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  1. Cindi Ludwig
    July 24, 2022 @ 11:11 am

    I hope you continue to find special sites, shops, and cafes as you explore your new neighborhood.


  2. Monica & Marlyn
    July 24, 2022 @ 11:26 am

    You are wise to look for the lesson(s) to be learned in having to adjust to a new location. It’s what keeps you both young, obviously– that spirit of adventure and seeking. Glad Bernie is better!


  3. Charles Gattis
    July 24, 2022 @ 11:35 am

    Bernie looks better. Glad he has recovered.


  4. Melanie Holloway
    July 24, 2022 @ 12:19 pm

    I am enjoying all the pictures. Hope Bernie is feeling better.


  5. Jennifer Lapidus
    July 24, 2022 @ 12:21 pm

    I was curious about the area where you are staying and discovered one of the earlier Daguerreotypes (invented 1837) was taken in 1838 by Louis Daguerre and it is thus believed to be the earliest surviving photograph showing a person. (A man stopped to have his shoes shined, and by remaining still, he (though not his head) unwittingly became captured on the plate, while all the other traffic rushing through the street vanished from the image due to the long time of exposure. The exposure of the famous shot was 4 to 5 minutes. Perhaps you and Bernie can find where this historical photo was taken! The location where Louis took the “photograph” is at the south side of Rue Léon Jouhaux just off the north corner of Place de la République. If either of you enjoy photography, it might be a fun adventure for you.


    • lspalla
      July 24, 2022 @ 6:37 pm

      We may have already seen this on rue Daguerre last year but I will check it out. We’re not far away.


  6. Natalie
    July 24, 2022 @ 2:10 pm

    I definitely noticed that Paris was much more crowded and dirty this year. The rain (lack there of) certainly had to be a factor for some of the dirtiness. My first visit was in August when many of the Parisians were on holiday and the second visit was at the tail end of all of the Covid stuff.

    That abandoned pathway is sad; I hope they get all of that graffiti off.

    I’m confused by the café chairs. They seem awfully expensive so where have they gone? Why would we not be seeing the same ones from years before? Do they have to be replaced that often?

    I thought part of your new neighborhood was nice but much of my delight in coming to Paris is returning to the familiarity of your usual stomping grounds. I’m sad for you in that regard. I still think it would be worth trying to relocate back. Only a day or two hassle for weeks of joy.

    Lisa and I wish we could be there again with you!!


    • lspalla
      July 24, 2022 @ 6:36 pm

      Very sweet comments. I don’t understand about the cafe chairs either. Saw some pretty ones today. I suppose if a shop owner was in financial difficulty, he might sell his block of chairs to someone else and use much cheaper ones. They do take a beating, however, stacked every night and brought inside and then placed outside again the next morning.


  7. Peggy B
    July 24, 2022 @ 5:25 pm

    Given time, you will come to feel at home in your new area. Glad the weather is better and that Bernie feels better! Looking forward to our time there.


    • lspalla
      July 24, 2022 @ 6:33 pm

      And we are looking forward to spending time with you guys. I know you had to adjust to a different situation after having one that you loved on Ile St. Louis.


  8. Fred
    July 24, 2022 @ 7:26 pm

    Good to see Bernie has recovered … and the adventures continue. 🙂


  9. Donna Rush
    July 24, 2022 @ 7:28 pm

    I am so grateful to follow you again this year. I always look forward to your travels. This year we are especially pleased as we are still states bound this year after canceling our plans. Glad Bernie is better!


  10. Judy Gattis
    July 24, 2022 @ 8:04 pm

    In spite of how disconcerting all is right now in the new surroundings, I feel you two in your sojourns will find the good in the not so good. I agree with Natalie in hoping you may return one day to find that passageway graffiti clear.


  11. Susan Fureigh
    July 24, 2022 @ 11:27 pm

    Much admiration for the adjustments you two are taking on!
    Continued blessings and prayers that it’s your best summer yet!


  12. Christine
    July 26, 2022 @ 9:57 pm

    You haven’t said your exact location of your new apartment, but you did mention rue Amelot and the Monoprix at Replublique. If you are perhaps in the 3rd are you close to rue de Bretagne? You mentioned a lack of food shops in your area. Rue de Bretagne could be your answer if it isn’t too far of a walk for you. We stayed twice in the 3rd or “haut Marais” and rue de Bretagne was our go to place for cheese, pastry, wine, bread as well as two small grocery stores. And of course the Marche Enfants Rouge for all your fresh veg and fruit needs (there are also some food stands there as well).

    I agree with you though, the Monoprix on rue Saint-Antoine is much better than the one at Republique. IMHO. LOL.


    • lspalla
      July 27, 2022 @ 2:24 pm

      We have discovered rue de Bretagne and it will be a lifesaver!


  13. Ann Rivard
    July 27, 2022 @ 7:46 pm

    Your courtyard is lovely, at least from your dining room window. And Bernie looks content sitting in the cafe chair. I hope things get better every day with the new neighborhood.


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