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  1. Marlyn & Monica
    July 22, 2021 @ 10:34 am

    That’s pretty special, seeing where Bernie was born.

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  2. Katie McCool
    July 22, 2021 @ 11:00 am

    I don’t comment every day, but I want you to know I LOVELOVELOVE your blog as it wakes me each morning with smiles, memories of time in Paris, plus new ideas for when/if I ever get to return.
    My personal “door” memory: Back in 2000 (I think), Rick and I were scoping out apartments to rent. We happened by your St Paul address and while we were looking at the door, Bernie walked up with a baguette and a smile. We chatted and he invited us in to see your place (much to your early morning surprise I’m sure) Such a sweet memory of meeting you both! How about a pic of that door?

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    • lspalla
      July 22, 2021 @ 2:08 pm

      I posted a picture of our door on the very first day, I think. We weren’t here in 2000 so perhaps a little later.

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    • lspalla
      July 22, 2021 @ 2:09 pm

      Also Katie, thanks for your kind words about the blog. TOday’s was an involved post. SO many photos to go through.

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  3. Mary Jane
    July 22, 2021 @ 12:14 pm

    Great memories from Bernie’s birthplace! Have to agree with Bernie saying Dali work was “really weird”. I had an aunt who would have loved this art and was a Professor and Department Chair in the School of Art in a college in Louisiana before moving back home and becoming the Art Supervisor in the HCS! I was a young teacher and she came to my room the afternoon of an open house in the mid-1960s and had a meltdown when she saw the art work I had on display of the children’s work. She told me to go home and when I got back for the open house my room was unrecognizable as she had stayed all afternoon to recreate my room! I was never sure where she got all of the art on display that afternoon! 😁😁

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    • lspalla
      July 22, 2021 @ 2:06 pm

      Great story! Thx for sharing.

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  4. Cindi
    July 22, 2021 @ 12:25 pm

    We went to a Dali museum in St. Petersburg, Fl. a couple of years ago. A woman stopped us to inform us this was better than the one in Spain. I must admit in reading about his life, techniques, and what motivated him, I was able to look at his art in a different light. I’m not a big fan of surrealism but it expanded my ability to view his works.
    Love your beach scenes. You both look so relaxed and happy. I loved your last two photos in the blog!

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    • lspalla
      July 22, 2021 @ 2:06 pm

      I could do some studying on Dali for sure!

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  5. Dorcas Harris
    July 22, 2021 @ 12:56 pm

    Linda- as one of the many faithful followers of your blog, I want to thank you for all the time and effort you spend to bring us a daily account of your and Bernie’s adventures in Paris. Your posts are simply marvelous and the photos make us feel like we are tagging along if only vicariously. So be assured that you are scattering the joys of Paris to all your readers. Every morning I look forward to starting my day with your posts. Merci mille fois!!

    Dorcas

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    • lspalla
      July 22, 2021 @ 2:18 pm

      Dorcas, merci beaucoup. I try to keep my French spelling top-notch because of you and Bernie’s French cousin, Laurie, whom you met in Huntsville. So glad you are enjoying!

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  6. Natalie
    July 22, 2021 @ 1:17 pm

    Gaudi esp w Rhapsody in Blue was awesome I bet! I think I need some of Cindi‘s information to better appreciate Dali, Ha! Surprised you were able to sit in a room like this, mom, and not get sick Bc of it being all around you. How awesome that y’all were able to go inside the courtyard where Bernie was raised. I wish we had had time to sit by the river… I know we planned on it but it was so cold we couldn’t do it that night.

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    • lspalla
      July 22, 2021 @ 2:21 pm

      It’s too bad we didn’t get to have a dinner by the river and that Carson didn’t get to see this multi-media show. I think he would have been fascinated at how they do it, even though he has little familiarity yet with the artists. Steve misses out on the chance of a lifetime with us but….

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  7. Charles Gattis
    July 22, 2021 @ 1:24 pm

    Really neat day. I would love sitting by the river in a beach chair reading a good book. We saw a multi-media art presentation on our last trip to France, and I found it fascinating. I understand we are getting some in the states now.

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    • lspalla
      July 22, 2021 @ 2:17 pm

      As I recall, we had a pique-nique with you and Judy by the Medici fountain in Luxembourg Gardens.

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  8. Antonia konzotis
    July 22, 2021 @ 1:27 pm

    Hi Linda
    We’ve been to the Dali museum in Spain in Figueres. It’s absolutely fabulous and it was there that I started to appreciate Dali, especially after a private tour when the symbolism was explained.

    How wonderful that Bernie visited there house of his birth. Did he remember much of the courtyard ?

    Love to you both, Antonia x

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    • lspalla
      July 22, 2021 @ 2:15 pm

      Bernie was so young. He doesn’t remember much. His mother became the concierge for an apartment building in the 16th near Place Victor Hugo. That’s where his memories are. Their room was in the basement and his bed was under the water heater! Every time I hear that story, I cringe!

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  9. Nancy Colin
    July 22, 2021 @ 1:28 pm

    I look forward to a new excursion each morning. These are delightful and bring back many memories. Thank you!

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    • lspalla
      July 22, 2021 @ 2:12 pm

      Merci!

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  10. Sophia Burwell
    July 22, 2021 @ 2:22 pm

    Thank you so much for the wonderful photos. Love the Paris Beach idea. I’m not a fan of Dali either. Someone told me in his later years he wasn’t lucid. Unscrupulous people did lots of prints and his signature was added. So beware!

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  11. Katie McCool
    July 22, 2021 @ 3:22 pm

    I couldn’t remember the year. I’ll try to look back and figure it out.

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  12. Katie Mccool
    July 22, 2021 @ 3:30 pm

    I looked back! Yes, that’s the door! Could it have been 2010 or 11?

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    • lspalla
      July 22, 2021 @ 4:16 pm

      Yes, that was most likely it!!

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  13. Pat
    July 22, 2021 @ 4:46 pm

    Nice and colorful day. Sounds like quite an experience to me. Gaudi is good, Dali is way too advanced for me. Were these pictures of Gaudi designed buildings? The balconies were great. I’m enjoying your little beach R&R, your guests wore me out. Tks.

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    • lspalla
      July 22, 2021 @ 5:19 pm

      Yes, many of the pics were buildings, parks, etc. that Gaudi designed. And yes, we were plenty tired when out guests left!

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  14. Judy Gattis
    July 22, 2021 @ 5:36 pm

    We sooo enjoyed the exhibition of Van Gogh in Arles. Maybe Gaudi’s will make it across the pond. No desire to see Dali. How serendipitous for Bernie at his apartment!!! And, Charles would be doing the same thing as Bernie at the “beach.” What a glorious day you had! Would love one of those soccer men😋!

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  15. Donna Rush
    July 23, 2021 @ 4:57 pm

    Today’s photos were marvelous. Thank you so much for a taste of the exhibition.

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