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  1. Peggy B
    July 12, 2022 @ 4:25 am

    Ahh, the adventure of travel! But your plane seats look better than ours and that apartment is lovely! It’s all a trade-off. I hope things look rosier tomorrow.

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  2. Nikki Chenault
    July 12, 2022 @ 4:36 am

    Thank you Linda! I wish for you a cool breeze!

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  3. Claudia
    July 12, 2022 @ 4:53 am

    So sorry you had such a wild arrival. But that was yesterday and today, you have all of Paris to savor and enjoy!

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  4. Monica & Marlyn
    July 12, 2022 @ 10:48 am

    We were thinking of you! You are fearless travelers and we look forward to your 2022 adventures. The apartment looks lovely!

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  5. Talitha Culver
    July 12, 2022 @ 10:50 am

    Welcome back to Paris! I’m so sorry for your rough start but look forward to another summer of vicarious Parisan livng with you and Bernie!

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  6. Carolyn B.
    July 12, 2022 @ 10:56 am

    Oh joyful day! Energiser bunnies Linda and Bernie are back in Paris, Linda’s blogging, Bernie’s photographing and all is right with the world.

    WELL DONE you two, on what sounds an absolutely horrendous and totally UNIMPRESSIVE apartment fiasco. Seriously just POOR. You are superstars to keep your positive attitude (and your payment confirmation evidence!). GRRRRRRR. Poor last-minute notification, poor communication, poor re-location — well, hope the larger place works out (more to clean, is one thought! but maybe you’ll like the extra space). And you’ll find new places in the ‘hood and your global fans shall, as always, eagerly be awaiting all the L&B Paris discoveries and experiences.

    Not sure we’ll meet up in person this year, but you know we’ll be cheering you on from this side of the Channel.

    Stay cool mes amis, enjoy your daughter’s visit and thank you so much for your beautiful writing and photos, which always make my day. xxxx from C and C

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  7. Cindi
    July 12, 2022 @ 11:03 am

    I must say that your new apartment is beautiful! I’m happy you are settled in. We have used VRBO for 15 plus years and rarely have been disappointed, but we have never rented abroad. Can’t wait to see pictures of your dinner cruise. Hope today begins the best part of your trip!

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  8. Ann
    July 12, 2022 @ 11:40 am

    So happy you are back!
    Looking forward to my coffee with you each morning reading of your delightful Parisian experiences!

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  9. Judy Gattis
    July 12, 2022 @ 11:41 am

    Wow! No words. But what a gorgeous, spacious apartment. Hopefully with what they put you through, you’re not having to pay more. Enjoy the time with the gals.

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  10. Chris Parton
    July 12, 2022 @ 11:51 am

    Glad you arrived safely despite all the hurdles! The apartment looks very nice. As the trip unfolds that there will be a silver lining to all the headaches with the new location.

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  11. Stephen O Shipley
    July 12, 2022 @ 11:57 am

    Hahahahaha! I feel so sorry for you having to put up with those accommodations in Paris! Surely you must be tempted to just chuck it all and head back to Good ole Alabama.

    I do hope you do not experience the stifling heat so common worldwide now and want to encourage you two to take it especially easy getting through jet lag. Bernie looks pretty chipper in the pic and Linda, you look like you could take a deep breath. To further encourage you to relax, I want to reassure you that absolutely nothing has changed here since you left. Nothing.

    So c’est le temps du le quatorze juillet. Enjoy! and bon voyage.
    sos

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  12. Charles Gattis
    July 12, 2022 @ 12:09 pm

    Love the apartment, even if a little far from where you really want to be. You’re experience with VRBO has me worried as our reservation this fall in Vermont is through them. We’ll see. Hope the heat this week doesn’t set you back.

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  13. Lynne Berry Vallely
    July 12, 2022 @ 12:19 pm

    Well thatIS a nice looking bigger apartment! Great to hear from you. Onward and upward!

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  14. Anne
    July 12, 2022 @ 12:30 pm

    But you’re there. As Scarlett O’Hara said – Tomorrow is another day.
    Apt looks lovely.

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  15. Sharon Tyson
    July 12, 2022 @ 12:55 pm

    The new “digs” look lovely!!!!Am sure you will enjoy the extra space..

    Look forward to seeing you and Bernie at the end of the month

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  16. Earle Self
    July 12, 2022 @ 1:06 pm

    I agree that was a bait and switch. It looks very nice but maybe not the charm the old place has. It’s been updated. Good luck with the weather. It’s also sweltering (relatively) down in the Alps where Rachel is…

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  17. Fred
    July 12, 2022 @ 1:20 pm

    Good to see you made it once again. I had been wondering if you would be making it to Paris this year with all else going on in the world today. I look forward to the new photo theme.

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  18. Kathryn. mahoney
    July 12, 2022 @ 2:22 pm

    So glad to hear from you……what an experience , but glad it at least ended in a beautiful apt. As you know hot here also.!can’t wait to hear……Kathryn

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  19. Kathryn. mahoney
    July 12, 2022 @ 2:25 pm

    Sorry for your experience🥴🥴but glad it ended in a beautiful apt..Thanks for update…..KM

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  20. Natalie
    July 12, 2022 @ 2:29 pm

    Mom, you look rough lol. Excited to be there soon!!

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  21. Toni Hamley
    July 12, 2022 @ 2:33 pm

    I’m glad everything finally worked out on the apartment fir you two. Have an awesome time there.

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  22. PAT
    July 12, 2022 @ 2:35 pm

    The plane and the apartment look real fancy – you’re moving on up. You, not so much, but I’m sure that will improve after a little rest. The dollar is buying more Euros, is that going to help out? Have a good trip.

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  23. Ann Rivard
    July 12, 2022 @ 2:50 pm

    Bon jour! May your adventures on this first day be the only troubles you encounter. I look forward to sharing your daily life in Paris vicariously.

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  24. Betsy Cobb
    July 12, 2022 @ 3:08 pm

    Sorry to hear of delay issues, but flat does look lovely!!! On what street are you now located? And plane looks very nice too. Have a good trip once Paris cools off…..

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  25. Mary Jane
    July 12, 2022 @ 3:22 pm

    So happy y’all arrived safely albeit a bit frustrated!
    Lovely apartment 😉

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  26. Charla Owens
    July 12, 2022 @ 4:29 pm

    I hate that day one didn’t go as planned but hopefully everything goes smoothly from here on out. The new apartment looks very nice and definitely gonna check out La Compagnie the next time we fly to Paris. Looking forward to living vicariously through your blog and photos! Have a great time. Hugs, Charla and Darren

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  27. Betty Koval
    July 12, 2022 @ 5:22 pm

    Linda,
    I see you are out of the country for 10 weeks but your name was given to me by a fellow OLLI @ UAH member. I do a class in the fall at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute @ UAH called “Fireside Chat with Authors”. I try to incorporate local and not so local authors to enhance the learning experience we at OLLI strive to achieve. Would you be interested in one of the two class availabilities I have for either September 14 or 21? I see this is right at your 10 week stay in Paris. We would love to hear of your adventures and hear you speak about your books.
    Please let me know as soon as possible.

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  28. Tracy Davis
    July 12, 2022 @ 6:20 pm

    So happy you’re back in Paris for the summer! Looking forward to your daily post and pictures!

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    • lspalla
      July 13, 2022 @ 9:00 am

      Right now, they do not but just in case, we wanted all our info easily accessible.

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  29. Christine Leigh
    July 12, 2022 @ 9:05 pm

    Do the French require proof of vax/booster? I thought they had dropped the requirements.

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  30. Judy McPeak
    July 12, 2022 @ 10:59 pm

    I hope you have weathered the worst of the travel woes and that you have no more obstacles. The flat looks large and wonderful! That kitchen! I hope the distance doesn’t prove a problem. I am sure you will love exploring your new neighborhood and tell us all about it! We have reservations for two weeks at Christmas in a flat on I’le Saint Louis and are so looking forward to Christmas in Paris once again!

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  31. Jeanie Thompson
    July 12, 2022 @ 11:27 pm

    Linda and Bernard!! I’m thrilled to see you in Paris, even you had such a bumpy beginning. What a gorgeous place you are in. I so wish I was dropping in this time. And the plane looks SO MUCH BETTER than Delta One which I flew a few weeks back on a trip to a writing workshop Greece (more on that off this wall). I know you will bounce back and have an amazing time. Is 10 weeks long enough!? Much love to you both! Jeanie

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  32. Janie Byers
    July 13, 2022 @ 1:19 am

    Your blog is SO enjoyable! Thank you for sharing.

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  33. Linda Spalla
    July 13, 2022 @ 6:26 am

    This is a test to make sure comments are working

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  34. lspalla
    July 13, 2022 @ 9:12 am

    Betty Koval,
    I’m afraid to commit to these two September dates as we will have company and I don’t want to interfere with any of our schedule. Thank you for the opportunity, however, and perhaps we can set something up on a later date!

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  35. Betty Koval
    July 13, 2022 @ 12:51 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to answer me so soon. I would love for you to contact me once you are settled back at home. OLLI members would so enjoy hearing about your writing and travel. We do bonuses on Friday’s at 11:00 am – you would be great for one of those.

    Betty

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  36. Kathryn. mahoney
    July 13, 2022 @ 1:25 pm

    Amazing what a day can make🤗great to hear of activities and beautiful pictures

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  37. Janet Johnson Anderson
    July 14, 2022 @ 4:05 pm

    Nice apartment…with shower! 😉
    Rough start but end result…Paris!! 😊
    Re: Betty Koval…I too have been invited to speak at OLLI this fall.
    Heat or not, you still get Paris in your backyard. It will be great. Best wishes for a lovely stay! 🥰

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  38. Cindi B
    July 19, 2022 @ 6:45 pm

    The new apartment is lovely, very comfortable looking. Hope there are no more related surprises.
    I’ve only used VRBO once, domestically, and all went fine. Must be different overseas.

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