My weekend was very busy. Since I am not training for a big race, I didn’t have to worry about what I did, where I went or what I ate ”because I had a long run to do”. It was a welcomed change.
I have been wanting to spend time in Paris for a while. I don’t actually live IN the city, but about a mile outside. So when friends asked us to go to a conference on Saturday afternoon, we jumped at the opportunity. Firstly, we met them for lunch in a typical, Parisian café.
This atmosphere never gets old, even after 25 years here :
Our two friends volunteer for the Paris Historical Society and once a month they give a conference on the history of water in Paris, which takes place at the Maison du Fontainier (Fountain House, where the person responsible for the fountains used to live). It was fascinating. The conference takes you through the history of the aqueducts in Paris, how water was brought to the city, when and how the Seine was used, etc. You visit the building where the aqueducts arrived and where the water was stored before being distributed to the city.
The only downside is that it was cold & damp, both outside and inside, so that evening it took me a good 2 hours to warm up.
I went to vote in the right wing primary (our Presidential election is next spring). For all French elections, there are 2 voting rounds. One with all the candidates who have met the criteria to participate, then a second round between the top 2. In France you don’t have a candidate list that you check off, you have pieces of paper with the candidate’s name and you need to put one into the envelope. The old President, Sarkozy, didn’t make it to the second round (he came in third) so it was between Alain Juppe and Francois Fillon. Fillon won. I also have French nationality, so I have the right to vote.
After voting, I ran. It was quite chilly.
Sunday afternoon we took a cruise down the Seine River. In late November and December, if your company is of a certain size, they often organize some kind of Christmas event for their employees and families. This year, my husband’s company organized a boat cruise on the Seine with a magic show and activities for the children. Even if our kids are older, we thought it would be fun.
It was a small paddleboat that took us on a 2 hour cruise.
Going past the Louvre.
Needless to say, I slept very well Sunday evening ! As you can see in all the pictures, it is gray in Paris, but also damp and relatively cold. Winter is coming.
Otherwise, my fitness activities of the week were nothing special. I worked out four days, three of those were weights or full body, and I only ran once. It has turned cold here, and the mornings are dark until almost 8:30 a.m. So my motivation to run in the morning has definitely diminished. Some lifting, as well as planking, push ups, squats, and HIIT home workouts are definitely working for me at the moment.
That is a wrap !
Did you have a wonderful Thanksgiving ?
What do you think about voting with papers with the candidate’s name ?