Day 2 of the First 100 Days


Day 2 of the First 100 Days

On a rainy day in the Département de l’Eure at an exhibit of antique cars and baby carriages, I didn’t expect we’d be drinking aperitifs with one of Nicolas Sarkozy’s future ministers, but what better way to pick the right team – than by starting with Normandy?

If you need to get a job done, ask a Norman to do it. Anything is possible in Normandy – for example – today it’s been raining for a good part of the day – so how do you plan a picnic in the rain? Undeterred, our hosts found a way. All you need is some canvas over your head, a few tables and chairs. And if your hosts happen to be Florence and Pierre, food and drink appear before you can blink your eyes twice.

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Talk about moveable feasts. No need for ornate barbecues with rotisseries, a perfectly cooked roast of beef, roast pork, various salads appear in quick succession. The ‘bar’ is a hollowed out baby carriage with compartments for bottles and everything necessary for mixing drinks. By the end of the day, the rain is gone. Almost a perfect day – that would be if the world didn’t revolve around infrastructure i.e. plumbing. Another story – for another day.

Infrastructure may not be high on the list at Elysee Palace . . . but don’t be surprised if it will be a subject for a few posts on parislogue.com.
One topic that will apparently be at the top of the list next month at the G-8 which meeting will be climate change (which Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel will host).

If you, like I thought that climate change is one of those barely definable things that ‘only a scientist could confirm’ come spend a few days in Normandy. And listen to the crickets.
Yes. Crickets. The thing is, Normandy never used to have crickets – at least never where we lived. Since 1989, we’ve been coming to Normandy almost every summer. I’ve never heard crickets – now every night – in the spring – we have crickets chirping away. Why? Clearly, G-8 will have plenty to talk about. We’ll save infrastructure for another day.
Like 7:30 am when the plumber arrives.