15 days till France

This time last year the 3 sisters were in Europe.  Never in my wildest dreams would I have even thought that I would be going back.

In 15 days Muriel and I will be boarding a flight from Perth to begin our journey. I am flying to Perth on the Saturday before to spend a few days with family and friends.  The 3 sisters will be catching up with another traveler we met on our cruise last year.

I am in the excited, anxious phase of have I got everything, do I need anything.  I have all my medications ready to go in my backpack. My clothes are sorted and my shoes.  I am getting my hair trimmed and a color put in it tomorrow.  Muriel has booked me in for a trim and shampoo on the Tuesday we are flying out.  A girl has to look good.

I have decided to leave the Mac Air at home and just take my phone and camera.  Just in case rules change while we are away with having lap tops in the cabin.

I will be posting pictures on my Instagram account @3sistersabroad.  and my Facebook page.  I will try to post a couple of blog posts while away.  Will depend on internet and time.  I know from last year we were on the go from the minute we woke till we put our heads on the pillow.

 

The countdown is on!

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Parc Monceau

Im just re posting some of my favorite places while we are away in France.  Hope you all enjoy.

 

 

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The Corinthian Pillars on the lake

 

When we first arrived in Paris 5 days earlier, our Cruise Director had told us of a little park about 5 minutes away from the hotel.  So today we would wander up there and have a look at this “little park” and then wander till we found somewhere to have dinner.

We had also been told to get to the Champs Elyse we could either turn left and left or right and right.  We had been going right and right.  Sometimes you should go left as you will be pleasantly surprised on what you will find.

Not even 5 minutes walk  we found Parc Monceau.  It had impressive huge gold gates and is surrounded by some amazing apartments.  We were upset with ourselves that we hadn’t visited this park before now.

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A view of some of the apartments surrounding the park

 

The Parc is situated in the 8th arrondissement of Paris.  In 1769, the Duke of Chartres (later the Duke of Orleans) purchased a small parcel of land on which he hoped to build a garden. A pavilion was built-in the center and the Duke planned to expand the area throughout the next decade. The gardens were designed in the English style, less formal than the French style. The designer of the gardens, Louis Carrogis Carmontelle added statues of famous Frenchmen along with small-scale features such as a windmill, pyramid and some Corinthian pillars. The Duke was executed during the French revolution so it was then deemed a public park.  A new landscaper  was employed and he removed and added some other features.  The park was formally opened to the public in 1861 by Napoleon.

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The grand entrance to the Park

Today the park is enjoyed by many locals, and the day we were there I think there were only a handful of tourists including us 3.  We noticed that there were vegetable gardens around in many areas of the park.  I can only assume that it was for the people living in the apartments surrounding the park.

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Look at the size of these veggies!

 

We wish now we had visited this park more often than just the day before we were to leave Paris and head home. If you get the chance to visit this amazing park I would defiantly recommend it.

It was such a peaceful park after the busy parks/gardens we had visited in the last few days.  “Far from the maddening Crowd”

We left the park with a firm promise that we will re visit the park next time we are in Paris.

Off to find some food!

 

 

 

 

Gluten Free Soft Centered Chocolate Puddings Or Chocolate Fondant…

 

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Chocolate Soft Centered Pudding  – see the hard top with the chocolate oozing…

 

Gluten free soft centered chocolate puddings…or in our restaurant I called them self-centered chocolate puddings.  You know for a while I wondered why our customers always had a laugh, till one day I was told what I was saying.

 

These are so easy to make.  I make them early in the day or the day before and keep them in the fridge till I want to bake them. They take roughly only 10 mins in the oven.  It does depend on your oven though.

what you need

4 buttered ramekins.  I have the medium size ramekins, you can use whatever size you want however baking time will depend on the size.  You do have to keep an eye on them when in the oven.

Ingredients

Melt chocolate and butter together either in a microwave or a double boiler.

185 grams of really good chocolate.  I use 80% chocolate.

185 grams of butter (please do not use margarine)

MIX

3 eggs

3/4 cup of castor sugar – tonight I used coconut sugar

3 tablespoons of Gluten Free Self Raising Flour

 

then mix in the butter/chocolate mix.  Pour into the ramekins.

The oven should be at 200 celsius.  So yes a very hot oven.

Once the top is getting hard they are ready.  Serve with ice-cream and cream.  You can also serve with berries and ice-cream.

The top should start to crack when ready…inside the chocolate is oozing, so when you put your spoon into the top.  If you leave them in the oven too long the chocolate will be hard.

 

Please enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 year of blogging!

 

 

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3 Sisters Abroad – Me (black hat), Paula, Muriel
Oh wow, where do I begin?  A year of blogging.  When I started 12 months ago I never in my wildest dreams thought I would still be blogging a year later.

It all started as a whim while we were on our cruise last year.  Its funny how things started.  There we were on a cruise up the Rhine laughing and joking about how we were going to be famous and those people who were snubbing their nose at us would be wishing they hadn’t.

I want to thank everyone who reads our posts, comments and likes. Without all of you our readers it would be just me -Bree typing to the air.

In just over 24 hours we will flying to Nice France to begin another chapter in our travels.

Catch us over the next 2 weeks via our instagram @3sistersabroad.

 

 

 

Reunited 3 Sisters 

Today the 3 sisters Muriel, Paula and Me -Bree meet for lunch with Richard who we met on the cruise from last year. My bestie Lyn also came. Lyn was supposed to have come with us last year but 7 weeks out from when we were to leave she had a very unfortunate accident. Broke her leg in many places and was in hospital for at least 5 weeks. 


Left to right : Bree ( me) Richard, Muriel, Lyn, Paula . 

Tomorrow night we head to the airport to start our holiday. 

To Paula, Lyn and Richard I wish you 3 were coming with us. You will be with us in spirit. 

Whats in the suitcase for France?

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Tomorrow I fly to Perth to spend a few days with family and friends before Muriel and I fly to Nice France.

I haven’t even packed my suitcase will attempt to do that today.  Not only will I have my clothes for the holiday but will have to also have clothes for Perth weird winter weather.

I am taking some clothes that I will leave at my sisters place for when i visit there again.

I have a few new things to take this year.  A long dress!! Those that know me I have never been a dress person.  I will wear this dress to the Moulin Rouge and perhaps one of the captains special dinners.  Thank you Susanne from Veducci clothing.  Somehow I purchased 3 dresses when I had a clothing party that my friend Susanne  hosted. I met her at fundraiser for Tuberous Sclerosis last year, and with Susanne’s encouragement I joined the View Club.  They raise funds for the Smith Family.

I have the usual suspects my favorite bamboo pants and t/shirts.  These are so good for traveling and every day use.  You can wear them out with a nice top for dinner or out shopping or like me they have become my everyday wear.

I will have my 2 pair of black dressy crepe pants that I will each night at dinner with one of the many tops I have.

I also have the long skirt I purchased in Montmartre Paris and the top I purchased in Bonn Germany. I will wear this outfit at dinner also.  I have a couple of scarves and will no doubt purchase a few more as they can make an outfit different.

I will also have a pair of pants that I purchased from Veducci, blue and white pattern, which I can wear to dinner or on one of the many outings we will be going on.

Shoes – I have a pair of blue leather converse sneakers and a pair of black Frankie 4 sandals.  These sandals are so comfy and “The FRANKiE4 Functional Footbeds are Podiatrist & Physiotherapist designed. They boast features that support your entire foot: rear foot, midfoot and forefoot are all supported.” as quoted on their website.

I also have a pair of very cheap Kmart brand shoes that have a velcro band which I will wear on the plane.  Easy on Easy off.

I will be posting mainly on Instagram while away as I will only have my phone.  So to keep up with the holiday please head over to Instagram @3sistersabroad. If you follow me I follow you.

So if I don’t answer you or comment that’s why.

 

Have a great day xx

 

 

 

 

A bit of good ole Aussie Birdlife

Nearly every day since moving down to Rosebud, we have been getting visitors in our backyard.  I love the name Rosebud as Roses is one of my favorite flowers of which I have many.

This morning I pulled up the kitchen blind and this is what I saw.  Some days there are two or more.  Today he was on his own.

Looked like he was contemplating life.

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The Kookaburra 

 

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The Kookaburra 

It was a bit windy this morning.  Just after I took this picture he did his “laugh”. I missed it.

 

This particular Kookaburra is a Laughing Kookaburra from the Kingfisher family.  They are found mainly on the east coast of Australia.

Kookaburras eat mice, rats, snakes, lizards and the odd small bird.  Oh they also like to swoop between you and your partner to pinch the sausage you were both eating.  All we heard was the noise of its wings, it never touched either of us.  It was funny to watch it “kill” the sausage in the tree.  Banging it on a branch again and again.

 

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Parrot – Rosella

This gorgeous bird the Rosella was in the front garden just the other day.  Again it was the pulling the bedroom blind up to see this.

I really do feel so lucky living where I do with all the beautiful bird life.

 

Time to think of whats going in the backpack

In just over a week I will be heading to Perth for a couple of days then heading to Nice France. I was sitting here in my nice warm cosy lounge room and it was like eeek, I better start thinking about what I am putting in the backpack.

I went to my archived posts on the blog to see what I took last time and I am pretty sure I will do the same.  Medications, change of clothes, lip gloss, moisturizer, hand wipes, rain jacket. Phone and charger and camera charger. Passport, travel papers, insurance papers.

My camera will be in my cross body bag. It big enough to fit my camera with its new lens, SD cards, my wallet.  I may even have my passport in it…

My medications will take up one side of the backpack.  Its crazy the amount I have to take with me.  Thyroid medication, pain medication x 3 lots, antibiotics, prednisone, valium,  my asthma medications.

Do you think there is anything else I should take? I am taking some books over to Perth in my luggage that I have read to give to Paula and when she is done with them she can hand them to Muriel.

I might get a trashy magazine to read on the flight.

 

Gastroparesis Awareness Month

August marks the month for awareness of Gastroparesis.  I have a few friends who have this chronic illness in varying degrees.  My friend Erin has explained in detail what it means to someone who battles on a day to day basis with this disease.  Please have a read.  I thank you for your time.

Today, the 1st of August, kicks off Gastroparesis Awareness Month! What is Gastroparesis and why is it important that we have a month dedicated to its awareness and advocacy? Gastroparesis (GP) is a condition that basically means “paralysed stomach”. People who have it have stomachs that don’t work properly. Instead of being able to squeeze, digest, […]

via Gastroparesis Awareness Month! — A Chronic Spoonful

Welcome the new Sister to 3 sisters abroad.

Wow a year ago we 3 sisters were in Zurich at the start of our holiday.  How time flies!  It  is Muriel’s birthday today and last year due to the time difference she celebrated for 2 days!  As you do and isn’t that a fun thing! Happy Birthday for today Muriel xx

 

Unfortunately  Paula will not be on this holiday due to personal family reasons. However, Paula will be with us in our hearts.

We will have a 3rd Sister with us on this next trip to France.  Last year we met at the Zurich Airport a lovely family Peter, Tania and one of their sons Luke. We became very close on the trip.  When I told Tania we were going to France they decided they would come with us.  Excellent!!

They will be catching up with family in London then coming to Nice where I am sure a few drinks will be had.

I have tried to add a picture of Tania and myself when we met for drinks after one of my numerous hospital appointments but somehow it won’t let me.  Maybe later.

Oh good its let me add the picture.  So please welcome Tania to the 3 Sisters.

 

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