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  1. Bill Shory
    June 28, 2023 @ 3:48 am

    So glad we were part of the journey – twice. Thank you for sharing your Paris with us. We love you both.

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  2. Sue Oerman
    June 28, 2023 @ 3:55 am

    May your next journey be as rewarding as what you have done for us but letting us be a part of your life.

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  3. Ellyn
    June 28, 2023 @ 8:39 am

    Thank you for a lovely two months set in “MY” Paris. After having been a student there and then living and working there for years, I had planned on going back yeaRLY. But life gets in the way, and while I do go back it is not as often as I wish! Much to my regret, I didnt buy an apt there years ago! Big mistake.. I had to laugh at some of your comments, I live in NYC, and while Paris is not NY, some of the problems are the same, People on bikes do not obey traffic laws in NYC either they are supposed to. but .. Bicycles are an enormous nuisance. people here do wear helmets however, Big fines if you dont!
    Anyway, have a good year and I hope to read your blog again next summer.

    Merci mille fois, et bon retour à la maison!

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  4. Ellyn
    June 28, 2023 @ 8:41 am

    would you also give me the nane of your book…Thanks

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    • lspalla
      June 28, 2023 @ 8:55 am

      Bernie’s Paris is the name of my book, and it’s on Amazon. Thanks for being such a faithful reader. Have a great rest of the summer!

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  5. Talitha Culver
    June 28, 2023 @ 9:25 am

    Thank you, thank you for sharing another visit to Paris with you and Bernie. Your writing is second best to being there, and the pictures, exquisite! I’m not sure I will ever return to that beautiful city but sharing your stories removes some of the sting of that possibility. Travel home safely! Au revoir!

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    • lspalla
      June 28, 2023 @ 10:59 am

      Merci for your kind words!

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  6. Chris Parton
    June 28, 2023 @ 9:56 am

    The pictures in the post tell a wonderful story! Safe travels home! Love you both

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    • lspalla
      June 28, 2023 @ 10:58 am

      Thanks, Son. Miss you guys and hope to see you before the summer is over. Enjoy the beach!

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  7. Beth Thames
    June 28, 2023 @ 9:58 am

    I’ve enjoyed your posts more than ever this time and hope you and Bernie go back one more time, at least.
    This post sums up what Americans need to know on their visits there. Thanks for all these tips and happy travels home!

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    • lspalla
      June 28, 2023 @ 10:58 am

      Thank you, Beth. Lunch soon!

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  8. Judy McPeak
    June 28, 2023 @ 10:24 am

    Bon jour! I look forward every year to your blog and your insights on Paris and snapshots of your stay. My husband and I love Paris and have been lucky enough to enjoy four vacations there always in December. We have plans to go again in late November! I tell friends maybe someday I will see Paris with leaves on the trees. Regardless of when you visit, Paris has its own rhythm and abundant charm!

    You and Bernie have embodied joie de vivre on each of your trips, so my favorite theme photo is that of you and Bernie on the metro!

    Merci and bon voyage!

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    • lspalla
      June 28, 2023 @ 10:57 am

      Merci beaucoup! Enjoy your December trip!

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  9. Cindi Ludwig
    June 28, 2023 @ 10:58 am

    All good things must come to an end. My hope for you and Bernie is that while this year’s trip is coming to and end, perhaps you both have one more trip to Paris in you. Perhaps a slower paced, less hurried trip could work. I suppose time will tell. Thank you for letting us follow along this trip. It has been most enjoyable! Look forward to seeing you both soon.

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    • lspalla
      June 28, 2023 @ 11:53 am

      Yes, lunch soon.

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  10. Mary Morton
    June 28, 2023 @ 11:11 am

    Yes, I have enjoyed reading and seeing of your Paris adventures. Thank you. Looking forward to seeing you back in Huntsville.

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  11. Monica & Marlyn
    June 28, 2023 @ 11:28 am

    This beautiful posting brought tears. How dare our bodies get old? But the memories, stories and photos will stay young forever. Thanks for share and love to you both.

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    • lspalla
      June 28, 2023 @ 11:52 am

      Much love back!

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  12. Debbie Joyner
    June 28, 2023 @ 11:47 am

    Beautifully written – as always!!

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    • lspalla
      June 28, 2023 @ 11:52 am

      Merci!

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  13. Malcolm Alexander
    June 28, 2023 @ 11:54 am

    Lovely words and also very wise words for the travellers amongst us. We do very much hope to see you both again in Paris in 2024, otherwise we will have to jump on a plane ourselves!

    With love to you both,

    Malcolm and Antonia X

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    • lspalla
      June 28, 2023 @ 2:35 pm

      Please do come to Huntsville! Plenty of space to give you lodging and some good restaurants. Not exactly Paris but what could compare?

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  14. Katie McCool
    June 28, 2023 @ 11:57 am

    Thank you again for your wonderful posts. It makes my heart full of Paris Love to read your blogs each day. May your trip home be safe and healthy and may you definitely get back to Paris to see Notre Dame completed!

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  15. Charles Gattis
    June 28, 2023 @ 12:11 pm

    Beautiful ending for a wonderful series of blogs. Thanks for sharing it all.

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  16. Sharon Tyson
    June 28, 2023 @ 12:26 pm

    I too, along with many others have enjoyed your blogs. We have been blessed beyond words to be able to have visited you and Bernie twice, What wonderful memories we have of those trips. Thanks so much for sharing 20 years with all of us, it has been a joy to “travel” with you!! Safe travels home and I do hope that there is one more trip in you to see Notre Dame finished and beautiful again in all her splendor.

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  17. Fred Mayer
    June 28, 2023 @ 12:39 pm

    This is probably not original but as Bob Hope used to say; “Thanks For The Memories”. I shall miss following your experiences along with my morning joe.

    But, we can surely keep in touch with email along with Marlyn and Monica.

    Fred & Beverly

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  18. Bonnie
    June 28, 2023 @ 12:59 pm

    Hello Linda and Bernie,
    What a wonderful time I’ve had in Paris traveling with you, your friends and family. You have kept up quite a pace. One, I think I couldn’t have done, day after day. You have given us so much to enjoy, even when you weren’t so joyful yourself. Thanks you Linda, I’ll miss these posts. I do hope there is a way for you and Bernie to return again. Adjusting to a slower pace could help. I know the feeling of “is this the last time I’ll do this?” Keep hope alive.
    Best wishes as you return to Huntsville. I’m sure you lead as active a life there as you do in Paris. In October, if all goes right, I’ll have a glass of wine or a lunch at some of the places you’ve highlighted this visit.
    À Bientôt
    Bonnie

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  19. Lea
    June 28, 2023 @ 1:01 pm

    Much love & thank you for giving me a glimpse of this wonderful city!

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  20. Thad Mauldin
    June 28, 2023 @ 1:05 pm

    thanks for the blogs. They always bring back many memories. Safe travels home.
    ❤❤

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  21. Pat
    June 28, 2023 @ 1:29 pm

    Two thumbs up! One from Sybil and the other from me. Well done, L. Thank you.

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  22. Nancy Colin
    June 28, 2023 @ 1:51 pm

    You have also made wonderful memories for all of us! Loved your travel tips. All were excellent. I am grateful that these years have been blessed for you two. What marvelous surprises life brings!
    Nancy

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  23. Sophia B
    June 28, 2023 @ 2:00 pm

    Thank you so much for taking us along on your journey. I have loved all the photos and shall miss reading of your adventures. Best to you and Bernie.

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  24. Ann
    June 28, 2023 @ 2:12 pm

    Oh Linda and Bernie, I do not have the words to express how much I have thoroughly enjoyed your blogs every morning with my coffee! To have those moments living vicariously through you in beautiful Paris have been wonderful. And I have reminisced and also learned so much.
    Your summary and tips today are appreciated, although I do not think I will be returning due to aging and health issues. I hope they encourage our friends on here to travel there. Paris is my #1 favorite city.
    Loved meeting your family and friends and all the great pictures of your experiences and adventures together!
    Safe travels home. I wish you the best. Thank you, thank you!!
    Ann Wiles

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  25. carla bossard
    June 28, 2023 @ 2:12 pm

    Linda, it has been my joy and privilege to follow along. Merci mille fois, Carla

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  26. Terry Lewis
    June 28, 2023 @ 2:21 pm

    Outstanding summary, and we have seen so much of it, too!! Love to you both, and safe travels!

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  27. Aline
    June 28, 2023 @ 3:49 pm

    This is only my 2nd year reading your blog and I have enjoyed learning about Paris through your words and pictures.
    Thank you for your memories. It is a trip I I hope to take one year.

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  28. Peggy
    June 28, 2023 @ 4:58 pm

    Never Say Never! Perhaps your next visit to Paris will call for slowing down, reading in a parc, and napping through a hot afternoon. Maybe tell visitors to just find their own way around while you have that glass of wine and take that nap. I do hope this isn’t the end of those small pleasures, but if it is, you will have twenty years of memories to warm your heart. I’ve enjoyed Paris vicariously through your blog. We will just have to sit down and reminisce together.

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  29. Carol Bell
    June 28, 2023 @ 5:27 pm

    I think I’m ALMOST as sad as the two of you each year when your joyful time in Paris ends. How I love reading daily your poetic writing and seeing photos of family and friends enjoying each day with you! Never say goodbye forever, my friend, to the city your love so dearly. I predict you will find a way to enjoy it again and again! Hope to see you and Bernie here for dinner one day soon!

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  30. Martin Barros
    June 28, 2023 @ 5:47 pm

    Thank You Linda and Bernie for sharing your love for Paris with all of us. I wish I could better express myself because Thank You isn’t enough when it comes to all the places you have taken us and make each one of us part of this lovely adventure that started 20 years ago with a two week all expenses paid. Who would think you would be publishing a book and having so many traveling friends. May Bernie’s wish come true and we may read your blogs “One more time” in 2024. Safe travels.

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  31. Antonia Konzotis
    June 28, 2023 @ 6:27 pm

    Dear Linda and Bernie, we will be so sorry not to meet up with you in Paris! That makes me very sad. Have a good and safe trip back. Take good care of your health on your return and let’s stay in touch.
    Our love to you both,
    Antonia and Malcolm xx

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  32. Claudia Conn
    June 28, 2023 @ 6:46 pm

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful experiences. Safe journey home.

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  33. Jemalee Adams
    June 28, 2023 @ 8:20 pm

    Linda and Bernie
    What joy I have had seeing Paris with you through your pictures, your wonderful adventurous spirits, your hearts and your love for Paris and each other.
    Priceless!
    Jemalee

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  34. Judy Gattis
    June 28, 2023 @ 10:07 pm

    Never has the statement All good things must come to an end been so pertinent, and relatable. Tho we have both never felt better, we truly slow down by the end of the day, even just doing virtually nothing around town, compared to your Energizer Bunny ventures. Yes, it’s age and we all must succumb, whether we want or not. I have been amazed over the last couple months how you have kept going. But oh the memories you will always have, and how thrilled we were to have shared visits over there with you. May the angels guide you safely home for a LOT of R and R. Love you both. Hope to get together soon.

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  35. Susan Fureigh
    June 29, 2023 @ 4:01 am

    Oh Linda!
    I don’t have adequate words for the joy I have experienced through your eyes.
    I pray that this won’t be your last Spring in Paris. I pray your and Bernie’s health will allow.
    God bless you two with safe travels home, and in all that you do in the beautiful life you share together!♥️♥️

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  36. Natalie
    June 29, 2023 @ 7:29 am

    The “magic of Paris” does seem to smooth the rough edges; I like that. You have such a way with words. I’m eager to have time to pop back and read about June…things have been wild here since I returned. I am beyond grateful for the opportunity-multiple times- to share life w y’all in Paris. I am forever changed, truly. (I was also thinking back to how the blog started…emails only. Once or twice we would schedule a phone call. Now we can communicate effortlessly aside of the time diff). I esp enjoyed your early years of “learning the ropes” of Paris- quite entertaining! This is definitely a legacy that I will always have to reflect back on. Maybe you’ll work it out to make a quick pop-over to see Notre Dam completed. Your encore trip! I’m amazed at your twenty years, your stamina, your perseverance, Bernie’s patience, your love for each other, your ability to age gracefully even though slammed with new challenges. I will probably think of you in a Paris-fashioned Heaven, on that quaint back street of Montmartre, when a call, FaceTime. email, marco or text can no longer reach you. Wish we could stay young forever. Thank you for furthering my thirst for travel, Mom and Bernie. Love y’all!!

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    • lspalla
      June 29, 2023 @ 8:57 am

      Natalie, this is beautiful and worth a million dollars to me. Love you so much!!!
      Mom

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  37. lspalla
    June 29, 2023 @ 1:13 pm

    I hope this works as I’ve never tried to leave a comment on my page…ha! To all of you, thanks for these beautiful responses to my final blog. I haven’t had time to respond to each of them individually. We are packed and will be off Friday morning at 7:30 in a taxi to Orly. Merci beaucoup!!

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  38. Betsy Cobb
    June 29, 2023 @ 3:20 pm

    I will so miss seeing Paris through your eyes each year! What a treat! Wonderful for yall and all your friends and family to have this ‘experience’ to share. Thank You!!! Betsy

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  39. Dorcas Gharris
    June 29, 2023 @ 5:15 pm

    Dear Linda,
    What a lovely, and moving tribute to Paris, to your friends and audience, and to your love affair with Bernie.

    Thank you so much for all of the time and effort you have expended writing your delightful Paris blog and sharing priceless photos each trip. I don’t think I have missed a single one in all these years!

    Wishing you safe travels home. We hope to see you soon.

    Gratefully,
    Dorcas

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  40. Amy
    June 29, 2023 @ 10:45 pm

    U have often told me that
    Paris (and,I suppose,all of Europe) isn’t for the differently-abled.Ur blog has been a godsend for me!

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    • lspalla
      June 30, 2023 @ 2:40 am

      I am thrilled to hear you say that, Amy. Warms my heart. Love you!!

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  41. Betsy Cobb
    June 30, 2023 @ 2:47 pm

    I love the ability to travel through your blog. Thank you! I hope it stays up a few weeks more as I would like to go back and review some of the pix and your writing…. Just to enjoy again.

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    • lspalla
      July 1, 2023 @ 9:16 am

      Betsy, it should be a permanent archive. Go to blog in the menu on the home page and there should be numbered pages at the bottom. I pay for this storage so hopefully it will be there. Merci, my friend.

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