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FRANCE BY JIM - 1993

THURSDAY. APRIL 22ND
Arrived in Paris at 3:00 p.m., my garment bag had broken a zipper.  My clothes were hanging out and I thought Pete was going to die laughing when he saw it.  Smart ass.  We got that fixed and then jumped on route with the air mini-van for the trip to Oleans which is 2 hours by car.  Got to the hotel about 6 p.m.  We took off on foot to see the town of 1,000,000 people. I think we saw the bridge where Joan of Arc rode across.  Pete said it was "Lady Godivia" (sick boy).  We found a place to eat just like McDonalds and thought we had died and went to heaven, really a neat town.

FRIDAY. APRIL 23RD
Up at 8 a.m., Engineering Manager from the plant picked us up and spent 6 hours in the plant.  He took us to the train station and we just made it on the train.  I fell asleep.  The trip to Paris was a very smooth ride.  We both liked the train very much.  We went from the train to the subway station for the ride to the hotel.  Subway ticket was $1.50 for any distance (taxi would have cost us $50.00 one way). My first time on a subway and I like it.  Pretty clean, very efficient. Arrived at the hotel around 3 p.m. and dumped off the luggage and headed for the street.  Hotel is right on main street, super location.  I ordered a beer at a cafe on the street.  We got two 30 oz. mugs of beer, no problem, great weather 75  sunny (this must be heaven).  We walked about 8 to 10 miles that night looking at things, lots of people but didn't seem to bother us.  You can't do justice to Paris, a fabulous city, a million things to lock at.  I think I moved a little fast for Pete, he called me Chevy Chase (from vacation when he went to Grand Canyon).  Went to bed about 11 p.m., super room, its got all the goodies.  We also ate supper at McDonalds (cheeseburger, fries and coke, great!

SATURDAY APRIL 24TH
Up at 8 a.m. heading uptown to Eiffel Tower.  Took subway all day, great way to travel, very fast, surprising how fast you get used to it.  Great view from tower, I don't think Jeanette would go up a lot of frightened people, (height).  Next we went to the Louvre, if not the biggest, one of the biggest museums in the world.  We saw the Mona Lisa by Leonardo de Vinci and many, many other masterpieces.  We spent 4 or 5 hours in there.  Guess where we went for dinner? McDonalds again, great stuff.  We checked out some other points of interest and headed back to the room for more clothes because it was raining outside.  Took off again, heading for Church of Notre Dame, by and far the biggest church I have every seen.  Thousands of people inside, a huge organ.  I found Cecil lighting a candle, he said his mother would like it but I think he was just praying Bob Hitt won't kick our asses for spending all of this money (rooms are $200 a night and the girls are extra) that's a joke, wifes.

SUNDAY. APRIL 25TH
I woke up at 4 a.m. and can't sleep, too hot, so I started writing down notes of the trip.  8 a.m. Pete and I took off again looking at things.  The Paris Marathon is today and it starts just down the street from our hotel. One of the largest races in the world, thousands of runners.  It was neat watching the start.  We then went up on top of the Arch de Thrumpe, great view of Paris.  Time to get our things and board a bus to Charles DeGaulle airport, one of the largest in the world.  On the way we saw a Concord come in for a landing.  This business class is hard to take, we went to a special lounge (all drinks free) to wait for the flight.  Three course meal and all you can drink, they treat you like kings.  Just after take off we went over Normandy Beach (D Day), my sidekick is snoring so loud it is hard to write. He'll wake up and say he didn't fall asleep, "bull shit".  I felt sorry for his wife and I don't know how she can sleep with all that noise.  The plane engines aren't that loud.

GENERAL COMMENTS
Germany people move too slow for Pete and I.  I'd have a heart attack waiting for things to happen.  It is also much more expensive than the U.S.A., very crowded and no extras.  I did feel safe walking around.  Very proud people, the countryside was beautiful.  Peter, Manfred and Mr. Heinke treated us great.  The Rhein river is so polluted, you can't fish in it. Every place serves beer and wine.

Italy, very old everything, very little restored.  Most buildings in need of repair.  The people and countryside seemed very dirty.  Lost of history here but wouldn't go back, with or without "Bryden" there.  He did show us a lot in a short period of time, I thanked him for that and that's all.  The country seems to be 20 to 30 years behind us.

Paris, a super place to visit and very easy to get around.  Could spend a month there and not see it all.  A lot of fun just watching the people. Very clean, safe and very expensive.

I ate wiener schnitzel one night in Germany, very good, I thought of Ron Stendal.

Visited Russian temple in Germany, very impressive. Germany is restoring a lot of old buildings.

Peter's wife said that after 2 days with us she was dreaming in English.

Pete ran into a short post the first day in Germany, his voice was a little higher after that (lost his manhood).

Pete said he had 5 years of French in school, I'd like to see the grade he got (he said they talked too fast for him).

In Paris I tipped a bellhop 2 franks which is equal to 40 cents.  Bigelow would have been proud.  I thought it was worth more.

I wrote most of this on the plane, very bumpy.

JIM DOREY

JD:bw
4/26/93

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