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  1. Ellyn Austin
    August 1, 2022 @ 8:19 am

    I loved seeing the lines for ice cream. One of my fave places when I lived in Paris was going for a melangé at Berthillon. But not in August. They closed in August since that is when the traditional French take les vacances and desert Paris! . Imagine, one of the busiest months to sell your product and you. close down.!! Zut! alors! I know that would never happen in the States

    And lack of AC. I remember that well. And heat for me. When I was in school in Paris, I lived for a while in a chambre de bonne. Almost wonderful room, top floor of a building on Quai de la Tournelle. Location couldnt be better, even if I couldnt afford La Tour d’Agent! But little heat, little hot water.!!, just great view. When my parent’s friends would come thru Paris they would always take me out for a few meals. The first one who came thru asked what she could do for me. so I told Aunt Helen that I would love a hot shower in her bathroom. They were staying in a 5 star hotel, She laughed and said yes,,, so every day when they were out sight seeing I took a shower, with thick towels and hot water. My long hair got washed daily. I think so much dirt had built up, daily was a good idea!. My mother was furious when she found out. (Her friend thought it was adorable. And was glad to do it)… And Mom forbid me for asking that of any more friends. She was so embarrassed. But the friends talked to each other, and each one when they saw me said go take a shower, Just dont tell your mother!! They got me thru!

    And AC? What was AC? My godson just built a house in Luxembourg and put in AC. His Belgian father was amused. He had never had AC! Most of my relatives in Europe still dont. Oy, I need my AC here.! But I had a fan when I lived in Paris, and wet wash cloths..

    Enjoy my Paris, Paris est le nombril du mode. ( said by a NYer!)

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    • lspalla
      August 1, 2022 @ 2:32 pm

      Delightful story! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  2. Monica & Marlyn
    August 1, 2022 @ 11:34 am

    So glad your friends arrived safely! So sorry about the gnats. Bernie’s goal sounds just right.

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  3. Judy Gattis
    August 1, 2022 @ 12:07 pm

    Is this the first time for all the artificial flowers? Why now and so profusely? If those black gnats are what I fought in Scotland, they’re midges. Vicious little critters. Repellent didn’t work. They would attack when clouds covered the sun. Good luck.

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    • lspalla
      August 1, 2022 @ 2:29 pm

      Yes, this is the first time for the artificial flowers. Perhaps to cheer folks up after COVID and also to draw attention to their restaurant or business.

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  4. Cindi
    August 1, 2022 @ 12:38 pm

    So glad to hear Sharon and John arrived safely. It looks like you were able to visit some lovely places and eat and drink delicious selections. I think Bernie has the best plan, going forward, especially given the heat. Loved the swing chairs!

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    • lspalla
      August 1, 2022 @ 2:28 pm

      Cindi, I always enjoy and appreciate your comments!

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  5. Helen
    August 1, 2022 @ 12:49 pm

    Being eaten alive here too! I find the only thing that works for me is to eat LOTS of garlic. I literally rub a fresh clove of garlic on my clothes when we golf. It works , but the ride home is pungent – LOL😂

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    • lspalla
      August 1, 2022 @ 2:27 pm

      Ha! Thanks for the tip!! We’ve got the pickled garlic that we love. I’ll go for it!

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  6. Betsy Cobb
    August 1, 2022 @ 12:49 pm

    I always love your food pictures! What is the name of the restaurant where you ate the pictured dishes?

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    • lspalla
      August 1, 2022 @ 2:28 pm

      Le Flore en I’Ile on the river across from Notre Dame.

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  7. Beth Thames
    August 1, 2022 @ 3:18 pm

    When we were there in March visiting our granddaughter, we went back to the ice cream shop the Bilbros had introduced us to a few years ago.. It was chilly- not ice cream weather-but we loved the flavors and went there twice in one week. Can’t remember the name but it was on the Isle Saint-Louis. There was a line at the take out window so we we went inside which was fun!

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