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  1. Judy Gattis
    October 31, 2019 @ 7:34 am

    HOLY MOLY!!! What a sight!!


  2. Charles Gattis
    October 31, 2019 @ 7:48 am

    So neat to see all the chocolate entries. I would have loved to have seen the fashion show. We saw some pictures of chocolate dresses on one of our excursions. I could not believe it. The chocolate chef—not sure what you call them—said that the chocolate wasn’t next to the skin but put on a light fabric. I have no idea how they do that without the chocolate melting. I know from experience that it doesn’t last long in my hand, which is the reason for M&M’s.


    • lspalla
      October 31, 2019 @ 2:57 pm

      Can’t wait to see you both on Saturday for more adventures! Hope your cruise was everything you had hoped for, even with the slow start.


  3. Cynthia Ludwig
    October 31, 2019 @ 11:08 am

    Oh my gosh what a fun exhibit the chocolate extravaganza was to see. Such creative displays! As were your lunch dishes. I love good food, especially when the presentation is so well done.


  4. Glenda Manzanares
    October 31, 2019 @ 11:24 am

    Always enjoy your blog. Today was certainly a special “treat”. Thanks for so graciously sharing your wonderful photos and valuable time. Enjoy and travel safely.


    • lspalla
      October 31, 2019 @ 2:56 pm

      Great to hear from you. Understand it’s supposed to freeze tonight in Hsv. How’s everything with the mail?


  5. Betsy Cobb
    October 31, 2019 @ 11:34 am

    I always enjoy ALL your photos, but am still partial to the gorgeous dishes you order and photograph… lets us enjoy the cafes vicariously! Thank you.


    • lspalla
      October 31, 2019 @ 2:55 pm

      Bernie is shy about taking photos of food, but I try to sneak a few. He’s French, you know, and thinks it’s rude!!


  6. Thad
    October 31, 2019 @ 12:46 pm

    Thanks Linda! Really great to see the ROLL TIDE elephant.


    • lspalla
      October 31, 2019 @ 2:54 pm

      Well, I believe that elephant was from somewhere in Africa! But Roll Tide anyway


  7. Fred Mayer
    October 31, 2019 @ 12:49 pm

    All that chocolate … oh my goodness … where do you start to get a taste.

    And that cute little girl … looks like she may have had some parental guidance regarding the next tasty treat. “tu en as eu assez” (you’ve had enough … according to Google)

    What a fun and tasty day.


  8. Pat O'Brien
    October 31, 2019 @ 1:27 pm

    Showing the tap water carafe answered a question about Paris water I had forgotten to ask. Looks like the workers are hand pouring asphalt/tar between brick pavers, would you show the finished product later so I can understand? It’s hard to imagine the difficulty in providing modern utilities to such an old city. They are interesting, but I am not sure what somebody does with chocolate shoes.


    • lspalla
      October 31, 2019 @ 2:53 pm

      Sent you some pics in email of the finished road!


  9. Monica & Marlyn
    October 31, 2019 @ 5:20 pm

    Yum! (Our original comment was “too short,” so we had to go back and add words. Never before in life have I been told that anything I said was too short!)


  10. Carolyn Barnabo
    October 31, 2019 @ 9:50 pm

    What an experience! As is the laundry! Something about the sublime to ridiculous but necessary. Well done on all the schlepping and hope the ‘new’ road looks good.

    Love the upside-down green man and Bernie’s comment 🙂


  11. Peggy Bilbro
    November 2, 2019 @ 10:42 pm

    And that elephant’s head is a big shout out to your Bama fans! This was a great post! Thanks!


  12. Belinda Melson-Kennedy
    November 3, 2019 @ 8:35 pm

    Foie gras and chocolate… 🤢

    What a fun day! If I couldn’t have afforded the stilettos, I would have settled for the flip flops.

    Loving the journey with you!


  13. Eula
    November 12, 2019 @ 8:02 pm

    Catching up on your blog. Now I’m hungry!!! Always SO entertaining! Hope you and Bernie are well!


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