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Previous Articles:

Architecture in Columbia

To London via Train
A Bus to Stonehenge

A Flight to France
Normandy, Brittney and the Loire Valley
First Day in Paris
Walking Tours of Paris
Memories of Paris

Arrival in Tokyo
Subway Survival, Swords, Site-Seeing, and Sushi
A Week of Business Meetings, and Wonderful Food
Asakusa and Tokyo Tower
Mt. Fuji and Hakkone
Sony Building, Hibiya Park, Shopping

Memories of Mexico

Swiss Excursion, Part I
Swiss Excursion, Part II

Snow Camping in Yosemite

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Memories of Paris

Today I slept in, then packed up and headed out. It was drissly again. My first stop was 221b Baker Street, which most of you will recognize as the most famous address in the world: that of Sherlock Holmes. And what should I find at that address? The Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective Museum, of course! I had to take a tour of the place, and was quite impressed with it. I event bought a couple of souviners, including some hard to find Sherlock Holmes postage stamps for my collection.

Next I headed for the British Museum. I had to see the Rosetta stone. And I did, along with a many other famous sculptures, painting, and various artifacts from around the world.

Afterwards, I walked back to the train station, and worked on postcards until it was time to board my train back to Paris. A whirl-wind trip yes, but very enjoyable. Next time I come to England I think I will focus on Literature and theatre. Next time...

"Memories of Paris"

Paris is a delightful city: cospolitian and free spirted. The people are friendly (though they can't drive-- traffic fatalities are twice as high as in the U.S.). The air is generaly clean (except for all the smokers and non-existing non-smoking sections). I have decided that Paris and San Francisco are my two favorite cities. If only I could speak French. Perhaps I will study, so I can come back. What is it that I like about Paris? I was told the people were rude, but I've only met one rude Frenchman, everyone else was helpful and friendly. (I was also told that everyone in Paris speaks English. This is also not true-- I found about the same number of English speakers in the countryside as in the City, and that was not very many.) I really enjoy the breakfast of crossiants with butter and jam; enjoy the 2 hour lunches and 3 hour dinners. I enjoy the wine and the wonderful meals. The metro/subway system works very well, and is cheap. But the food is my favorite. Delicious!

Mon Oct 1

Back in Paris again, this time alone. I decided to visit two places today that I had not been able to last week: the Musee de Cluny and the Arch de Triumph.

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Did my laundry when I got back back to my hotel, and then mailed several more postcards, checked my email, and worked on my journal until dinner time.

"A Typical Meal In Paris"

I ambled into the resturant that Dan and Erin had named their favorite. It has become mine too. I was immediately greeted by our favorite waitress who noted I was all alone. Then paused, remembering, and asked if Dan and Erin had made it safely back to California. I picked a table in a corner, and reviewed the menu. Shortly I ordered (in my best broken French) from the "Menu de Jour". The process works like this. A "menu" is not an a'la carte listing like Americans are used to. Rather a "menu" is the day's recommended meal, at a set price. Usually, there are a couple of choices, like soup or salad, or alternative main dishes. I ordered the 'salade Monterella' with an herb-seasoned pasta dish (which I can't remember how to spell). This particular menu costs about 75 FF (or roughly $10). To this I added a beverage. Not a bad deal at all, if you ask me. Tonight I ordered 'Cidre Pressument' (hard Apple cider) which they serve draft style. Their house wine (vin) is quite good, and might have gone better with my pasta, but oh well, I felt like draft cider tonight. What can I say? I'll have the wine tomorrow night. Having now finished my salad, and half my cider, my main course arrived. A delicious pasta dish, containing narrow egg noodles, a creamy sauce and a delightful mixture of herbs and spices. Ah very, very tasty. Now, do I have room for desert? Or perhaps coffee (cafe')?, this she will ask when she returns to my table. Hummm. Tough choice. I finished my cider in quite contemplation. I think I'll have the desert tonight: chocolate fondant. Think: melt in your mouth hot soft brownie pie in a pool of cream sauce. Magnificant! I'll not want to go home, with all this good eating!

One of the nice things about resturants in France is the unhurried pace-- you are expected to take your time, unrushed. None of that American hurry up and bring me my food, and then hurry up and leave so they can sell another meal. Ah, the relaxing pace of life. Couple that with the manadory 30 hour work week for hourly employees, and the 6 weeks vacation for saleried employees, now that's the life.

I read recently that Americans work more hours per year than ANY other industrized country! I think its time to take some time off. Oh, guess I forget that I'm on vacation...

More articles about France:
 A Flight to France
 Normandy, Brittney and the Loire Valley
 First Day in Paris
 Walking Tours of Paris

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