15 Films Tag

My wonderful blogging friend  Cheila did this Tag the other day and as I read hers I was like “I must do this”.  So here is my list.

 

Favourite Film

I have too many to make one stand out.  So I will be doing the same as Cheila did.

1  Happiness Never Comes Alone – a 2012 French Comedy –

2. Just like Heaven –

3. The Lake House

4. Under the Tuscan Sun

5. Gone with the Wind

6. Sleepless in Seattle

7 Les Visiteurs –  The Visitors -1993 French Movie – Hollywood did a remake in 2001.

8   Spoorloos – The Vanishing – 1988 French Dutch movie – Hollywood did a remake in 1993.

9 Anything for Her –Pour elle – 2008 French Thriller – Hollywood did a remake in 2010 called The Next 3 days.

10 Oscar and Lucinda

11. Red Dog

12.. All the Indiana Jones Movies

13 Picnic at Hanging Rock

14 The Notebook

15 Midnight in Paris

16. Schindlers List

Favorite scene from favorite film

So many in Happiness Never Comes Alone, watch it and let me know what you think. Here is the link for the promo when it was coming out.  It never showed all  the bathroom scene but that’s hilarious.  I love the bedroom scene 🙂 I love the whole movie.!

 

Favorite actor:

Again too many.

Gad Elmaleh

Harrison Ford

Sophie Marceau

Reese Witherspoon

Sandra Bullock

Keanu Reeves

Dianne Lane

 

 

 

 

Favorite Director:

Stephen Spielberg

David Lynch

Ron Howard

Deborah Lee Furness

Gillian Armstrong

Peter Weir

 

 

 

Film that makes you cry the most:

Red Dog

 

Film Saga you have given up and why:

I dont think I started any to not finish.

Favorite cinematographer Genre:

Romantic Comedy

Least Favorite cinematographer Genre:

Horror

Childhood Film:

The Sound Of Music

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Cinderella

 

What Film You Would Like to Star In?

Under the Tuscan Sun

In what film you would like to live?

Under the Tuscan Sun – would love to live in Tuscany.

 

Films you want to watch:

None at the moment as they all seem to be action packed movies at the moment or end of the world type movies.

 

What’s your favorite cartoon film?

Cinderella

Films you would recommend:

any I have mentioned

Films that made you laugh:

Happiness Never Comes Alone – had to watch it several times as I laughed so much I missed bits.

 

This was so much fun.  Everyone is welcome to do this Tag, just let me know so I can read your list.  By the way this is my list, Bree the youngest of the 3 Sisters.  I would say Paul and Muriel have a different list to me.

 

Have a great day and thanks for reading

 

Versatile Blogger Award

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The wonderful Isabella from Wanderlusting Isabella has nominated our blog for the Versatile Blogger Award.  Isabella is from Brazil but is currently living in Toronto Canada.  Isabella normally writes in Portuguese but is writing this blog in English. With a blog name of Wanderlusting you would think it’s about Travel? Well your right there.  I thank you so much for this nomination Isabella. Every time we are nominated for an award it really makes me feel honored and loved.   Please do yourself a favor and  check out her blog.

 

  • What’s the Versatile Blogger Award?

Well, bloggers nominate other bloggers who they believe deserve recognition for their high-quality standard of writing, the uniqueness of content, passion and love displayed throughout the site and to top it off, amazing photos!

  • Reveal 7 facts about yourself that your readers may not know.
  • When my eldest daughter was doing Jazz Ballet I joined the mothers class and learnt to dance also.  It was fun.
  • I read a novel a few years ago, it was about Belly Dancing and I thought why not!  So I found a class and it was the best way to exercise.  We laughed and laughed.  I even did a routine in the  end of year concert.
  • At one stage I had my ears pierced twice in each lobe.  I was going to do more but then I changed my mind.  Now I have none!
  • I often looked at tattoos and would think one day I would get one.  Now I know I won’t as I am too much of a chicken.  I love to see really good ones though on others.
  • At Primary and High School I would design houses in my spare time.  My mum even got me drafting paper so they were all to size.  I enquired as to what I needed to be able to fulfill this dream of mine, but I was never very good at maths.  So I realized I wouldn’t be able to achieve this dream I had.  I used to go and look at Designed Homes and then go home and change them to what I thought was a better design.
  • I love watching cooking shows.
  • I am in the cheer squad of my football team.  The mighty Fremantle Dockers.  Their colors are purple and white.  When they first came into the Australian Football League the colors were purple, white, Green and Red.  What a combination 🙂

 

 

Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and share their link.
  2. Nominate up to 10 bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs. Also, inform them about the nomination.
  3. Reveal 7 facts about yourself that your readers may not know.

Nominees- Don’t forget the rules and pay it forward to other bloggers too.

My Nominations are – drum roll please

Cheila has an amazing blog..  over at https://pinkfordays.wordpress.com. Cheila has so much to share with everyone and is one of my best blogging friends.  She is lives in  Lisbon in Portugal and is a teacher/tutor.

Kris over at https://dreamingofpink.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/welcome-to-my-new-blog/  has just started in the blogging world.  I met this lovely lady via Cheila.  Do you think there is a theme going here?  That’s two blogs I like that are pink!

Esther from Richer for Travel, I met in a Facebook group called Medical Musings with Friends another wonderful blogger friend Sam started.  Esther has travelled extensively and her blog is very witty .

Sam I would nominate you but I know your busy with the blog etc.

Yes I know it says 10 of my favorite blogs.  I am sticking to 3 this time.  Please go over and check out these blogs. They all have something to offer all of you.

Blogging has certainly brought so much delight and so many friends. I throughly recomend it.

Paula, Muriel and myself  – Bree thank everyone for following our blog.  Its blown us away with all your love and friendship.

 

 

 

Picture Tag

The stunning Jules from Blonde’s Tea has gone out of her way and created her very own tag! How impressive?!

A Message From The Creator:

Blonde’s Tea, creator this tag, got tired of seeing the same tags all around and decided to create a simple tag where you just have to post one picture of five different themes (e.g. your favourite picture of yourself, the best picture you have ever taken, a picture with your sibling, etc.) that will be given by your nominator. You don’t have to have photography skills or anything, it is just to spread lovely pictures on your blog and bring back lovely memories.”

A few days ago Bea  from https://beafreee.com  did this picture tag that her friend Jules from Blonde’s Tea created. I was like I must do this post.  Please go over and check out her blog also.

 

Rules:

  • Paste the text about the creator and the tag (the text above).
  • Post the 5 pictures that stick to the themes given.
  • Nominate 5 people (or just as much as you want).
  • Give 5 themes for your nominees pictures.
  • Notify your nominees about their nomination.

 THEMES TO YOU:

  • Favorite photo of yourself
  • A photo of your favorite vacation
  • A photo of your funnest day
  • A photo of your pet
  • A photo that makes you happy

 

FAVOURITE PHOTO OF ME

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A selfie

 

MY FAVOURITE HOLIDAY – PARIS – LUXEMBOURG GARDENS 

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JARDEN LUXEMBOURG

FUNNIEST DAY 

We had to wait ages for our hop on hop off bus, when this came around the corner everyone laughed and said here is our bus …there were 20 of us waiting.

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HOP ON HOP OFF BUS

MY PET DOG SALLY 

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SALLY AT THE BEACH

 

BETTY

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BETTY AT THE BEACH

THIS PHOTO MAKES ME HAPPY.

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3 SISTERS OUR LAST DAY IN PARIS

 

MY THEMES TO YOU:

  • Favorite photo of yourself
  • A photo of your favorite vacation
  • A photo of your best friend
  • A photo of your pet
  • A photo of the best day of your life

Your all nominated…

 

June is Worldwide Lam Awareness Month

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Can you say Lymphangioleiomyomatosis?

Let me break it down for you – Lymp -angio -leio- myo -ma – tosis.  What a mouth full.  Us Lammies and the medical profession call it Lam.  So much easier don’t you think!

What is Lam  or Lymphangioleomyomatosis you ask?  Here is the link to the Australian Lam organisation.

http://lamaustralia.org.au/what-is-lam/

“Lymphangioleiomyomatosis is commonly referred to simply as LAM. It is a rare lung disease affecting women.

Caused by a single cell malfunction, the disease process replaces the lung lining with smooth muscle cells. This change progressively reduces the uptake of oxygen into the bloodstream, causing breathlessness, especially on exertion, and other diverse symptoms. These usually appear when women are in their childbearing years.  Because LAM is so unusual, many doctors are unfamiliar with the disease. It’s not unusual for LAM to be misdiagnosed initially as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema or depression.

There are 2 types of Lam.  Sporadic Lam – is not inherited . Caused by a random gene mutation and affects mostly women.

TS/Lam – is associated with Tuberous Sclerosis and is heredity. It is slower to progress than the sporadic Lam and less  debilitating than sporadic Lam.”

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When my girls were little I began to experience mild asthma.  My doctor advised me to use an inhaler only when i truly needed it.  I was told I had bronchitis or bronchial/asthma.

Winter would be the worst season for me.  I would go a couple of years and be ok only to get so sick it would go from a chest infection to pneumonia. Still I was told it’s the flu season/winter/bronchitis.

If it wasn’t for a friend I met on a Thyroid Facebook group who was trying to find out what her COPD was, I would still be none the wiser.  She had looked up her symptoms on the internet and it came up with Lam and Tuberous Sclerosis.  She had emailed the Professor at the Alfred Hospital in the respiratory department re her symptoms and he advised her it wasn’t Lam.  However, she let me know his details and I thought ok I will email him.  Within a couple of hours he had emailed me back to tell me to get to my GP and ask him for a high frequency CT Scan.  I was still in denial as to my thinking was why didn’t one of my doctors mention this to me.  Especially when they knew of my TS involvement and my “asthma bronchitis”.

So off I trudge to see my doctor who organized  the  test however he was pretty sure I didn’t have it.  He was also under the impression that surely in the past a doctor would have diagnosed it.

I still remember that day in March 2013, when I went back to get the results.  He called me in to his office and I sat there happy in my mind he was going to say “no your clear you do not have Lam.  Instead he sat there and said  “its positive” I felt like the rug had been pulled out from under me.  Everywhere I read on the internet was that it was a 10 year death sentence from diagnosis. I felt numb. My doctor immediately wrote a referral to the professor at the Alfred Hospital.

I searched Facebook for groups for people with Lam. I wanted to know I was going to be ok.  In those early days I was scared but didn’t tell anyone of my fears.  I didnt tell my workmates or some of my family.  If I  was scared, then I didnt want them to be scared. I wanted to find out more before I told anyone.

I found out from one group that there was an Australian Lam group.  I joined and found such amazing wonderful caring ladies.  One of the ladies rang me and we chatted for a while.  Certainly put my overworked brain at ease.  I was told there was a clinic the following month for the Lam ladies and to see if I could get into it.  I rang the hospital and was told yes I could attend.  These clinics are every 6 months and most of the ladies meet for lunch after the clinic at one of their homes

That day of the clinic was scary.  I was in the waiting room with all these other Ladies who also had Lam.  Most had  Sporadic Lam but there were a couple of ladies who were just like me, TS/Lam.

I had a walking test, I had to walk for 6 minutes and they checked my time (I don’t think I won any gold medals for the walk) and then I had a lung function test.  Also a blood test.  This is to check the oxygen in the blood. Then I went into to see the Lung specialist.  I was terrified, I had no idea what was next.  My lung involvement she said was mild.  Showed me the lung pictures and you could see little white dots all over the lungs.

That first lunch was the start of some wonderful friendships.  I realized that there is life after a diagnosis of Lam.  I was inspired by these ladies.  Some had been diagnosed for years yet they were living their life.  A few are on the new drug Rapamycin or Sirolimus. This drug has been a life saver for many who have Lam.  It was first found on Easter Island  in soil bacteria.  The drugs name came from the islands native name Rapu Nui.  It is a naturally derived antibiotic, anti fungal and immunosuppressant.

Since my diagnosis, I have a preventative I use every morning and night.  I have had a couple of times where I have had to take extra medications.

One time  was really scary and my doctor was going to admit me into hospital to have antibiotics via intravenous drip.  I attended a lam clinic during this and was put on stronger antibiotics, stronger preventive and  Prednisolone  I had to attend the clinic every 6 weeks until they could see an improvement then 3 monthly, then back to 6 monthly.  The hospital doctor also sent a letter to my GP advising that when I get a chest infection to treat it as if its pneumonia.

A few weeks ago I had to take some prednisolone for a few days as I had weather affected Asthma.

When  I go shopping or walking the dogs, I always take a puffer with me.  When I travel I take with me antibiotics, Prednisolone and extra inhalers. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

I count my lucky stars every day.  Lucky for me that this rare disease  is mild. Some are not so lucky.  In the 4 years that I have been diagnosed quite a few women have passed away from this disease.  Their condition so severe that they die waiting for a lung transplant.

*x-rays do not pick up this condition* 

In Australia there are  approximately  104 women diagnosed with Lam, these  figures are from 2015.  There are probably many others, however they have been misdiagnosed with other lung conditions such as Asthma.

“Facts about LAM

  • LAM is not caused by lifestyle choices
  • LAM is not contagious
  • LAM develops after puberty and appears to be accelerated by the hormone oestrogen
  • Pregnancy and hormonal medication may affect the progress of LAM
  • Average age of diagnosis is 35 years, but most women notice symptoms long before LAM is diagnosed.”

 

Thank you so much for reading and learning a little bit more about Lam and a little bit more about me – Bree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noorilim Estate Mansion – Murchison

Today the View club that I am a member of had an excursion to Noorilim Estate in Murchison Victoria.

http://www.noorilimestate.com.au/golden-age-australia

This Mansion was built in 1879 and since then has had 10 owners.  The first owners were the Winter family.  Its long history has included a sheep and cattle station, a thoroughbred horse stud, private residence and recently a vineyard.

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Noorilim Estate

The property was purchased by the Menzies family in 1998.  Brandon Menzies and his wife live at the property and have recently began holding tours of the grounds and the mansion.

As you drive down the long winding roadway with the towering trees and vineyards on either side, you know your going to be in for a treat.

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The tree-lined driveway with vineyards either side

As the huge double doors opened up and we walked into the entry, all 22 of us.  There was room for many more.  On every wall there was beautiful artwork.  I do remember a couple of pieces were done by Brett Whitley.

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The main bedroom, the bed is so high off the ground you need a ladder to get up onto it. 

 

Not only was this a beautiful mansion so lovingly restored to its former glory, it was like you had stepped into an art museum. We were instructed we could take photos however no close up of the paintings.

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The Entrance  – more artwork.  

Noorlim Estate is classified by the National Trust, is on the Victorian Heritage Register and Register of the National Estate.

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Looking towards the front door – see the artwork everywhere

 

The homestead is surrounded by 22 acres of landscaped botanical gardens that are listed in the top 90 historic gardens by the Victorian Government.  Original tress are Moreton Bay Figs, Date Palms, Bunya Bunya, Hoop Pines, Kurrajongs, Citron Scented Gums, Cedars Elms and Oaks were planted shortly after completion of the homestead in 1879.  Making them some of the oldest specimens in the country.  It’s a beautiful place to  find a shady spot to enjoy a picnic in the peace and quiet.

The gardens and surrounding bushland are home to over 150 species of native birds and mammals including Laughing Kookaburras, Cockatoos, Parrots, Koalas and Kangaroos.

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The lake and geese

After the tour we all had a cuppa and a biscuit then we made our way into the town of Murchison.

I throughly  recommend visiting this magnificent property.  Nothing is roped off, well not today as we wandered around.  A few of us went up the stairs to the bell tower, what an amazing view over the property.  Wanting to take advantage of the opportunity to take some photos I somehow managed to climb the tiny stairs.

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The Tower

 

Many more photos of the Estate will be on my instagram page @3sistersabroad

 

 

 

Aussie Rules Football and Melbourne

 

So are you wondering where Aussie Rules Footy and 3 sisters abroad are connected? We grew up in Perth Western Australia where Saturdays were spent going to the Football. Well I did, by then Paula was living in England and Muriel was married and haAustralian Rules Football can go back as far as 1858, it was inspired by English public schoolboys football. In 1859, The Melbourne Football Club published the first laws/rules of Australian Footy, making it the oldest of the worlds football codes.

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Originally it was called the VFL – Victorian football league.  It was played in all states but initially it was only Melbourne clubs that came under the VFL banner.  In 1982, the South Melbourne club moved to Sydney, where it became The Sydney Swans.  Even today on the top of the players shirts on the back they still have the initials of the SMFC.

In 1987, two more clubs were formed in other states.  The West Coast Eagles- Western Australia and Brisbane – Queensland.  In those days Queensland and New South Wales were predominantly Rugby.

In 1990 they changed the name from The VFL – Victorian Football League to the Australian Football League. Over the next 10 years 3 more non Victorian teams joined. in 1991 Adelaide Football club (South Australia)Fremantle (WA)in 1995 and Port Adelaide (South Australia) 1997. In 2011, Gold Coast (QLD) and 2012 Greater Western Sydney (NSW).  This brings the AFL to 18 teams. They play in all states, even have had games in New Zealand, China.  There are many ex pats all over the world who have started up Aussie Rules teams.

Now when the Eagles came on the scene I was living in Victoria.  Yes, I supported my home team and even went to the airport when they came in to town for the Grand Final. My daughter and I even got to hold the prestigious cup on their victory back in 1994.  We had gone to the airport to meet and greet them after their win.

Then the Fremantle dockers came on board, or Freo or the mighty dockers.  I began to realize that this was my team and began to stop supporting the Eagles.  They were huge back at home and here in Victoria there was only a sprinkling of us.  Oh and their original colors were red, white, green and purple.  In recent years they have dropped the red and green.  Purple is my favorite color.

So where is this going, and how does it connect 3 sisters?  Both Muriel and Paula live in Perth.  So of course they will support the two home teams, its only natural.  Paula loves Freo first then Eagles, Muriel the other way round.  So when they play each other Paula will go for the dockers and Muriel the Eagles.  For me its Fremantle all the way.  I am a member of the club, I am also in the cheer Squad.

On Saturday, I helped with the banner for our team to run through.  That was my first time on the hallowed ground of the MCG – the Melbourne Cricket Ground. To top it off my team won by 2 points.  It was a nail biter, but luckily I had my camera with me so I spent most of the game looking through the lens and taking pictures.

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Our Captain Nat Fyfe for the Fremantle Dockers #7

Of course going to Melbourne takes it out of me.  Its nearly a 3 hour train ride, so that 6 hours of sitting in a cramped train.  With Osteoarthritis in the hip can mean being very sore for days after.  The fatigue is relentless , that brick wall hit me the next day.

To get down to Melbourne I catch the train at 7am and do not get home until after 9pm.  its a long day.  When I arrived I went to one of the many laneways that are famous all over the world and had breakfast.  As it was the Easter weekend, all the cafes that were opened were packed with locals and tourists. Your jam packed in like sardines in a tin and its eat and get out so the table can be used again.  The food was average.

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Euraka Tower – has a “shelf that moves out thats all glass for a birds eye view of Melbourne

I then slowly made my way to the G – as the MCG is known.  Us Aussies like to shorten everything. I took a few photos of the Yarra River, then jumped (well climbed) onto a tram that would get me to the G. I took a few photos around the G, they have statues of all the famous footballers and cricketers.  Yes the MCG also hosts cricket from all around the world.  Last month Adele had her concerts there also.  Its a great ground, seats over 100,000 people, has 2 train lines on either side and lots of trams plus its a quick picturesque  walk into the city along the Yarra River. In 1956 the XVI Olympics were held in Melbourne.

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Plaque for the 1956 Olympics
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View of the Yarra River Melbourne

 

Countdown to France

Hi everyone hope your having a wonderful day.

Yesterday I purchased some new bamboo beach pants and a beautiful plum bamboo top from the Ecco Store in Albury.  I was over that way as I had a doctor’s appointment to get results from a few tests I have had done and some more prescriptions.

I am rapt as the new bamboo pants and top are a size down from what I wore last year.

Its 4 months till we head off.  Hopefully, by then I have had a few physio appointments and helped this stupid hip I have.  The rheumatologist has requested that I increase one of my pain medications.  So tonight I took the larger dose.  Can it work so quickly.  I have been in agony for weeks.  Tonight, movement is still hard but the throbbing pain has dulled.

The previous post I wasn’t sure if it was Osteoarthritis or Osteoporosis.  Its osteoarthritis along with the 2 muscles that hold it in are just hanging by a thread.

My general practitioner yesterday suggested a cortisone injection, to which I rejected for now.  I said i wanted to give the increase of medication and the physiotherapy a go first.

I have heard too many times that a cortisone injection only works for a while and sometimes not at all.

Anyway, 4 months till we fly to Nice and then spend time on the Rhone River and then the Seine River.

 

 

Last Night in Paris

 

Before we left to visit Parc Monceau, we had spoken with the desk at the hotel for suggestions on somewhere to eat.  They suggested La Mascotte and said it wasnt too far from the Parc.  They showed us on the map how to get there.  So once we left the Parc we made our way to the restaurant.  As we walked up the street this photo below shows what we could see.

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Arc De Triomphe

It was less than 5 minutes away from our Hotel!  All that time we had been going right and right ( which now is wrong) which would take 10-15 minutes to get to the Champs-Élysées  and this was right around the corner so to speak!

So anyone reading this if you get up to the Arc De Triomphe you can visit the Parc Monceau also.  Wow what a treat!

As we wandered up the street we passed an Embassy and this was parked out the front.

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Red Car!

 

I had to take a picture of the Red Car!

We found the street the restaurant was in so of course we turned left.  Walked up a bit and there was nothing, no bistro’s or restaurants or cafes.  So we turned around and went back up the street.

 

As we walked up the street, Paula shrieked “there is my tea shop”.  It was closed, it was probably closer to 8pm.  Typical we find the tea shop right around from the Hotel.  You say we could have used google!  Paula’s I pad wasn’t working, Muriels internet hadnt worked the whole time we were away and I just didnt think of it.  Thats the brain fog settling in.

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Mariage Frères

I also had to take a picture of the shop just to prove we at least found it!  260 Faubourg Saint-Honoré
Paris 8e   If anyone is interested.

There were so many bistro’s and Restaurants in this part of the street.  Indian, Italian, French you name it was covered.  We walked along a little bit and found two Bistros right next to each other. One was La Mascotte   La Mascotte – at 270 Rue du Faulbourg Saint-Honore 8E.  We thought we better go in as the desk clerk had made the trouble of booking our table.

The waiter was very pleasant, the prices were not like they are on the Champs Elyses.  It wasnt cheap, but the prices were not inflated for the tourists.  We found out a few things on our last day.  In Paris/France and probably Europe, they serve you wine by the glass, the bottle or “une carafe”   Our waiter finally explained what no one had before.  So we ordered a “une carafe” I think it was enough for 2 glasses each for Paula and I, or half glasses and a wee bit for Muriel to toast our last night in Paris.

On the menu I can only remember what we had for entrée, Paula and I ordered Cooked marrow bones.  Muriel may remember what she had, but for the life of me I can not remember. Out it came, 3 very large marrow bones each!  Had we asked we could have got away with 1 between the 2 of us.

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Yummy Marrow Bones

Like little pigs we ate the lot.  Had I have been at home I would have just picked them up and sucked the marrow out.

Then we had our mains.  Paula had fish, Muriel had steak and I had a burger, which all came with chips.  I didn’t eat my bun, and it was a minced burger, and cooked rare. It was delicious.

Muriel then had dessert. I know because I have a photo of it!  It was pink and looked very cold 🙂

We finished our wine, it was nothing to rave about.  Paid our bill and decided that we  would walk  further down the street a bit more , then we crossed over and walked back up the street.   None of   us wanted to get back to the hotel as it meant our time in Paris and Europe would be over.

This is when we saw the sad part of Paris.  In many doorways there were the homeless setting up their beds to sleep until the morning.  Its happening all over the world, walk around Melbourne or visit Central Railway Station in Sydney and there are the homeless.

I lost count of the times we kept saying why didn’t we just come this way when we first arrived in Paris.  It actually was lucky for us with the shops being closed, we would probably been over the limit in our bags for the trip home!  So we window shopped.  Much cheaper.

I love the flower stalls everywhere in Paris, just so beautiful.  This was one on our way back to our Hotel.

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Florist

We made our way back to the hotel past the Embassy, and turned right on the opposite side of the Parc Monceau.  It was getting dark and as I turned to take another picture I saw this.  I then crossed the street and took some more pictures up close.

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Whenever you see the sun reflected in the window of a building it is an angel

We then turned and made our way back to our hotel.  It had been an amazing 2 weeks.  We had seen so much in so little time.  We had literally walked nearly all of Paris. Tomorrow we were leaving for the airport at 8am so we had to be up very early.  Our flight was due to leave at 12 Noon.

More on the evening/night and our flight in our next post!

 

3 Sisters Abroad

#3 Sisters Abroad.

I was turning the big 60 last year and my sisters thought a trip over to Europe would be the way to celebrate it.  They left it up to me to which one we did.  So then the confusion started. Do we do a cruise, a train trip or a bus trip or combine them. I was on the internet looking at trips, cruise’s.  The house was filled with travel brochures and any spare time I had would be reading them, marking them and then charging my mind.  By the time I had made my mind up (and that can be hard to do), we were then booked on a cruise that would leave Basel in Switzerland and head up the Rhine to Amsterdam. This cruise was for 7 days and 3 days in Paris.  It was decided that we would stay another couple of days in Paris and stay a night in Zürich on the way to our cruise.

Just before the bookings closed I asked my long time friend Lyn to join us.  Lyn was also turning 60 so it would have been a huge celebration.  She jumped at the chance.  The two of us talked every day on Facebook about what we were taking, buying etc.  So excited.

Unfortunately 7 weeks before we were due to fly my dear friend had a freak accident that ended with broken leg foot etc with plates and several screws.

First Tip: Always make sure you have travel insurance.

We 3 chatted on the phone regularly  sent emails on  what were we going to pack so we could  share the load.

I hadn’t traveled since 1999, when I went to the States for 4 weeks. Before that I had been to Thailand a lifetime ago and Great Britain back when I was 16. My 2 older sisters have traveled a bit more than me.  My sister Paula had been to Europe many times and the last time to Paris was only 4 years ago. Muriel the eldest, has been to Egypt, Hawaii , London, Paris and Singapore.

3 Sisters. would we fight, argue, or just enjoy the time together .  Who are we?

Muriel, the eldest, a widow, a teacher, mother of 3 children, several grandchildren and great grand children. Loves to dance and sing and plays the piano.

Paula, married and still in love with her hubby Mike,  mother of 3 children, 2 grandchildren. Loves to travel, garden and my co partner with the wine.

Bree – me,   single (divorced but it was a long time ago) Mother of 2 children.  Loves to read, dance, walk the dogs, Tai Chi and help Paula finish the bottle of wine. Travel, my heart now wants to travel and travel I will.  I also have 2 Rare Diseases, Tuberous Sclerosis and Lymphangioleiomyomatosis – Lam Lung Disease , Hashimotos Thyroid Disease, Meniers Disease, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, high blood pressure, Anxiety .  I think that’s it.

This blog is about our Trip to Europe, the funny bits, the not so funny and the wonderful places and things we saw and did.  The people we met on the trip, the long-lasting friendships

There will be some tips on what to take, what to leave at home.

What worked and what didn’t work for us.

 

 

 

 

My phone is home!

Yesterday my house mate and I ventured to IKEA…..and we both survived.  I think we were there for 3 hours.  We did stop for a cuppa and a gluten free cake.  We had a list of things we wanted.  Came out with loads of goodies but nothing that was on the list.  Afterwards we drove down to the beach and let the dogs have a quick run on the sand.

Then I noticed that I had a missed call, so I rang it.  Vodafone Tim here …Bree your phone is back from the hospital.

I raced down to the shops and was reunited with my phone.  No idea what was wrong with her.  Perhaps she is like me and has an auto immune condition.  At least its now recorded and if she does this again, I will get a new phone.  Oh how I missed her.  Android phones are just too hard.  I love my I phone.

Today, we got our wifi connected which will give us contact with the social media world until November when we can get the National Broadband connected. (NBN)

I never realized how much I rely on social media to connect with the outside world.  Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, WordPress., Email.  Even private messenger.

So I am back and oh guess what? 2 weeks this Saturday I leave for Perth Western Australia to catch up with family and friends then its off to France on the Tuesday.

 

 

When your phone needs to go to hospital!

Yesterday the unthinkable happened . My new i phone “died”.  We tried vainly to inject some life into her.  The staff member at the shop spent at least 45 minutes on her trying to get life into her weak body.  Was not to be, so she has been sent via I phone ambulance to the I phone hospital.  We will be reunited in about 7-10 days.

They have given me an android phone.  So basic  yet so hard to use.  I am relying on the generosity of the library service here in Victoria to be able to connect to the outside world.

Internet at home will not be available until September.  So that to a blogger and a social media lover is like being sent to your room with no phone, no tv, nothing!!

So if I dont respond to you please know I am not ignoring you.  I am on the i cloud with no cloud.

 

So I have put my favourite picture of Paris up for you all to check out.

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Eiffel Tower

 

All moved in…finally

Sorry I have been a bit quiet on your posts and posting here.  My internet is just whats on my phone.  I went to the library yesterday and have 3 months that I can use the wifi there until we get access at home.

Its been a busy couple of weeks, packing cleaning the furniture being moved into the new home.  It’s a wee bit smaller than the house we have moved from so there is still boxes everywhere.

I’m trying to get it all sorted before I fly out to Perth then France.  I think I have high high hopes in that area.

Its been a long day today.  We drove from Rosebud – isn’t that a wonderful sounding name where we live!  Rosebud to Shepparton, which is roughly 3 -3.5 hours one way.  Then jumped out of one car into another and drove to Wodonga to see my lovely doctor.  My last visit she had filled in my forms for travel but had left a couple of things off so that had to be fixed.  Also missed a prescription.  Shepparton to Wodonga is about 2 hours, but today there were kamikaze truck drivers.  We were behind one for over an hour, he was all over the road.

So quite a few hours sitting in a car.  Plus it was raining all the way.

Enough moaning.  Will post some pictures of Rosebud soon.  We have Port Phillip Bay on one side and the ocean on the other.  We live on a peninsular.   There is a huge dog park less than 5 minutes walk, which is wonderful for the dogs.  It’s an off lead park.  Plus they are allowed on the beaches in winter anytime.  In peak time it’s after 7pm and before 9am.  As we have daylight savings in summer, its light until 9-10pm.  The towns along the bay are a mecca for people on holiday during school holidays and the summer.  This time of the year being winter its a bit quiet.

Anyway, thats it for now.  Hope to do a couple of posts of Whats in the bag and whats in the back pack before I take off.  The picture below is at the bay near where I live now.  This is my two dogs Gene – red collar and Beth – blue collar.  They are both now in doggie heaven.  As you can see its so peacefull.  IMG_5708

5 weeks to go for the trip to France!

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Yes only 5 weeks to go before we fly to France!  Received our itinerary and baggage tags and our name badges!  Flight details and tickets.   It’s all real.

Getting so excited!

This week has been a busy week, with the removalists coming very early on Wednesday morning.  Of course it had to rain that day.  Then cleaning the house and the garden.  Does not seem to matter how clean you are when all the furniture is gone the house looks a mess.  My rheumatoid arthritis was certainly loving the cleaning.  My right hand was in pain and was swollen and all curled up.  It’s still very sore, hoping the two carb soda baths I have had yesterday and today will help relieve it.  Even typing hurts.  I shouldn’t complain, Paula the middle sister her rheumatoid arthritis is really bad and the new medication will take at least 4 weeks to even begin to help.

Our furniture arrived at the house yesterday.  I drive down tomorrow and I will take my time.  It’s roughly a 3 hour drive but if I take 1 -2 hours more I don’t mind.

I will be glad to be down by the beach.  The fresh air, the huge dog park, walks along the beach.  Back to really good eating.

And a trip to France!  woo hoo

 

Bree the youngest of the 3 sisters.

 

 

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100 posts…

Yesterday I got a notification that I had done 100 posts.  I so wanted the 100th to be a celebration instead it was a moving post.

 

Who ever thought when I started this blog that I would get to 100 posts!

In less than 6 weeks, 3 sisters abroad will be celebrating 1 year of blogging!

Again I want to thank you all for following, commenting and liking my posts.

 

Muriel, Paula and me Bree are very grateful for all your love.

 

 

 

 

My favorite makeup – made without animal testing

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Moving House

 

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In a week the truck comes to pick up all the furniture.  We are moving so I just wanted to let all my readers know why I am not commentating much on your posts.

Once the truck comes then it’s the big clean then its the big drive to where we are moving. Its going to be lovely down where we are going.

To the seaside.  Oh I do love to be beside the seaside.

For those who are looking at a map of Victoria, its down by the Peninsular.  We have a bay on one side and the ocean on the other!

I hate moving.  I have moved so much.  I was born and grew up in Western Australia.  I lived there for a number of years.  Then I moved to Victoria.  Lived in a few homes then I moved up to Qld. I lived in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Toowoomba,  then Cairns.  Then drove across Australia up to Darwin down the Coast of Western Australia back to Perth.  We took 2 weeks to do that trip.

One of the most amazing things I did was to fly over the Bungle Bungles.

Lived in Perth for a couple of years .  Then moved back to Victoria.  I have been living here in Victoria for 7 and half years.  In that time I have lived in 5 places, 3 of them in the country.  This move will be my 6th.  Its back to the suburbs closer to the hospitals.  Although where we are moving to is like a country town.  During the summer months its very busy with holiday makers.

You would think I am used to it.   Moving is very stressful and when you have chronic illness’ it makes it even harder.

Thank you for following 3 sisters abroad.  Without you, our followers, I would be talking to myself.  If anyone wants to come and help that would be wonderful.  Kidding.

My back is giving me warning signs so I am constantly heating up the heat pack and that’s when I am able to browse the reader and comment and like.  Yes the back is doing its twinge right now.

Looking forward to getting back into reading all your posts  and the big Trip to France in August!!

 

 

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