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I've been working on different tasks on my semi-massive to do list, some more fun than others. I leave Sept. 1st, and I don't have to be in my new gig until Sept. 7th, so I've decided to spend a few days in Paris. In 10 years of transiting through Paris-CDG, I've never spent more than a day in Paris. Usually if I have a long layover I take the very convenient Air France bus into town. I spent New Year's Eve 2001 in Paris only because Air France gave me a free hotel room and I met a friend of mine from Geneva in town. Now I'm spending a big FOUR days in the City of Light. At least now I feel a lot more comfortable managing in French. Since it's still the tourist season and I'm very cheap, I made a reservation at the 3 Ducks Hostel. Should be fun!

MoBob's move to the US is more complicated than mine, since he is submitting his immigrant visa application (thankfully he already has a 10 year multiple entry visa) and has to get a French visa (hopefully not a big deal since he's had several). He'll return to Morocco for a couple of weeks in December and then continue on to France to visit his sister's family near Montpellier. I told MoBob that he should wear his "I Love Little Rock" t-shirt when he goes through immigration in Atlanta. I worry a bit that the formalities will cause him to miss his connection but there seem to be a lot of flights to Little Rock.

It's a testament to our marriage that I could act out the Geico commercial with Little Richard and MoBob laughs. The multitude of Geico commercials was one of my few viewing pleasures in the US, and the ones with Little Richard, Charo, and Burt Bacharach were my favorites. And the weekend I left San Francisco MTV celebrated its 25th anniversary. I feel old.
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On August 3rd, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC), congogirl commented:
I stayed at 3 Ducks a few years ago. It wasn't quiet, but the flip side is, there are always people around - I had plenty of insta-friends, which was important since I was by myself.

The best part for me was going to the corner grocery, buying baguette, cheese, and a bottle or two of wine, and sitting in the courtyard for hours at the end of the day shooting the breeze. I know they had problems with the neighbors since people stayed out in the courtyard late at night - let me know if it's still there!
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On August 3rd, 2006 02:22 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Since MoBob's not coming with, I figure I could re-live my solo travel days! I'll let you know about the courtyard, good to know.
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On August 3rd, 2006 03:31 pm (UTC), flemmarde replied:
what quarter is that hotel in? i'm always looking for the ultimate non expensive hotel in paris given we're so close relatively.

speaking of which... not thinking of visiting that friend in geneva? we're not far :)
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On August 3rd, 2006 04:24 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I don't remember what the website said except that it's near the Eiffel Tower.... I thought about visiting other folks but since I'm bringing enough baggage (physical, not emotional!) for the next three months until my shipment arrives, I probably shouldn't stray too much from the airport. Next time!
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On August 3rd, 2006 06:20 pm (UTC), flemmarde replied:
fair enough! i can imagine loads of luggage would be a bit of a bummer for getting around. last time i stayed in Paris we stayed in bastille... that was a fantastic area to stay in. i've never tried out near the tower. hope it's fun!
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On August 4th, 2006 08:16 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Thanks! I'm looking forward to just being a tourist - and seeing if the Frenchies think I'm a wayward Tahitian who lived in Africa because of my funky accent.
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On August 4th, 2006 03:57 am (UTC), hatter_anon commented:
Oooh have fun! And good luck with all the not-so-fun things on the list.
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On August 4th, 2006 08:18 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
"Purging is therapeutic." :)
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