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  1. Peggy B
    August 19, 2022 @ 9:20 am

    So sorry about the flight cancellation! We’ve had to deal with that in the past. Your trip this year seems to have a hidden little imp upsetting all plans! At least the airline gave you differing options. I hope you can work it out. But at least you are in Paris! That makes everything tolerable!

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    • lspalla
      August 19, 2022 @ 9:37 am

      We’ll opt to leave a day early and then possibly have to spend the night in Newark if we can’t get our Delta flights changed to accommodate. I doubt that one! I had a neighbor who said about one of our trips, “The devil has gotten into it.” She was right then many years ago and I think the same applies this year. Stress is the number one worst thing for my stomach issues so here you go. Meet you tonight at 5pm at Metro Ecole Militaire.

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  2. Monica & Marlyn
    August 19, 2022 @ 11:16 am

    We have been hearing horror stories from so many people and reading in the news about airlines cancelling flights. One supposes it has to do with the flights not being full, so not enough profit for the airlines, but I believe this will only make people less willing to travel. Just try to envision the time when you are safely home and the rest is a memory. This year’s trip could make a great start for your sequel book, maybe “Somebody Else’s Paris”?

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    • lspalla
      August 19, 2022 @ 11:25 am

      Love your idea, Monica! Really clever!!

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  3. Harriett Godwin
    August 19, 2022 @ 11:19 am

    Good luck with your apartment problems! The wine article was interesting. There is a good pharmacie on Rue Monge which might have been where you went. Last time I left Paris one of my Parisian friend suggested that I subscribe to the daily English version of Le Monde online. I did for just a few dollars a month and so enjoy getting another perspective, more world news and just keeping up with France. You may like it. And your hair looks nice😊

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    • lspalla
      August 19, 2022 @ 11:26 am

      Perhaps I should look into this. Merci!

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  4. Cindi
    August 19, 2022 @ 11:19 am

    Adapting to constant change is not my strongest suit, so I feel your frustration. It is fortunate you got the airline change this far out. It allows you to make plans now rather than a day or two out. I’m sorry you’re having so much trouble with VRBO. We have used them all over the US with much success.

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    • lspalla
      August 19, 2022 @ 12:23 pm

      Maybe I should clarify by saying not to use VRBO in a foreign country!

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  5. Martin Barros
    August 19, 2022 @ 11:51 am

    This trip reminds me of one chapter in your book. It started with Bernie fixing a plumbing issue, getting wet and dirty, at your house on travel day and then he ended up in the hospital in France. Stay strong guys, this shall pass!!

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    • lspalla
      August 19, 2022 @ 12:22 pm

      You are exactly correct on all fronts!

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  6. Judy McPeak
    August 19, 2022 @ 11:51 am

    Travel is always a challenge and certainly more so now with all the labor woes globally. I am so sorry you will have to cut your stay a day short! The article on the wine industry and climate change is very interesting! Science, cultural memory, and human ingenuity all working in different ways to keep the French wine industry alive. Now we need humans to work in similar ways to do their part to help reduce global warming. I just read about the horrible storms and high wind damage on Corsica and elsewhere in France and Italy causing evacuations and tragic deaths.

    I hope your travel imp has done all its mischief and you have no more problems!

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    • lspalla
      August 19, 2022 @ 12:22 pm

      Merci! So do we!

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  7. PAT
    August 19, 2022 @ 12:45 pm

    Now Linda, you’re going to have to stop holding back and let us know what you really think. With as many moving parts as your trips have, I’m surprised that you’re able to make things work as smoothly as they do. But it does seem like the busy and full schedule during an extremely hot and uncomfortable summer may require a little cool down time. Didn’t y’all have some favorite lounges and air conditions lobbies that you would hang out in?
    The adaptation of the wine industry is interesting. Pat

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  8. Terry
    August 19, 2022 @ 12:49 pm

    Linda,
    You did not explain what the “unfortunate issue” you had to deal with your apartment that would cause you to feel like you might be part of a scam. Hope nothing serious. Very glad Natalie could help! Hang in there…”this too shall pass”!
    Hugs to you both!

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    • lspalla
      August 19, 2022 @ 8:22 pm

      They now want a 6800 euro security deposit! Or be evicted on August 25!

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  9. Judy Gattis
    August 19, 2022 @ 12:55 pm

    I personally like the the hair color. Kudos, Bernie! We have a VRBO lake house reserved in Vermont, but I think we’re good. Charles has been communicating with the owner, who is also a photographer. She’s shared tips for the area. We’ve anAirB and B for our loft in Montreal. Got our fingers crossed. Our flight departures have already changed twice – with with layovers now in Detroit and LaGuardia before finally in Canada. If all else fails, we’ll just leave earlier and drive , as we did last year to MN. 😏 Really appreciate the climate article.

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  10. John Tyson
    August 19, 2022 @ 1:41 pm

    Linda and Bernie, sorry about your flight cancellation. On our Le Compagnie flight home on 15 August, we noticed a lot of seats were empty. I’d guess about 1/3 of the seats empty. Maybe this is a blessing in disguise staying a night in Newark. You likely will not be quite so tired when you get back to Huntsville. We were pooped when we got back home here in Arizona without a break in the travel. — It seems to me I used to recover from long travel days more quickly??

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  11. Buddy &June Guynes
    August 19, 2022 @ 4:18 pm

    Keep Bernie on the payroll- your hair looks great!! And much luck with the flight back- just drink wine en route😉

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  12. Christine
    August 19, 2022 @ 6:32 pm

    On any of your trips to a pharmacy, have you ever tried Biafine? (Biafine Emusion pour appplication cutanée). I understand it is a staple in the medicine cabinets in France. I always stock up when I’m in Paris. Apparently it was developed as a treatment for burns, but turned out to be so hydrating that French women often use it for a moisturizer. I have tried it for both burns (kitchen and sun) and as a moisturizer and love it. You can order it online in the US, but it is really expensive. In a French pharmacy it is around 7 euros.

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  13. Donna Rush
    August 19, 2022 @ 7:06 pm

    Hoping the travel gremlins are done with you!

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  14. Susan Fureigh
    August 19, 2022 @ 7:42 pm

    You know you have a good (no, great!) partner when he will help color your hair!
    I share my life with just such a man!

    So sorry for the unexpected difficulties you two have faced this summer, but thankful for the good times too! I see much joy in your photos!

    Thanks again for sharing it all with us!

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  15. Earle
    August 19, 2022 @ 10:21 pm

    Linda, sorry to hear the difficulties. Rachel is leaving France for certain. She’s accepted her old job back with DCAA in NOVA. Health, and the inability of the French health system to deal with her problem are a main reason, but climate change is a large reason also. They sold their restaurant in the Alps because of it. At times, the temps at their house in the mountains has been higher than Monte Sano. The heat has wrecked the tourist industry in the Alps. The contrasting pix are striking – mountains normally snow-clad year-round are bare and glaciers morphed into streams. Since you confessed for Bernie, I’ll confess to giving Liz a hand with hair also. The return is she’s been cutting my hair since the plague hit… 🙂

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    • lspalla
      August 20, 2022 @ 4:21 am

      So sorry to hear about the situation with Rachel’s restaurant. These are difficult times and I’m afraid will only get worse. The USA is in a state of denial, I fear. Kudos to you for helping Liz!!

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  16. Ann Rivard
    August 21, 2022 @ 2:36 am

    Bernie might earn that security deposit if he’d take in clients! He did a fine job with your color!!

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