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  1. Clara Borges
    June 1, 2023 @ 10:25 am

    Priceless moments I’m glad Carson got his star wars Lego well deserved for sure !!! Love your blogs linda read them every morning. Hope you write another book soon clara


  2. Natalie
    June 1, 2023 @ 10:46 am

    It’s was a neat day. One clarification…the photo with the wine and artsy ceiling wasn’t the bookstore/gift shop…just a cute shot I took in Le Galleries Lafayette 🙂 Dinner was great and the setting was awesome!!!


  3. Cynthia Ludwig
    June 1, 2023 @ 11:39 am

    The Opera House was closed when we were there so I’m thrilled to look at all your photos. It’s obvious that Natalie and Carson are enjoying their trip! Good job!


  4. Lynne Berry Vallely
    June 1, 2023 @ 11:50 am

    Sounds like a magnificent day! And you didn’t mention vertigo, so I hope you didn’t have it. Jan and I sat on practically the top row at the opera one time. We felt like we could practically touch the ceiling. Well worth it. So very glad you’re having these wonderful experiences. Best to Bernie!


  5. Peggy
    June 1, 2023 @ 11:56 am

    What a perfect day in spite of the transportation glitches. The opera looks beautiful and the chairs set up on the roof of the Galeries Lafayette to watch the French open is quite clever! I’m looking forward to another fun day tomorrow!


  6. Anne Stone
    June 1, 2023 @ 12:24 pm

    Sounds as if their visit has been filled with beauty, adventure, great weather, good food and stories to tell. Perfect.


  7. Sharon Tyson
    June 1, 2023 @ 1:10 pm

    Great pics of a very memorable day!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY NATALIE!!!!!!!!!!! What a way to celebrate!!!!


  8. Pat
    June 1, 2023 @ 1:43 pm

    You and Bernie are very good hosts, and it appears that Natalie and Carson are very good guests.


  9. Thad Mauldin
    June 1, 2023 @ 3:36 pm

    Beautiful pictures of a beautiful building. Looks like a fun day!
    Thanks Linda.


  10. Ann Rivard
    June 1, 2023 @ 3:47 pm

    Happy birthday, Natalie. I cannot imagine a better way to celebrate than this! What a beautiful trip.


  11. Christine
    June 5, 2023 @ 6:19 pm

    Loved seeing the Opera pictures. When I first went to Paris when I was 25, we went and were gob smacked at the beauty (back when you actually entered through the main doors and the gift shop was just a little kiosk that sold a few things). I did stand for quite a while on one of the staircases to the lower levels, listening listening…..but I never heard the Phantom call, even though my name IS Christine……

    I still try and visit this spot each time I come, especially when traveling with someone who has not been there yet. Even after all these years, I still quietly listen to see if I hear my name. LOL.


    • lspalla
      June 5, 2023 @ 6:34 pm

      Don’t give up! Maybe one of these days, you’ll hear the whisper of “Christine.”


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