Friday, June 04, 2010

From opera-goer to trash-collector

Last Sunday Zari and I went to see a ballet at the Opéra de Nice, which is about 200 feet away from us. This was Zari's first big cultural event.
We sat in the front row. I imagined what it would have been like to attend an opera a century or two ago.
The next day, all of Nice was closed down. There were police everywhere. They came a few days before the event and searched our apartment (and all the others nearby). A huge line of police cars was on the Promenade des Anglais.
President Sarkozy hosted 50 heads of state from Africa for the 25th sommet Afrique-France. He dedicated a new monument right next to our apartment building. It is really ugly--9 huge beams of rusted iron leaning together. When we were chatting with the police inspectors about the monument, they exclaimed, "quelle horreur!" After the ceremony, Sarkozy and the other African presidents dined on our street, about 2-3 blocks down.
Eric got about 3 feet away from the president.
We walked around the new monument after the ceremony. The kids rolled around on the astroturf and climbed on the platforms. Zari saw all the discarded water bottles and had to remedy the situation.
So she lined them all up, according to the volume of water remaining.
We pretended to be imporant persons.


  1. LOVE the water bottle organization. Just excellent.

  2. i want to make my children muti-cultural! but first i need to make myself multi-cultural! i am jealous!

  3. That's awesome! So cool that you took her to the opera. Hopefully my kids will like opera- my husband does not:). PS, What is it with frenchies and ugly monuments:)?

  4. Hahaha! The water bottle organization is priceless. How hilarious!

    I must say that Zari's personality is coming through more (to me, a reader who doesn't know her) on this trip than ever before. I love it. She is going to be such a unique and creative young lady.

    That water bottle thing is still cracking me up. My brother used to line up and organize everything, and still does it. :)


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