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  1. Judy Gattis
    July 23, 2021 @ 10:52 am

    Oh yes, how well I remember.
    This appeared to be another absolutely delightful day, in spite of the trials at getting registered. True perseverance! We would have never survived that day.

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  2. Charles Gattis
    July 23, 2021 @ 12:29 pm

    Yes, I too remember. As to age, you two still amaze me, especially with what I am dealing with now. I had trouble keeping up with the two of you a couple of years ago. I’m positive I couldn’t now. Everything is relative. Love to you both.

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    • lspalla
      July 23, 2021 @ 12:35 pm

      Much love back to both of you! When do you go back to Huntsville? I’m so sorry your trip was a challenge.

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  3. Judy McPeak
    July 23, 2021 @ 12:46 pm

    Hooray for the health pass!

    Aging is not for the faint of heart! Perseverance, courage, humor, and a never-ending curiosity are the keys and you and Bernie demonstrate those to all of us. Tired feet will pass, but memories will linger!

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    • lspalla
      July 23, 2021 @ 1:58 pm

      So very true!

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  4. Judy Gattis
    July 23, 2021 @ 1:12 pm

    Returning Aug 2, see surgeon the 4th, Jason Banks.

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  5. Janice Turner
    July 23, 2021 @ 1:20 pm

    Happy to read you found a helpful pharmacist! As a general rule, pharmacist are caring, knowledgeable, kind people! I look forward to your daily blog and am reminded of the brief time “my pharmacist” and I spent in Paris back in the day!

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    • lspalla
      July 23, 2021 @ 1:57 pm

      Lovely comment, Janice!

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  6. Peggy Bilbro
    July 23, 2021 @ 2:31 pm

    So much to comment on here! Love your view of the place des Vosges! We make sure to get a photo of ourselves in that stone circle. We;ve also walked by that little courtyard restaurant many times but never made it in to dine. Thank you for working through the the vaccination app issue before we get there! It does indeed seem compliqué. We’ve downloaded the app, but finally decided that without a Qcode or the other thing they mentioned we couldn’t do it ourselves. So we will be off to the vaccination center ‘toot sweet’ when we arrive! Yes, the knees are weak, but the spirit is strong as you and Bernie keep showing year after year.

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    • lspalla
      July 23, 2021 @ 2:43 pm

      A photography compliment from you is a real prize. Merci! (Toote suite!) What time does your plane get in on the 28th? CDG or Orly?

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  7. Pat
    July 23, 2021 @ 3:18 pm

    Again you and Bernie showed us several sides of Paris. Enjoyed every bit of it. Thank you.

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  8. Lynne Berry Vallely
    July 23, 2021 @ 11:08 pm

    Kudos to both of you. You are truly inspirations. And proof that a curious mind and an adventurous spirit will add years to your life and life to your years. MUCH LOVE! Ah, to be in Paris without the hordes. Envious!!!

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    • lspalla
      July 24, 2021 @ 7:20 am

      Yes, it is a different Paris without all the throngs of tourists…ha! Many Parisians have already left for “vacance” while they can. Who knows what’s going to happen? Sounds like Alabama is in a big hurt with the rising COVID numbers. Stay safe and love you all as well.

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  9. Beth Thames
    July 24, 2021 @ 12:43 am

    As always the photos help us see your life in Paris. I have a poster hanging in my hallway that I bought at Galerie Lisette Alibert on the Place des Vosges in 1996. It’s cheerful and reminds me of good times. Thanks for your blog and keep on walking those streets!

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    • lspalla
      July 24, 2021 @ 7:14 am

      Thank you, Beth!

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  10. Earle Self
    July 24, 2021 @ 1:17 am

    Linda, do you think that the entry into the French QR system went so smoothly because Bernie is a French Citizen? We’ll be facing it a little later this year…

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    • lspalla
      July 24, 2021 @ 7:14 am

      Earle, actually, Bernie is not a French citizen any more. He became an American citizen in his teens and served in the US military for 22 years. He has thought about getting dual citizenship but has not done it because he says he cannot split his loyalty. He was born in Paris and that of course shows up on his passport. I don’t think it had anything to do with our success because I was first in line and processed through before him by the same lady.

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  11. Carol Guidry
    July 24, 2021 @ 3:01 am

    Enjoy your blog but curious what phone service you are using?

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    • lspalla
      July 24, 2021 @ 7:11 am

      My phone is not activated for cell service because Bernie’s is. I use my phone for photos and can access Wi-Fi in our apartment for apps, texting, etc. My US provider is Verizon.

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  12. Ann
    July 24, 2021 @ 11:12 am

    Thank you Linda for your wonderful blog. I have enjoyed it for several years now. It’s always enjoyed with my coffee early in the morning. I love Paris! I’m not sure I’ll get back sadly as I am 74 also and just do not have the stamina I had before while traveling to Europe.
    I am so glad you and Bernie are back this year and enjoying the day to day activities!
    I absolutely love your pictures and narrative. Thank you again!

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    • lspalla
      July 24, 2021 @ 11:37 am

      Merci! Glad you are enjoying. Remind me…is this Ann Sprayberry? I know so many Ann’s.

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  13. Mary Jane
    July 24, 2021 @ 12:14 pm

    Happy y’all have the vaccine app!
    Lovely photos as always!
    Paris is not alone in tacky outfits, tattoos and body piercing as you well know! Call me old fashion (or just OLD 😁) which I am, but I be dammed if I will succumb to going in nice restaurants without some decorum albeit no high heels anymore but hey my shoes are comfortable, however there was a day I would wear them only to a gym or out for a nice walk, however both of those activities are good memories as my joints scream at me daily 😊😉

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