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Another installment from my April 2011 travelogue.

In which we navigate a chemist shop, weigh some fruit, climb a hill, and I misplace an entire cathedral.

Montmartre Rooftops

04:  Three Churches and a Heretical Notion

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In which we see dead people, take several bus rides, and give Dan Brown a nod.

Pantheon03: A long day in Paris

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While I’m taking my own vacation, I’m going to share this series, a compilation of “letters home” from the three-week trip my wife and I took to Paris and England in April 2011.  They were written on the road, on a teensy little netbook, usually at the end of the day (or every other day, if our schedule was hectic.)  I have not edited them, except to fix the odd grammatical or spelling error.  Though I sent these emails to a small circle of friends and family, my primary reason in writing these was to document our trip in the fresh, unvarnished detail that only comes when one is exhausted, filled with the sights and sounds of the day.

Charlemagne

01: Nous sommes arrive

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Yesterday, I went to Paris.

Put bluntly, yesterday was a crappy, crappy day. It wasn’t a tragic day, thankfully, but it was a crappy day, and one that means major changes ahead. And last night I was in that dangerous “fret zone,” where everything in my mind was whirling around the troubles, playing If Then Else with my future, and getting uncomfortably close to the death-spiral that would pull me down into depression.

Consciously, I retreated. It’s a mechanism I’ve learned, and it’s kept me from tumbling down into the dark many times. I retreated from the problem, tucked myself into a safe trench, and filled my forebrain with a fond memory while my subconscious wrassled with the problem.

And thus, Paris.

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