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Adventrapaneur, International Investor, Acclaimed Writer/photographer Famous Adventure Guide,Professional
Vacationeer,Birdwatcher, Girl watcher, Pseudo Surfer,Souvenir Addict, Famous Foodie,Recovering Cervezaholic, aesthete. Now guzzles Pinot Noir. Senior Manager in the corporate world for 32 years. Seventeen years ago took his pager and cell phone into the desert and blew them apart with a colt 45. Spends his day listening to surf music, playing tennis. eating bon bons, watching soap operas, and playing tennis with doctor's wives that resemble Nancy Sinatra in her go go boots.
Married 48 yrs ago for fun, not parting until he has some! 2 sons and 2 grandchildren. Studied linguistics at ASU. Se Habla Espanol.Travel resume includes over 60 countries, all US States, most Canadian Provinces and Mexican States. Visited 44 of 58 US National Parks.All wonders of the world. He has been everywhere! Logged over 6500 miles in the Grand Canyon. Climbed most of the highest peaks in each of the Western States.Attended 590Rock Concerts. Memorable was Billy Joel and Elton John in Dublin Ireland, The Who in Vienna, You're So Vain was written about him not Warren Beatty.
We just returned from an exciting French vacation lasting 24 days.
-Paris on Bastille day and the finish of the Tour De France
We rented a car to tour the wine regions and Normandy. After all, we had previously driven all over the UK and Ireland on the opposite side of the road. How tough could this be?
Only Slightly!!!! On the way out of Paris I was stopped by the Police- After observing my "deer eyes" the insightful Policeman offered the following revelation------"Be very careful driving in Paris, It is very dangerous!"
I felt much better after that.
On the Paris Ring Road my navigator quit! Gerry-"I'm Done!" Lobo- "Gerry you can't quit!!!""
On Juno Beach Normandy (Canadian Invasion) the Tour Guide's comment on driving in and out of Paris-"Now that's a sport!"
Our way out resembled this video from Chevy Chase's European Vacation Movie.
Coming back into Paris was slightly less stressful . We went right through the eye of the hurricane, down the 6 lanes of the Champs Elysees to the Sienne River and only a couple of circles before landing at Avis . (Motor scooter to the left, Motorcycle to the right)-Holy Shit!!! look Out!!!!!
I am too tired to do a full report. I will forward more PICS later.
Here is the highlight of the trip for me. The Sewers of Paris.
Gerry enjoying herself underground. The sights and smells were a feast for the senses.
Thirty nine years ago I took Gerry on a date to the Reno Fair. There, a haunting voice on a loudspeaker kept repeating over and over. "Come see the rat from the sewers of Paris"
It put us in a trance and we went in to see this rat. (It cost a quarter-Gerry paid) The rat was a huge disturbing spectacle that left a life long horrific impression on both of us. I mean, it was bigger than a porcupine. I have had many nightmares since, each one has that rat's beady eyes staring ay me.
We both felt that the only way to rid ourselves of this terrifying vision was to travel to Paris, address our fears head on, and educate ourselves on the rat's habitat.