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Trip Report We'll Always Have Holiday in Paris....A Continuing Journal

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Ileft New York on the 19th to spend the holiday in an home exchange which is in the 19th eme.

Refreshingly, my flight was uneventful (which makes flying a lot more fun), However, as I was checking in there was a young collegiate type who was arguing with that he should be permitted to carry on a baseball bat. It was, I assume, an awesome piece of oak, brand new with large fresh Louisville Slugger stamped on it. However, it could be a weapon...remember 9 11 was succesful since they used box cutters.


I left before not knowing what the outcome was. Later, I saw him at a Panini bar with the baseball bat in a long white box, which could have been easilly opened and used. And me who is searched everytime I go through security!

Air France runs an efficient airline, the stewardess (I know,I know) are efficient with a no nonsense attitude. One was chastising a young man who had his feet on the bulkhead. Chastising is too mild, she was yelling at him as my mother and all mothers have done. He did so smartly with head hung low.

The video films worked, but there were not schedules posted as to when the films started, most of which were French with Engllish sub titles and one with French titles, it was "The Princess Diary 2" which I happily missed.

I got to my home exchange easily albeit some trouble with the address. The building looks like a workers project homes, but the apartment itself is, indeed, charming. I will get to the couple shortly but the apartment attracted me by the fact that every space was covered with books, mostly theatrical books (of course all in French) I diid not think so few could read so much in such a short time, since they are in late 30's.

The front room was pepppered with huge plants giving it a rain forest look and fittingly,a display of Arican sculpture and there were roughly a hundred photographs of their young child who, by the way, is really adorable.

Olivia is rather slight, speaks English fluently (her mother is English) and is very efficient but looks tired, the reason I found out quickly is thatthey have a one year old daughter named Lou and the reason for all the photos. Their bedroom is Lou's as well and she sleeps there which makes for difficultlities. They plan to work it out by letting her sleep in a separate room in my apartment.(They have only one bedroom a reason why my daughter could not join me)

I am happy to lend my space to help them. I had the same trouble with my daughter and....

Her husband is Jean Pierre, completly bald, very wired, and speaks little English and is delightful .Both Olivia and Jean work as actors but we did not get a chance to talk shop, just discussions about when the trash is taken out, etc.

We were visited by Olivia's mother and stepfather, french who, also, spoke no English. He was also bald and had a white mustache and we could be brothers. We three bald men were trying to make contact with each other and it ended up looking like a Bobbing Baldie Dolls doing mime.

Pierre also likes knives, he had two drawers filled with every type of knife a chef would relish , one could filet a shark with what his arsenal of blades,

The 19th is supposed to be dangerous and I believe that is why he has a starter's pistol next to the bed.

Paul has also put together model ships which he has pasted on the walls of the toilet which is in a small closet.

One huge clipper with three sails was sitting on the back of the toilet as if floating on a porcelain sea. First time I used the facilities, I knocked it over and broke one sail. I will tell him right before I leave, no need to worry him. He knows how to use those knives and I hid his starter pistol.

More next time.


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