4 gents arrive yesterday for their first visit to Le Moulin, and they already have their first couple of fish in the bag.
The weather today is cool and cloudy but the forecast is for it to stay generally dry with highs of no more than 20C and lows of around 10-12C, should be perfect for carp fishing !? I will let you know how they got on next weekend.
Our holiday to Paris went exactly according to plan and this year I was not going to let Helen wear my feet down to blistered bloody stumps so I booked a hotel right in the city centre, a lovely spot and one I would recommend, La Villa Haussmann. Named after the architect who designed the modern suburbs of Paris.
We had actually organised ourselves quite well for this trip, I had planned a route and a sequence of events to get us around all of the major sights of Paris in 3 days and Helen had pre-booked tickets on-line for those places that we thought would require it. Tuesday morning saw the start of our adventure with a visit to the Arc de Triomphe, a beautiful monument.
Unfortunately, once you are on the top of the monument there is a massive distraction, you are able to see the traffic chaos below, multiple major roads converging on to a very large roundabout with no lane markings and virtually no traffic control. I have it on good authority that if you enter in to this section of traffic everyone’s car insurance is null and void !!! If that is true then I can understand why !
From the Arc de Triomphe you can take a casual 3km stroll along the Champs Elysees, through the Place de la Concorde, through the lovely gardens of Jardin des Tuileries, and then on to another, smaller and lesser known, Arc de Triomphe!!
This is the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, just in front of the Musee du Louvre.
Apparently Napoleon told his armies that when they returned home they would enter Paris through Arcs of Triumph and that is why they were built. The Champs Elysees would have been fields and formal gardens in those days, as the name suggests, and I am sure that it would have been a sight to behold watching thousands of colourful french soldiers marching from one Arc to the other.
They should have left it like that because now it is just a typical city centre mess of designer labels and over priced shopping.
Helen continued in her usual physical way and because we were not marching as far from one venue to another she insisted on using the stairs rather than any available lifts. 200 hundred steps here, and 200 hundred steps there was not a problem, but then we arrived here:
To avoid the queues at the lifts you can opt to take the stairs, and guess which way we went? It started off OK but as you climb the mountain the stairs get narrower and narrower, and steeper and steeper. ALL 700 of them.
Thankfully that is only to the 2nd floor, there is only one way to the top and that is by lift.
A word of warning; if you take the stairs up to the second floor do not hold on to the hand rail !!
By the time I arrived at the top of the stairs I was dripping with sweat and my right hand was caked in rust from the hand rail. I headed straight for the gents to wipe the sweat off and to wash my hands, 4 times! The 2 little old ladies who were managing the toilets found my predicament quite hilarious.
Obviously there are not many idiots who Monter les Escaliers. Not when there is a perfectly good lift available.
I must also mention the french railway, what superb service, and cheap. 2 return tickets to Paris, first class I might add, for less than £150.
Last year I travelled one way from Stansted to Andover, I had no seat and had to sit on the floor next to the toilets, and that pleasure cost me £49.
Glen and Gill enjoyed their stay, a change is as good as a rest as is often said, and looking after this place for a week is a massive change from their normal routine, so a big thank you to them both for putting themselves out and enabling us to take a break.
Glen managed to fit in some fishing and had a couple of very productive sessions and amongst his catch was the smaller of my 3 Koi looking very pretty:
Dave and Steve managed to get over for a bit of a session and they both managed to get their nets wet:
All in all a great 2 week break, I am blister free and fully refreshed, and looking forward to the last 4 weeks of the season, and I am expecting to see that the fish are packing on some weight ready for their winter rest.
Watch this space for the next catch report.