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Bill Kover's Blog – June 2008 Archive (5)

Remembering Paris

This morning while setting up for breakfast, Eleanor played one of the Edith Piaf songs we used to listen to every day in our Paris apartment. All the sweet memories started flowing back. I miss Paris. I miss the shops around the corner on rue Montorgueil. I miss Madame Latifa and Houcine. I miss Larry and Claudia. I miss seeing all those cute dogs that even the homeless keep for company. I miss the food. I miss speaking French. I'm starting to forget already. We have to continue to practice… Continue

Added by Bill Kover on June 29, 2008 at 7:14am — No Comments

Packing batteries

I had a question put to me by JoAnne regarding batteries on planes. This is an important subject, so I am posting her question and my answer here:

On June 27, 2008 at 2:08 AM, JoAnne wrote:

>I'm now packing for my trip to Florence and Paris,

>and I have a question for you. Can I take along

>extra batteries for my camera and MP3 player? I

>thought I read somewhere that you couldn't bring

>batteries on the plane.

My answer to… Continue

Added by Bill Kover on June 27, 2008 at 6:00am — 7 Comments

The Manoir at Notre Dame de la Mer

One the advantages of attending the Paris Untours orientation is that the tips and advice you get from Joanna Touren-Center and Jane DeGeorge can lead to some absolute gems. This was one of them: Manoir de Notre-Dame located in the village of Notre-Dame de la Mer. When we suggested the possibilty of our staying overnight in the Giverny area, Joanna referred us to this Bed & Breakfast. Their website is as follows: http://manoirdenotredame.com/. The bed & breakfast is run by Hélène and… Continue

Added by Bill Kover on June 16, 2008 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

I took it for granted!

Several times between the dates April 22 and May 21, 2008, I would sit down and look around me. I would have to concentrate and tell myself "This is real! You're not dreaming! You're really in Paris, France! Don't take it for granted! Don't take it for granted!" For 35 years I dreamed of returning to Paris. For the last year and a half I imagined being there. Now I am finally there. It's so easy to take it for granted. Every morning you go out the front door and walk down rue Marie Stuart. It's… Continue

Added by Bill Kover on June 11, 2008 at 9:03pm — No Comments

Making some friends along the way

Whenever Eleanor is in the vicinity, we are bound to make some new friends along the way. I just smile and say "I'm with her!" Her smile and lack of shyness seems to work every time. All I have to do is follow orders when she says "Take a photograph!" So here are samples of the "Eleanor effect" :

Photo #1 Hassan at Altitude 95 Restaurant, Eiffel Tower

Photo #2 Paul & Rachael at The Frog Pub on rue St. Denis

Photo #3 Diana from Sussex, England and Winifred from Kent,… Continue

Added by Bill Kover on June 8, 2008 at 2:30pm — 7 Comments

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