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  1. Charles Gattis
    April 6, 2020 @ 7:31 pm

    One of my favorite places. You’re going to make me want to go back.

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  2. Carol Bell
    April 6, 2020 @ 7:34 pm

    So love Montmartre — maybe my favorite in all of Paris! We were supposed to begin a vacation in Paris today as a matter of fact so aching to be there even more. Thanks for lifting out spirits Linda with these great pictures of beautiful places and happy people. Since you asked for feedback, I’m taking Italian lessons daily these days with Rosetta Stone to lift my spirits and dream of a trip to my beloved Italy when it is healed from so much trauma. That and being outside exercising every day and prayer and meditation are my lifelines. Take care and so relieved your cousins are home!

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    • lspalla
      April 6, 2020 @ 9:50 pm

      Bernie has worked with them today on the phone trying to find their luggage. It is at the airport in Paris. Now the trick is to get it to them since regular planes are not flying. After all they’ve been through, it’s a small problem.

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  3. Malcolm Alexander
    April 6, 2020 @ 7:40 pm

    Hi Linda and Bernie,

    Lovely joyful photos, thank you.

    Here’s to many more cold beers and, of course, glasses of red wine in Paris.

    Love to you both,

    Malcolm and Antonia X

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  4. Judy Gattis
    April 6, 2020 @ 7:42 pm

    Yes! Montmartre definitely deserves to be highlighted. My fav destination there.

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  5. Anne Stone
    April 6, 2020 @ 8:05 pm

    Isn’t it glorious to have all these marvelous photos! So grateful you’ve shared. And to hear the Pierre and Laurie are at their own home – such a miracle. Looking forward to hearing more.

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  6. Cindi
    April 6, 2020 @ 8:20 pm

    Montmartre is one of my favorite places! Thanks for revisiting it.
    This pandemic every day makes me realize how blessed my life is. We have abundant surroundings, full refrigerators, air conditioning, Indoor plumbing, a new puppy. We want for nothing. We stay connected with family and friends through I Phones,I Pads, and computers. I am experiencing this with my husband of almost 46 years. I am not alone. So many others all over the world live without adequate food, clothing and shelter, they are alone, disabled, scared and hopeless. I need to be grateful each and every moment of each and every day.

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    • lspalla
      April 6, 2020 @ 9:49 pm

      Cindi, thanks for sharing your thoughts. I’ve had a lot of practice being alone so I enjoy walking now without traffic, listening to the birds and at peace with the quiet. My grandchildren are playing out in the sunshine all day instead of on their electronics. I’m thinking it would be a grand idea for everyone to lose 10 or 15 pounds during this and kick our obesity problem out the door. I’m also working on my novel!

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  7. Amy C. Cameron
    April 6, 2020 @ 8:37 pm

    I never saw Paris through your eyes and your book wasn’t published then. Of course, I was only there twice…and you & Bernie have been for 15 years!

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  8. Pat O'Brien
    April 6, 2020 @ 8:44 pm

    Has your knee heeled well enough for you to comfortably climb those stairs? That painter dude in the blue beret is still cool. I wondered why you like Montmartre so much. My guess is that everywhere you look there is something different to enjoy.
    Where does Malcolm get those cold beers, I have sadly found out that neither Publix or Walmart will deliver.
    What a great time to be and introvert! Also, even though I’m 50+ and probably should have already known this, I finally have realized(maybe) that it’s not a real good idea to keep putting some important things off. It’s a beautiful day in central Alabama also.

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    • lspalla
      April 6, 2020 @ 9:46 pm

      Yes, my knee is great. It was five years ago. And yes, we always use the steps.

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  9. Stephen O Shipley
    April 6, 2020 @ 8:50 pm

    Thanks for the tour of Abesses. I truly love that part of Paris. Ask bernie if he remembers where my dentist’s office is?

    I had a come to Horus moment while talking to Doris the other day. We were sitting our usual 4 feet apart at the kitchen island chatting about this whole isolation thing and I was having trouble conveying my sense of seriousness about this COV isolation, and I remarked to Doris “You know, if you get this virus I may never see you again. Once you are suspect of being positive for the COV, you go into immediate isolation.”. Which got me to thinking that if I get the virus, I will likely never see any of my friends or relatives again as well. Unless I survive, of course. So. Not the uplifting expression you were looking for, but I have changed my way of viewing things.

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    • lspalla
      April 6, 2020 @ 9:52 pm

      Love you, Steve. Good memories of the birthday this past November! For those reading this, Steve is Bernie’s brother.

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  10. Peggy Bilbro
    April 6, 2020 @ 10:05 pm

    What a wonderful series of photos! So much fun to wander the streets of Montmartre and finally arrive at Sacre Coeur! Thanks for putting all these together.

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  11. Lynne Berry Vallely
    April 7, 2020 @ 12:45 am

    Love these! I have only seen a very small part of Montmartre, never been in the cathedral. One day! Thank you!!

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  12. Beth Wise
    April 7, 2020 @ 1:42 am

    What a bright spot in this crazy time. Thank you and hope you are keeping well.

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  13. Marcie Wingo
    April 7, 2020 @ 11:48 am

    Thank you for sharing your lovely memories Linda.

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  14. Carolyn Barnabo
    April 7, 2020 @ 9:31 pm

    Beautiful photos and sentiments, Linda. Merci! So thankful P&L are home. Hope they are well, too. Take care and enjoy the birdsong xxxx

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