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  1. Antonia Konzotis
    July 5, 2018 @ 7:21 am

    Hi Linda
    Your griddles foie gras dish on pomme purée is my idea of heaven . Hope it tastes as good as it looked.
    Bonne journee
    Antonia

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    • lspalla
      July 5, 2018 @ 8:01 am

      It was SO delicious but very rich. More foie gras than I could ever eat in one sitting.

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  2. Lin G
    July 5, 2018 @ 7:28 am

    I think it is a mountain ash.
    Love the Anne Frank garden.
    Did your cantaloupe gazpacho have cucumber in it and a tiny bit of vinegar? I am obsessing on recipes for it.
    Strange pant legs.

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    • lspalla
      July 5, 2018 @ 8:00 am

      Lin, as to the cantaloupe gazpacho, I didn’t detect any cucumber but I don’t have the most sophisticated palette. It was totally sweet, but not too sweet, no vinegar. It was almost creamy and icy, if that helps.

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      • Lin G
        July 7, 2018 @ 3:17 am

        Linda, that does help actually and I will search other kinds of canteloupe gazpacho recipes now. I didn’t really want to try it with cucumber etc. as what is appealing in your photo is the intensely canteloupe colour and flavoured look of it.. I have seen a recipe that had a few peaches in with the canteloupe which maybe would give just the right touch of sweetness. Thank you!

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  3. Cindi Ludwig
    July 5, 2018 @ 11:16 am

    My favorite picture today is the one with what appears to be a group of students/friends sitting in a circle under your mystery tree. Happy to hear you are scheduled to retreive your bag 💼 today.

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    • lspalla
      July 5, 2018 @ 11:37 am

      Bag arrived at 12:30!!!

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    • Natalie
      July 5, 2018 @ 2:44 pm

      I agree!! And YAY for bag 🤗

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  4. Melissa Brinkley
    July 5, 2018 @ 11:32 am

    I do enjoy this with coffee early in the morning. Tha gazpacho photos you have shared make my mouth water. And the gardens are lovely. Your Natalie was a student of mine and I enjoyed her so much. I am so excited for her and you and Bernie that she is coming. Great your luggage is on the way.

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    • lspalla
      July 5, 2018 @ 11:36 am

      Yes, I do remember that you taught Natalie. She’s pretty excited and so are we! My bag arrived about 12:30 and there was celebration in the street!

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    • Natalie
      July 5, 2018 @ 2:46 pm

      MsBrinkley…Espanol is my go-to second language (even though I’ve lost much of it) so I’m going to have to re-train my brain some before I go!! Good to hear from you 🤗

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  5. Marlyn
    July 5, 2018 @ 11:36 am

    Hurray about your daughter and about your suitcase! My vote would be the “Typical street in the fabulous Marais” photo.

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  6. Debbie
    July 5, 2018 @ 1:51 pm

    Linda, Great news about the luggage! I believe the unidenfied plant/tree is called a European Mountain Ash.
    Debbie

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  7. Judy Gattis
    July 5, 2018 @ 2:07 pm

    So glad Natalie is coming. That will be special for the three of you. I’d definitely prefer Bernie’s dish at Le Hangar. Sorry, I’m just not worldly enough for foie gras. Maybe the dear prices help pay for the ac😉 Hurrah for the luggage!!!

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  8. Lynne Berry Vallely
    July 5, 2018 @ 2:37 pm

    Love this park!!!!! Miss you!!!!

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    • lspalla
      July 5, 2018 @ 3:04 pm

      Well, I don’t exactly miss Huntsville, but miss seeing everyone. Paris is our summer place. Just saw a horrible accident right outside the lavomatic…still doing laundry. An older lady was struck by a huge delivery truck. I heard the hit, then screams and ran outside. Happened right in front of the fire station so immediate help was there. NO ONE pulled out a phone to take a picture which I found pretty amazing.

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  9. Pat O'Brien
    July 5, 2018 @ 3:30 pm

    You’ve said there are small parks all through Paris. Do local residents stake out small spots within these parks to have their own flower garden? Bernie has a keen eye to notice the bouledogue. I notice one street that looked to be for pedestrians, but then noticed a motorcycle – are there streets that are shared by both? Looks like sidewalks have been eliminated/narrowed to make room for cars on other streets – I bet that can get wild at times. Thank you

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    • lspalla
      July 5, 2018 @ 6:47 pm

      To answer your first question, I don’t believe there are any places inside the center of Paris for private gardens; however, I know along certain spots on the interstate, you see individual flower and vegetable gardens. I think you rent the space and work it on the weekends. The motorcycles are offensive creatures in Paris. They are everywhere, literally, and don’t obey any of the traffic laws. I’m not a fan.

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  10. David Strother
    July 5, 2018 @ 4:03 pm

    Glad your luggage arrived! I do enjoy your posts and photos each day.

    While I am not a fan of gazpacho, the cantaloupe gazpacho did look inviting for a hot day. I am somewhat of a risk taker when it comes to trying new foods, so I would have chosen the fois gras with the bean salad.

    Thanks for sharing your experiences.

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    • lspalla
      July 5, 2018 @ 6:45 pm

      The blog is totally fun for us!

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  11. CarolynB
    July 5, 2018 @ 5:44 pm

    What joyful, joyful news about your daughter coming to Paris! Am absolutely thrilled for you (and her!) and know you will all have the most marvellous time. Just so special and wonderful. Yay!!!

    So pleased you enjoyed le Hangar and agree with everything you said about the fois gras. I can’t resist it 🙂

    Missing Paris already bien sûr. Cheers from the English seaside and have fun unpacking your suitcase! I bet everything is all put away already. Another yay!

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    • lspalla
      July 5, 2018 @ 6:44 pm

      Paris is missing you. Glad you’re home safely. Yes, everything is washed and put away and glad that little escapade is over, never to be repeated hopefully.

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  12. Clara Borges
    July 5, 2018 @ 6:22 pm

    Hi Linda so happy to hear you good news !!! First your luggage is on the way home to you and secondly and most important your beautiful daughter will be joining you both in paris . It don’t get any better than that !!!!! Loved the photos as always merci !! Enjoy 😉

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    • lspalla
      July 5, 2018 @ 6:42 pm

      It’s been a good day!

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  13. Glenda Manzanares
    July 6, 2018 @ 1:08 am

    Happy to hear your bag has arrived and how wonderful your daughter will be joining you. Yes, it surely was a wonderful day. Quite warm here, but things have improved-we’ll catch up on that when you return. In the meantime, enjoy yourselves. I so look forward to your blog and photos. Thank you for sharing.

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  14. Carol Winstead Lee
    July 6, 2018 @ 3:36 am

    So much good news for you in one day. Keep those photos coming. I’m getting food tutorial on your local choices. CLee

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