Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Cruising for a Bruising


Mommy Money Bags is at it again and there's no stopping her! She's been living high on the hog for so long that she's fallen out of touch with reality. Not everyone, including residents of the 16th arrondissement, has a bank account with at least eight zeroes in it and several others hidden in a tiny country famous for skiing, chocolate and luxury watches.

Last week, all the expat moms met for a night of Wine Clubbing at MMB's place. Before I start dishing, can I just say how I love the Wine Club? Here's why:

1/ We vent about our husbands, the kids, the French, Parisians, customer service

2/ We get to drink great wine and flirt with the handsome & devilish sommelier who says things like:

"Zees Côtes du Rhône has a good body like you Madame."
"Zees old Bordeaux has an intense bouquet of deep aromas zat get better with age, like women."
"Zees Sauterne tastes sweet, as you must Mesdames."

3/ We dish on the Park Monceau moms and Dr. Hot

4/ The Wine Clubbers provide great blog fodder

Anyway, it's that time of year when everyone is making their summer vacation plans. Of course, MMB started yet another discussion about who's going where, with what staff, and for how long. Newly arrived Midwest Mom was on the receiving end of MMB's interrogation. It went like a little like this:

MMB: So where's everyone going in July and August?

NYC Mom: We're in Cannes for 6 glorious weeks. I've got a nanny and an au-pair coming too. It'll be sooo relaxing.

Midwest Mom: We're taking the kids on a cruise for a week.

MMB: Only a week? Then you'll do something after that right?

Midwest Mom: Nothing's planned. Should we?

MMB: (Making a face to Malibu Mom) Nobody who lives in the 16th stays in Paris all summer. Only the poor do. It's sinful to stay in a polluted city crowded with tourists when you could be at the beach!

Midwest Mom: I was planning on taking the kids to Disneyland one day. We can do a fun activity every week - like visit the Eiffel Tower or Versailles.

MMB: You mean you're not going to stay at the Disney hotel so your kids can eat breakfast with the Disney cast?

Midwest Mom: No, we don't need to.

MMB: It sounds like you need to spend the summer looking for a country house to buy so you'll have a place to go next summer. I'll lend you mine in La Baule while I'm vacationing on Ile de Ré.

Midwest Mom: (Rolling her eyes at Miami Mom) Well, we just bought an apartment. That and a cruise is pretty much going to tap us out.

(Whispering to La Mom)Isn't that enough? Besides, who says I have to have a country house just because everyone else does?

Mommy Money Bags - cruising for a bruising!
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La Mom is sick and wil be de retour next week.

In the meantime, La Mom received The Expat Focus Recommended Website Award! This award is given to outstanding (their word, not La Mom's) expat websites which provide information to those moving to or living in a foreign country would find useful.
 

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