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London Observations

November 28, 2007

I lived in South Africa for a year when I was ten.  On the way home we first stopped in Australia for a month and I'll never forget the feeling I got seeing those big American cars driving around Melbourne after a year of not seeing them in South Africa.
I felt a little of the [...]

Adieu Paris

November 27, 2007

I leave Paris for London this afternoon. I leave Paris happy not only for some great memories of a fun vacation with my wife but also happy for some validation that I am indeed a changed man. I put in over 9 miles over 3 days of running here, something I simply could not have [...]

I'm Eating A Lot Of Bread

November 26, 2007

We spent most of the day yesterday exploring the Hotel Invalides which includes Napoleon's Tomb and an incredible Museum featuring Arms and Armor as well as World War I and II history.  It was very moving seeing old movies of Charles de Gaulle being welcomed as he strolled up the Champs-Élysées, talking the same walk that [...]

Paris Is Expensive And Other Brilliant Observations

November 24, 2007

Paris only made #13 on the list of the World's Most Expensive Cities (with London at #2, great - I'll be there a couple of days this week), but with the declining dollar everything is 50% more expensive, which is really brutal.  Ordinarily we'd do a lot of Christmas shopping on a trip like this but [...]

French Breakfast

November 23, 2007

We are staying at the Hotel Concortel on rue Pasquier in Paris. Breakfast at the hotel is a standard continental, which means lots of bread, which I am trying to stay away from.
This is what comes with breakfast:
Freshly squeezed orange juice
Hot drinks
Basket of baked goods (croissants, bread, cake, Danish pastries, etc.)
Possible supplement: free-range eggs, fruit [...]

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