Snow, Divorce, Dating & Right of Way …

Like many places in the world this week, Paris got hit with some serious snow … at least by Paris standards.

Snowball Fight on Ile Saint Louis

It’s pretty rare that it snows hard enough here to have the ground significantly covered with white – it usually just gets muddy – but that’s what we got this week. It’s such a treat to see Paris covered in white. The tourists seem absolutely thrilled (the ones that didn’t hydroplane and go down on the frozen cobblestone!) and kids almost lose their minds.

The snow can't stop a man from getting his baguette

I waited until the snow stopped falling, grabbed my camera and just toured around the back of Notre Dame, around Ile Saint Louis and eventually over to the Bastille area. I couldn’t stomach traveling much further around the city given that it was challenging enough trying to keep the feeling in my fingers.

To see a few more images of snow day in Paris, CLICK HERE.

There was a recent story coming from California that I really liked. A California gay marriage supporter says he is pushing an initiative to “protect traditional marriage” … a statewide ban on divorce! He has come up with the 2010 California Marriage Protection Act, aimed at striking back at those who claimed gay marriage was destroying the family.

John Marcotte, who is married with two children, said the initiative was inspired by California’s Proposition 8, the gay marriage ban he opposed. “If you want to protect traditional marriage, don’t stop gay people from getting married,” he said. “Stop straight people from getting divorced.” I wonder how social conservatives would feel about that?

On a related note, I heard about a website (I won’t mention the name because I don’t want to give them any additional publicity) that is designed to help married people find dates.

Dating site for married people

Dating website for married people

I’m not kidding. If we needed any more signs (which we shouldn’t) of what mad times these are, this site is yet another.

And finally, there’s a subject I’ve been wanting to write about for a long time now – the French “right-of-way” driving law. I didn’t believe it the first time someone told me about it but I researched it and it’s true. In any French city (the law is different in rural areas), when a car approaches from the right side, they ALWAYS have priority. Visualize what this means. When a car is driving down a small alley that happens to end into a major thoroughfare, the cars on the main thoroughfare have to stop to let the car from the small street enter.

It’s mind boggling to see. I’ve been in a taxi driving down a major street going with the flow of traffic when a car comes out of a small street and, without hesitating, turns right onto the major street, forcing the cars going at a higher speed to give way. If anyone reading this can explain why this rule exists, please tell me … it would solve a long-standing French mystery for me.

Some photos of the week …

Eating Cotton Candy - Hotel de Ville

Waiter on Break - Place des Vosges

Hanukkah Potato Latkes - Rue des Rosiers

Woman on Carousel - Hotel de Ville


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Katy Karrenbrock on December 23, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Hi David,

    Met you last year through Tammi and Steve here in Bodega Bay. Have been following your Blog for the last 3 years. No matter what the subject matter of your weekly blog, I have enjoyed your photography, great writing and dry wit. Really enjoyed this week’s blog as it reminded me of my favorite Christmas that I spent in Paris 4 years ago. Unfortunately it did not snow. Your photography is inspirational and beautiful. Happy Holidays.



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