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Tennessee Trio of Terror in Paris: Part III - the return of Heather and her mom!

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Sunday March 20: The return of Heather and Raynell: Let the whining begin.

Turns out Heather and her mom got in at 1 in the morning because their train was delayed for 6 hours in Milan. Although they left us in Rome on the previous Wednesday and it is now Sunday, they only spent one day in Pompeii and one in Venice. The rest of the time they were on the train! Here's a recap of their special journey: "Everyone in Italy wants you to pay them if they help you", "We love Pompeii but Venice is just for tourists" (I'm sure that endeared them to the locals) and my personal favorite "we couldn't find anything to eat on the trains". Heather spent most of her time buying underwear in hopes of rekindling a romance with her high school boyfriend that she hadn't seen in 12 years. And I thought I lived in a fantasy world.

We all ate breakfast together – Raynell: "You just can't get butter anywhere in Europe" and "I want to spend the day walking down the Shomps" (I swear this is true). Heather wanted to shop and we didn't have the heart to tell them most of the shops were closed on Sunday.

Today was the day the Trip Nazi decided we would see every museum in Paris but a well-placed half-nelson on my part narrowed it down to 3. First we went to Musee Marmatton in the 16th for Monet and the best collection of illuminated manuscripts I've ever seen. Amy and I actually bonded over that one (I told you the Stockholm Syndrome was in full swing by now. If only she would stop trying to make me drink this special Kool-Aid she had prepared). We had to walk through a little park to get there and there was a lovely French family breakfasting in the park on McDonald's!!!! The museum was great and the paintings were wonderful. They even have Monet's palette and eye glasses.

Next stop: Musee Maillot because Saundra wants to see the special Gustave Klimt exhibit. Now recall that I am still doped up on cold meds so I didn't realize that it was an exhibit of his erotic drawings until I got there and saw the signs warning about taking younger children in to the rooms. The last time I saw that many private parts was in the 70's in a consciousness raising group centered around "Our Bodies, Ourselves". You old gals know what I mean – think hand mirrors. We had to use the jaws of life to get Saundra out of there.

We stopped at a café along Blvd. St. Germain for a quick lunch where we ended up seeing the only person we know in Paris, Deborah from our cooking class. She tried to pretend she didn't see us but we caused enough of a commotion that she had to stop. She's really a very nice attorney from San Francisco on sabbatical in Paris for 8 months. You can be sure she doesn't work for Legal Aid. When we met her in the class she informed us she had just recently had a full face lift. Gee Deborah, I thought everyone's ears met in the back.

On to our last stop, Musee Carnavalet which is really wonderful and free except for the special exhibit. The garden is absolutely lovely. After this I'm dead so I head back to the hotel for another drug fest and Amy and Saundra enjoy a romantic mother-daughter evening boat trip on the Vedettes de Pont Neuf.

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