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  1. Liz Stagg
    December 6, 2019 @ 7:57 am

    What a lovely au revoir to this year’s Paris visit. Like many others, I’ve looked forward to reading about your daily adventures and have delighted in seeing your photos of light. Such a fitting theme. I also have an inkling about the time it takes to reflect upon your day, then choose the words and photos to describe it. Many thanks to you and Bernie for sharing. Welcome home!

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    • lspalla
      December 6, 2019 @ 8:48 am

      Many thanks, Liz, for being a faithful follower. It’s been a great trip for us. We always wonder if this will be our last or if God will grant us one more year! We leave Sunday morning at 7:30. It appears that the issues with the strike will not affect us. Keep your fingers crossed. See you on the other side!

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  2. Moy
    December 6, 2019 @ 9:24 am

    Have so enjoyed your blogs

    Thank you and safe journey home

    Moy

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    • lspalla
      December 6, 2019 @ 10:07 am

      Merci Beaucoup! Are you friends with Malcolm and Antonia in London?

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  3. Lynne Berry Vallely
    December 6, 2019 @ 12:18 pm

    Beautifully done, my friend. Safe travels home.

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    • lspalla
      December 6, 2019 @ 12:44 pm

      Merci, Lynne! We’ll see you on the 13th???

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  4. CHRISTOPHER A PARTON
    December 6, 2019 @ 12:20 pm

    Great blog today…your last one each year is always my favorite one. Safe travels home and see y’all in a couple of weeks in Birmingham.

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    • lspalla
      December 6, 2019 @ 12:44 pm

      Yes, looking forward to being altogether. Gotta get home and start the cookies. Think I’m going to put a strand of little white lights on my large Eiffel Tower and call that my Christmas tree! So hard not to decorate, but just no time.

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  5. Clara Borges
    December 6, 2019 @ 12:22 pm

    So beautiful merry Christmas and a happy new year to you both save travels and what a joy it was to follow your blog everyday merci beacoup you two you are both such a great looking couple xoxo blessings and love your way

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    • lspalla
      December 6, 2019 @ 1:15 pm

      From one Paris lover to another, merci and Joyeaux Noel!

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  6. Talitha Culver
    December 6, 2019 @ 12:31 pm

    Once again I have loved sharing your Paris stay vicariously through the blog. Returning home makes me sad; especially knowing how much Bernie will miss it. Your photos and stories are wonderful! Thank you for sharing and Merry Christmas!

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    • lspalla
      December 6, 2019 @ 12:42 pm

      Merci beaucoup!

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  7. Monica & Marlyn
    December 6, 2019 @ 12:48 pm

    We’ll miss this daily treat, but will fondly think of you doing laundry at home, getting instant ice, and enjoying the holidays with friends and family. Happy Juletide to you both!

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    • lspalla
      December 6, 2019 @ 1:14 pm

      Merry Christmas to you two. You were here in thought with the birthday gift. Made quite an impression on Bernie and his cousin Pierre. Bernie can’t wait to open the USB stick. I’m sure he’ll spend hours with it.

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  8. Lea
    December 6, 2019 @ 1:15 pm

    Many thanks for all the delightful blogs and photos! Love sharing your Paris.
    Safe travels home.

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    • lspalla
      December 6, 2019 @ 2:17 pm

      Now to learn to speak French as well as you!!

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  9. Fred Mayer
    December 6, 2019 @ 1:43 pm

    Thank you for once again sharing your annual trip to Paris. The blog is the first thing I look at on my computer in the morning and with my cup of coffee in hand enjoy the meanderings through the environs of Paris. What fun!

    I hope there will be another Triad reunion in our collective future as it would be great joy to meet up with you, Bernie and the gang again. Do have a great Christmas with family and friends and the happiest of the New Year.

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    • lspalla
      December 6, 2019 @ 2:16 pm

      Merci, Fred!!! Yes, to another reunion of the Triads!

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  10. Thad
    December 6, 2019 @ 1:46 pm

    Safe travels. Thank you very much for the blogs. Brought back a lot of OLD memories.

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  11. Pat O'Brien
    December 6, 2019 @ 2:04 pm

    Congratulations on another successful trip and thanks for the entertainment, education, and daily lift you provided. Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

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    • lspalla
      December 6, 2019 @ 2:15 pm

      Merry Christmas to you and Sybil!

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  12. Judy Gattis
    December 6, 2019 @ 2:05 pm

    I always look forward to your closing blog. I think this one topped them all! You are both so blessed to have these wonderful memories and to share them with us. We were so thankful for our brief time with you last month. Soooo, au revoire Paree and bon jour l’ Etats Unis! Bon voyage!✈️Your little welcome home remembrance awaits you at your doorstep.😉 And, regrettably, one morning in the 20’s next week.

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    • lspalla
      December 6, 2019 @ 2:15 pm

      Oh, what a nice surprise!!! Merci!

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  13. Sophia
    December 6, 2019 @ 2:51 pm

    Thank you, Linda for taking us on a trip to Paris, if only in my mind. I have so enjoyed all the photos and stories. Thank you to Bernie for his photos and friendship. Loved it all.

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    • lspalla
      December 6, 2019 @ 3:28 pm

      It was our pleasure!

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  14. Charla Bradford Owens
    December 6, 2019 @ 3:25 pm

    Linda, Darren and I have talked often since getting home about how you and Bernie absolutely made our trip. It was so nice to have y’all as our personal tour guides. The fact that we didn’t have to pick restaurants, or speak french, or figure out routes, just made the trip perfect, Thanks again! I hope your Christmas with your family is wonderful! Hugs to Bernie. Au Revoir

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    • lspalla
      December 6, 2019 @ 3:28 pm

      Great fun for us! Merry Christmas and keep cooking all that French food!

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  15. Cynthia Ludwig
    December 6, 2019 @ 3:32 pm

    What a spectacular end to your Paris blog! I will miss your stories, photos and reflections. Looking forward to seeing you when we return and we join with friends to celebrate the holiday.

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    • lspalla
      December 6, 2019 @ 3:47 pm

      Going home is way worse than coming over! Dread it but will be glad to be home! Thanks for being such a loyal follower of the blogs!

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  16. Gloria Benway
    December 6, 2019 @ 3:34 pm

    Thank you for sharing your visit in Paris. I’ve enjoyed reading about each day’s adventures. Love all the pictures!

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    • lspalla
      December 6, 2019 @ 3:46 pm

      Merci beaucoup!

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  17. Peggy Bilbro
    December 6, 2019 @ 3:57 pm

    We will miss your Christmas posts! Thanks for sharing your bests and worsts. Ironically, it is always the worst that give us the best stories. I know you are madly packing and cleaning, getting ready for your last evening ritual at Pont Marie. Safe travels.

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    • lspalla
      December 6, 2019 @ 4:13 pm

      Hope to see you guys sometime during the holidays!

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  18. Carolyn Barnabo
    December 6, 2019 @ 4:09 pm

    Oh Linda and Bernie, when it comes to superlatives, this post is the BEST and you are the best.

    I was practically in tears reading this one. The photo of Bernie iis so meaningful — the person, the place, the memories and the fact that you took it — your wonderful choices of superlative experiences and your poignant thoughts about your time in our one and only Paris. The church’s quotation is beautiful but most of all it’s the L&B magic, here on the blog and out there in person, that makes everything so wonderful.

    Cheering you on for next year! (Spring? Maybe too soon to say …) In the meantime, blessings for the journey home and a joyful holiday season. Take care you two and love across the Channel. À la prochaine.

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    • lspalla
      December 6, 2019 @ 4:12 pm

      Carolyn, love and Happy Holidays to you and Clive!

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  19. Jim Bullock
    December 6, 2019 @ 4:28 pm

    Thank you, Linda, for letting me share in your Paris adventure again. It was such a pleasure to finally meet up with you and Bernie again after such a long time. Maybe next year in Paris? Have a Merry, Merry Christmas!

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    • lspalla
      December 6, 2019 @ 4:33 pm

      Happy, happy holidays to you and Ralph! Such great fun to be with you!

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  20. Nancy Robertson
    December 6, 2019 @ 4:50 pm

    Beautiful closing Linda – you have a way of describing events and places and observations so that the reader actually feels it. Your stories are the next best thing to being there!

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    • lspalla
      December 6, 2019 @ 5:22 pm

      Ah, Nancy, I didn’t know you were following the blog. Thank you!!

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  21. Charles Gattis
    December 7, 2019 @ 2:28 am

    Should have known the picture of Bernie would win the day. He has such an appeal! The final picture here, though is just grand. Thanks for the hard work of blogging every night so you could share it with us.

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  22. Cynthia Parsons
    December 7, 2019 @ 2:11 pm

    I’ll certainly miss your lovely French times. Thank you for sharing!

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