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MaiTaiTom's Paris When It Sizzles; Paris When It Fizzles Anniversary Trip

MaiTaiTom's Paris When It Sizzles; Paris When It Fizzles Anniversary Trip

Old Mar 7th, 2015, 10:21 AM
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While Tom was agonizing, I went to see Idiot! which lasted 4 hours and which was one of the most amazing performances that I have ever seen of material based of Dostoyevsky. This little video shows what was happening on stage before the play even began and then some of the cleanup during the intermission. But some of the actors were also running around naked on the Place du Châtelet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tDEpQ1H4mo
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Old Mar 7th, 2015, 10:35 AM
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Tom: Another stellar chapter - with super great photos. (I now want to see the interiors of all those buildings that I have been passing by on previous trips.)
But you are really keeping us in suspense. Those of us who went thru the horrors of your 2010 experience are waiting with bated breath. (or is it "baited?")
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Old Mar 7th, 2015, 11:18 AM
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It is bated until it abates.
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Old Mar 7th, 2015, 11:34 AM
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interesting clip, kerouac. i read the book many moons ago but remember little of it.

i can believe that it was one of the most amazing performances of material based on Dostoyevski but what about compared to performances in general? [assuming that the two groups are not the same!]
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Old Mar 7th, 2015, 01:18 PM
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"Those of us who went thru the horrors of your 2010 experience…"

nothing relatively close to that thankfully, although my breath might have smelled like bait at one time during this.

kerouac, Did this version of "Idiot" have anything to do with putting wrong petrol in a car or use your wife as a sherpa? Now, that's a play!

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Old Mar 7th, 2015, 01:33 PM
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So sorry to hear that you got so sick during your great trip, but I'm with socialworker -- you do more at half-speed than we would be able to do at full speed! Truly, you are a trooper.

After 105 days in the hospital and your life hanging in a balance, I can only imagine that this episode was more than a little scary-making while on vacation. Did that doctor, with his escalating costs, miss something he should've caught? I can't get over how the price increased from moment to moment!

Glad to know that you're okay!
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Old Mar 7th, 2015, 08:43 PM
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In 1965 I saw the New York City Ballet perform at the Paris Opera. I seem to remember the Chagall ceiling being controversial, but I loved it. The ballet was wonderful until the end when the ballerinas came out in red, white, and blue costumes with stars and danced to Stars and Stripes Forever, or some such composition, and the audience booed.
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Old Mar 7th, 2015, 09:28 PM
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For people who don't need a housecall, a visit to the doctors costs 23€. I would recommened just going to the nearest centre médical which does not require an appointment to see a GP. A lot of them are already open at 7:30am because they cater to working people... sick working people who still have to go to work!
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Old Mar 8th, 2015, 07:20 AM
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I should have emailed you.

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Old Mar 8th, 2015, 07:30 AM
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"Did that doctor, with his escalating costs, miss something he should've caught?"

Sorry, didn't see that. No, it had nothing to do with the doctor. I assume he thought I'd be a good patient and stay in bed a few days.

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Old Mar 8th, 2015, 08:39 AM
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I just realized a metal box I keep stuff in originally contained prunes. All the info on the box in is French (which I don't read) but they were preserved in liquor and stuffed with some type of nut. They were verrry good. I kept the box to remind me to look for more if I returned to France. Did you taste "your" prunes? Any chance they were the same thing.
(If so, I'd have asked for a doggy bag -
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Old Mar 8th, 2015, 10:14 AM
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I should have emailed you.

Please do so next time. You know which site you can contact me on.
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Old Mar 9th, 2015, 10:31 AM
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Hmmm. Eating at Camille's - perhaps that was prescient

Opera Garnier - what a WOW factor that place has. One Paris visit found DH and I at a production of La Clemenza di Tito and we sat up in the nosebleed section. First row in that upper balcony where you do not get your own seatback, just one long bench back. But, for all of its discomfort, we were right under that wonderful ceiling. A beautiful experience followed by late supper at Cafe de la Paix. A fantastic Beaux Arts night in Paris! Whenever we see a Chagall or attend a Mozart opera, we're right back under that ceiling...what a memorable night!
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Old Mar 9th, 2015, 10:33 AM
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In case you are afraid that you missed anything in the Parc de la Villette and along the Bassin de la Villette, I can fill in a few of the gaps: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWZlsY9FkOU
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Tom, I loved reading about our meeting at Vin et Whiskey and hope we can meet up again someday in a fun location (when you are feeling tip top!) Hello to Tracy!

P.S. I recently read your report about Croatia. We will be heading there next September. I hope your next trip is more enjoyable.
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Old Mar 9th, 2015, 12:11 PM
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Hi KT, Definitely have to meet up again. I probably should have gone with the Whiskey that night

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Have been following along, very much enjoying your writing style and sense of humour.

Such a shame about getting ill on your holiday, as we say here in Australia, bugger! I was looking forward to hearing about your Viatour tour to Fontainebleau and Vaux de Vicomte. Guess I will just have to go and see for myself. Will be having my birthday in Paris in July, I think that will be my gift to myself.

I hope you have recovered and are onto planning your next trip.
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Had we had any idea of what was ahead for you, I think more potent potables would have been consumed!
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Old Mar 11th, 2015, 08:43 AM
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As someone above said, maitaitom, you do more sick than a lot of us do when we're feeling well! It's downright inspirational.

Reading your report, I wish we could change our trip to September to be there during the Heritage Days. I'll have to plan around those days next time (hopefully 2017).

We tried to see the Opera Garnier on our trip in 2012 but it was closed to tours. We'll have 5 days to get in there this year so better odds. Your pictures are truly spectacular.

Waiting for the next chapters...
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Old Mar 11th, 2015, 12:25 PM
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I will just drop in as the jester to try to entertain you a tiny bit while Maitaitom prepares the next instalment of his tale.

So here is an example of how people walk around Paris when they are not horribly ill: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vD45hTtpwT4
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