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Je parle seulement un peu. Mais j’ai traduit tous les jours. Final days — Paris 2015

A note on language: My French is rusty at best. Even at the peak of my ability, at age 21, after 3 years of public high school courses and a year of college-level classes with an actual Parisian, I considered … Continue reading

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Versailles – Aug. 7 2015

Me and a few thousand international friends thought it would be a good idea to check out Chateau de Versailles, the iconic grand palace and grounds, built by the Sun King, Louis XIV, in the late 1600s, then transformed in … Continue reading

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Tourist Business Time Begins — Sunday/Monday — Paris 2015

On Sunday, the jet lag hit us a little and we slept in until almost noon. My only goal for the day was getting to the weekly outdoor lindyhop event on a quai next to the Seine by 4pm-ish. Taking … Continue reading

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Les Puces et La Tour — Paris, Aug. 1, 2015

Saturday morning, my first “real” morning, I woke up eager to get to the famous “flea markets” – or “Les Puces” – at Saint Ouen/Clignancourt. It’s only open weekends and I didn’t want to miss out or wait for the … Continue reading

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“There was evening; there was morning: A first day.” — Arriving in Paris, July 30-31 2015

Departed JFK Thursday night, July 30, arrived in Paris Friday morning, July 31. It was a particularly brutal redeye for me. I’d woke up early and scrubbed, scoured and laundered my apartment from top to bottom so it would be … Continue reading

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Travel buddies – Paris 2015

A note on Mom as a travel companion: We get along very well generally, but this was the first time we’ve ever traveled together. I mean, it’s probably been decades since the five of us in our immediate family vacationed … Continue reading

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Accommodations via apartment swap — Paris 2015

The backstory on this trip: A few months ago, Jodie, who I know from Atlanta but is now living in London, asked if I could host her Parisian friend, Lina, while she was in NYC for two months over the … Continue reading

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