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  1. Monica & Marlyn
    November 23, 2019 @ 12:20 pm

    That cold shower would have felt great on one of those hot days you had on other Paris visits. Timing!


  2. Charles Gattis
    November 23, 2019 @ 12:24 pm

    It seems unchristian to participate in our biggest sale day, get all the bargains and enjoy the fun of beating others out of a neat prize let alone the poor store owners without first giving thanks for the wonderful freedom to compete in a capitalistic economy.


  3. Carolyn Barnabo
    November 23, 2019 @ 2:34 pm

    Interesting about Bercy — changes and ‘contemporary’ (good word!) lights. Hope the shower is fixed or will be soon. Brr.

    Good luck and have a lovely Paris evening 🙂


  4. Cynthia Ludwig
    November 23, 2019 @ 3:56 pm

    Oh no cold showers in cold weather sounds awful! Hoping your person can fix that. Contemporary Christmas lights are not my thing either, but I’m sure there are others who appreciate them. Vivienne et laisser vivre!


  5. Cynthia Ludwig
    November 23, 2019 @ 3:57 pm

    Damn auto correct! vivre et laisser vivre


  6. Philip Boucher
    November 23, 2019 @ 7:35 pm

    I am a little confused. Curious whether it was Henry IV (died 1610) or Louis XIV (died1715) who granted Berry its wine privilege. As always love your blog.


    • lspalla
      November 23, 2019 @ 8:40 pm

      From, I found this: It was then in the year 1704 that King Louis XIV was attending a service at the Notre Dame de Bercy and subjects were meant to kneel before the king, but according to reports, there was one man that remained standing.

      Classed as a crime against the king, a guard was sent to put a stop to this, but the king was actually amused by the large gentleman, who was a wine grower, and he took advantage of the situation and complained to King Louis XIV about the hassle he had with his business.

      The king then decided to grant him a bit of leeway and ensured that the gentleman could sell his wine completely free of taxes, but only in the area of Bercy, and hence the first wine cellar of Bercy was born.

      Thanks for pointing out the discrepancy!!


  7. Amy Cameron
    November 24, 2019 @ 4:28 pm

    Late reading this blog…
    On CBS Sunday Morning there was a story about malls in the U.S. So many retail storefronts have closed & they’ve been replaced by food halls!


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