The Daily Diary of a Wandering Restaurateur
Hanging Out in Roissy
We spent most of the day in the room, Margene napping, I mostly on the computer trying to
work out solutions to the inevitable issues that crop up as we dash out the door to the airport. For example, the bag I had
planned to take was packed and ready to take down to the car. When I picked it up, the handle broke so I did a quick re-pack
into another bag and we made it to the plane on time.
When we got to Paris and had a chance to slow down a bit, I realized a piece of equipment I would need during the month was still tucked away in a corner of the broken bag, now 5000 miles away. I got online, found a Turkish distributor and they will have a replacement waiting when I get to Turkey ... and I contacted the luggage repair guys at home to be sure they would have a replacement handle in stock when I got back. Gotta love the Internet!
I also discovered that I had improperly set up the downloads for a new e-book I'd finished just before leaving. The orders were coming in but the purchasers weren't able to acquire the PDF file for the book. An hour or so of online chat with my software vendor's tech team and we had the problem fixed.
About a three-block walk through the park is a little creperie we always visit when we overnight here. In fact, it has become a reason to overnight in Paris whenever we can. Aux Trois Gourmands isn't much to look at, they only deal with tourists from a few local hotels (like us) as a necessity so the place retains its cozy "hidden local gem" status with us.
In the winter the park around the town hall is alive with lights. In the spring all is green, leafy and full of promise. The past few years, there has always been a photo exhibit on display along the winding paths. At the moment the emphasis is on the quiet power of women around the world. Some of the photos were really powerful and/or the brief commentary under each hit me as deep wisdom. I would have snapped more pictures, but I thought Margene was also getting shots of many of the others. She wasn't!
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