First Few Days of 2019 TRIP


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September 18th 2019
Published: September 18th 2019
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OMG! What a hassle!!! What a learning curve to be on the road again, for three months, with a car! And learning to use this site!

RENTAL CAR: Thank goodness, Bill knows how to drive a stick shift...so do I, but he is the only authorized driver. We managed to circle the airport only twice before we understood the wonderfully, courteous voice on the GPS which says, Please turn right, Please turn left...Somehow, we didn’t understand the A/C...whether on or off, it spewed HOT AIR...eventually we contacted SIXT (rental company) and the problem seems to have been operator error.

Organization: historically, we try to pack minimally. However, this trip is three months and we anticipate some cold weather, meaning we packed more than normal, but still within our two bags plus one. But, we were not prepared for HOT Weather...so wearing same tops every day...initially...looking for “thrift” stores to supplement. Also, it is very easy to expand into boxes and more bags when traveling by car. Which we are doing. Which means, I cannot find what I am looking for.

Devices: Learning curve re: new phone, MacBook Air, old (reliable) mini Pad, too many passwords...synching photos, receiving emails, etc.

Paris: Wonderful, as always. The weather was perfect...only downside was a subway strike on Friday: it wasn’t a complete strike, just a partial strike...meaning that we did walk FOUR miles in the morning to meet our South Carolina friends, Dick & Karen Barnola in time for lunch near Notre Dame...we did enjoy good food, good wine, and most of all, good company, before going our separate ways. Fortunately, a limited number of trains were running late afternoon and we rode home easily.

When the children of our Paris hosts heard that Bill was planning to cook dinner, they made appearances...He made pesto and eggplant Parmesan; both were HITS!


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