$60 Trip to Paris

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How to share the journey? How to linger in the images? Bask in the afterglow?

Keeping a journal on trips is a longstanding habit and ritual. The oldest one in my collection dates from sometime in the 1960s (when I get home from my current teaching gig in Kingsville, I'll post a sample page), and  I filled another nice fat book on this three week-plus trip to Italy. And I came home with more than 600 photos on my digital camera. My plan is to share -- over the next month -- the inspirations, the landscapes, the  flavors and vistas both from my journal and from my photo files. And, please note, this online journaling is at its heart a way for me to keep the journey going a little bit longer.

Jumping into work the day after a grueling return trip (bad layover to begin with, delayed by 4 hours because of Midwest thunderstorms, lost luggage) I am still trying to catch my breath. This dream of a lifetime trip almost seems to have evaporated overnight. So, indulge me as I return via picture, day by day, room by room, train ticket by train ticket.

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Of course, I'll weave in the present tense, too. I'm certain that June at home will have its own savory moments. But perhaps not so savory as the $60 trip to Paris. The enroute trans-Atlantic leg was also delayed by thunderstorms. We ended up with vouchers for hotel meals and little cubicals in Orsee near the airport. Jumping into a cab, we took a whirlwind trip around the landmark sites of Paris, a first for Linda, and even though I had been to Paris a few decades ago, I'd never seen it this way. Sure, it cost each of the three passengers $60, but I doubt I'll get to Paris that cheaply again!

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 (P.S. I promise not to post all 600+ pictures.)