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  1. Monica & Marlyn
    August 24, 2021 @ 11:02 am

    Loved the opera images. And what a sweet gift from your granddaughter. We never know what little things we do that will affect their lives forever.


  2. Avery
    August 24, 2021 @ 11:21 am

    Hey NiNi. Glad you enjoyed my routine 🙂 Can’t wait to see you when you get back from Paris!


    • lspalla
      August 24, 2021 @ 1:56 pm

      Oui, moi aussi. Me too!!!


  3. Cindi
    August 24, 2021 @ 1:10 pm

    The images for a night at the opera, masks of Carnavalet, and the stacked shoe display were my favorites today! It looks and sounds like you had a very good day. Happy to hear it.


  4. Beth Thames
    August 24, 2021 @ 1:24 pm

    Small world experience: We were outside the Paris Opera and heard southern accents. There was a group from Alabama A&M walking by, so we said hello and gave them information about the metro. There was also a group from Scottsboro. It must have been Alabama week at the Paris Opera!


    • lspalla
      August 25, 2021 @ 5:42 am

      Reminds me of the time I met someone from Tuscaloosa while folding my underwear in the laundromat!


  5. Bob Ludwg
    August 24, 2021 @ 1:32 pm

    Thanks for thinking of me during your stroll. I consider a vintage Linotype machine a lover’s snapshot. We had one in the lobby of The Times but had to remove pieces of the lead type to show touring students when OSHA decided it was a safety issue.

    Really enjoyed the Opera characters you discovered in the subway. Thanks for the journey this year. You both make the price of admission to your travelogue so affordable to those of us on fixed incomes!


    • lspalla
      August 24, 2021 @ 1:54 pm

      All tips are appreciated, monsieur!


  6. Judy Gattis
    August 24, 2021 @ 2:18 pm

    Always so special to get those remembrances from home. I’d have bawled also.


  7. Pat
    August 24, 2021 @ 2:33 pm

    I like the ballet silhouettes. Great imagination. We were walking down a street the other day and Sybil took notice of some nice café chairs. I guess you got us trained.


    • lspalla
      August 24, 2021 @ 2:48 pm

      So good to hear that!! And yes, I loved the ballet silhouettes. That’s the word I was looking for, so much better than images. Merci


  8. Peggy Bilbro
    August 24, 2021 @ 6:09 pm

    A fun post with lots of interesting variety. It was wistful to see the vaccination tent since Jim spent over half of Saturday trying to find an antigen test. Only specific pharmacies do them and none of them had any available. Love the Opera figures and the street art. Paris has art literally on every street corner!


  9. Earle Self
    August 25, 2021 @ 4:34 am

    Love the song “Time to Say Goodbye.” However, I’ve never understood the translation since the Italian title (and the lyrics) clearly mean “I will go with you”…


  10. June & Buddy Guynes
    August 26, 2021 @ 1:04 am

    Linda, I just realized that my good friend Sandy Nelson (lives in B’ham) would absolutely love your blog. They have spent a good bit of time in Paris. She’s a pianist (classical) and her husband is an artist. She and I grew up together, friends for 70 years. Would you feel okay about including her in your list of recipients? Buddy and I race to read about you & Bernie every day! Her email address is
    Thank you so much, bon amis!
    June & Buddy Guynes


    • lspalla
      August 26, 2021 @ 5:54 am

      June, how lovely to hear from you. Such good memories of working with you at Burritt. Actually, I can’t add folks to my blog but it’s quite simple. Tell your friend, Sandy, to go to and she will immediately see a place to subscribe to my blog. After she enters her email, she will receive a confirmation which sometimes goes into spam. She would need to check her spam folder if she doesn’t see it pop up in her regular email. Thanks so much for following our daily fun!


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