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A gift certificate, a credit slip and frequent flier miles on American Airlines, I decided to fly to Paris for a long weekend. Glad I arrived at Sky Harbor two hours before my departure for the domestic flight
to DFW - AA closes its check-in a half hour before departure, and it took me about an hour to get through check in and security.. My layover was about 5 hours at DFW, but I had a couple of books and didn’t mind the wait. Unfortunately the flight to Paris was delayed so I arrived in Paris about noon i/o 10:30am. Then the RER from the TGV was
closed because of “vandalism” so we all had to take buses to the *old* station near Terminal 9. Because I’d waited too long to get hotel reservations, I ended up at the Hotel Davout Nation in the 20eme - the hinterlands. Only one metro line and stop nearby, the hotel was being repainted so I got blue paint on my jacket, the door
to my room was still tacky, and the room itself smelled of fresh latex. The room was nice, the bed comfy, the bathroom big, the remote control missing (I think one has to ask for it at the front desk but I never thought of it until I was already upstairs in my room and wearing pajamas). Breakfast was a buffet - so-so croissants, mini pains
chocolat, baaaad orange juice, and pretty good coffee out of a machine.

Day one - arrival day (Friday) went to the Marais and the Jewish History Museum. The security is pretty intense; I had to check *every* bag, so they gave me a plastic bag to carry my wallet. The museum is really
fascinating - you get an audio player to tell you what’s what - and contains not only history of the Jews in France but throughout
Europe. Old bibles and Torahs and menorrahs ...plus a description of the various religious observances like Purim. It’s a great way for non-Jews to learn about the people and religion. There was a special
exhibit of Chagall and his works in stained glass. Very cool to see his sketches and then the realization in stained glass. The whole weekend it rained off and on, but I went paradin’ around the Marais - and found the shop I lost. It’s at 20, Place des Vosges - a store dedicated to writing - papers, journals, desk accessories, pens, cards, you name it. Each book I bought was carefully wrapped in pale blue paper - it reminds me of old fashioned writing paper. Decided to eat on l’Ile St Louis for no particular reason, and found a wonderful
creperie le Sarrasin at 84, rue St Louis en Isle. Very small, no smoking dining room, so after dinner the waitress moved me to the bar so I could smoke. I spent 31 euros, but I ate too much, had a full picher of wine and two coffees. *TWO* people could have eaten on what I did.

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