France

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Naughty toddler

Naughty toddler

Nap time

Nap time

Queen

Queen

Tired Of Steps

Wolf, very tired after climbing 290 steps of the bell tower of the church of Marennes. But he did get up there and back down all on his own, he just needed a couple of minutes to sit down and rest.

Good Morning

Tyl on the big bed of our hotel room in Orleans, where we staid for a night on our way to Charentes Maritime.

The Fallen

Just a quick word, to confirm that yes, we're back from France. I'd like to say we got back in one piece, but that would be incorrect.

We had a lovely time, two weeks of nothing but sunshine. We spent our time in the pool and on the beach, with the occasional excursion to nearby towns. But unfortunately some of these excursions were for medical reasons. We went to the local baby doctor twice to have a check-up after Mrs.B felt there might be something wrong. Luckily, both times it turned out everything was A-Ok.

Our third medical excursion was for an entirely different reason, but it did involve Mrs.B. It was on the morning of our departure, when she and Wolf went out to get some 'croissants' from the camping store. They had barely left when I heard screams and shouting from both my wife and my son.

I raced out and found both lying on the ground, Wolf crying and panicking while my wife was crying out in pain. It turned out she had stumbled and did something terribly wrong with her ancle. Wolf was Ok, but very frightened by the whole experience.

The local ambulance refused to come for a broken foot, so I had to haul Mrs.B in the car and drive her to the nearest hospital - which was 45 minutes away. Luckily-luckily-luckily I'd bought a GPS before we went to France, I don't know what I would have done without that thing.

A couple of hours later - the French medical care system is about as fast as any African country's - we got the verdict: the ankle was not broken but severely strained. Mrs.B got a plastic clamp around her lower leg and we could drive back home.

Easier said than done: with my wife in one chair and her foot in another, it was up to me to clean the bungalow, get everything into the car (luckily we'd packed the previous evening), return the key, get out the garbage, chase Wolf and his dirty paws out of the bungalow, etc. etc. But in the afternoon we could finally leave.

But it was not  the end of our troubles, because you try to drag a pregnant woman without crutches to the second floor of your hotel when there's no lift. Going to the restaurant alone was an endurance test in hopping.

So the first thing we did when we returned was go get some crutches. To be on the safe side, we made an appointment with our own physician. But he didn't need much time to conclude that something more serious was wrong with that ankle. A couple of X-rays later it was confirmed that a tendon (or part of it, I forgot) got loose and took a bit of bone with it. So recovery will take six to eight weeks, instead of three.

So ever since that fall, I've been running around like crazy. Not only do I have to take care of Mrs.B, but I also have to keep the house clean, do the laundry, do the dishes, get Wolf in and out of bed, get him dressed, bring him to the daycare centre, get him back in the evening, cook...

Six more weeks of this and I'll definitely need another vacation. Too bad that we'll have another newborn baby right about that time.

 

Ooooh Champs Elysées

Obligatory picture n°1Obligatory picture n°1

It was freezing cold in Paris, mammoths and woolly rhinoceros were making a come-back and a glacier was growing on Montparnasse. But my wife HAD to have a milk-shake. Pregnant women - sigh!It was freezing cold in Paris, mammoths and woolly rhinoceros were making a come-back and a glacier was growing on Montparnasse. But my wife HAD to have a milk-shake. Pregnant women - sigh!

We visited Père Lachaise cemetery, because when you visit a beautiful city, cemeteries are of course high on your list of things to see.We visited Père Lachaise cemetery, because when you visit a beautiful city, cemeteries are of course high on your list of things to see.

...and of course you can't visit Père Lachaise without saying hi to old Jim (obligatory picture n°3758)...and of course you can't visit Père Lachaise without saying hi to old Jim (obligatory picture n°3758)

If I had a name like that, I'd seek an early grave tooIf I had a name like that, I'd seek an early grave too

View from the top of the Arc de Triomphe. Poor old wifey, doing hundreds of steps while being pregnant is hard.View from the top of the Arc de Triomphe. Poor old wifey, doing hundreds of steps while being pregnant is hard.

The Quartier LatinThe Quartier Latin

See how cold it was? The water in the base of this fountain is frozen solid.See how cold it was? The water in the base of this fountain is frozen solid.

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