Author: Paul

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I’m going through my pictures of Paris. I’ve pulled out a few here. In looking at them, I thought: Were it not for the Eiffel Tower, you’d never have a clue, other than the title, of where these were taken … and I’m very much OK with that. I spent my first full day in France in the 19th arrondissement. Paris is divided into 20 sections called arrondissements. The 19th, kind of on the outskirts, is fairly far away from any…

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“I paid $3,000 (£2,000) to leave Egypt, risked my life on a boat to Italy spending days at sea,” Karim said. “In one month in Calais, I’ve tried 20 times to stow away in lorries to England, always dragged out by police. I don’t want English taxpayers’ money, I respect England and the way Churchill handled a terrible war. I just want a decent life. But what really kills me is this awful bit of land where I’ve had to…

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So, I drove from Manchester, England to Heathrow Airport, some 200 miles – no issues, using Google Maps on my phone to get directions. I call the voice, Chatty Cathy, or just Cathy, for short. Cathy had been giving me good directions, though sometimes she can be a little vague in her directions if you’re only listening and not looking at the map. I didn’t bring my phone holder, so I couldn’t see the map. Her idea of “slight left”…

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I was going to tell this story as one long narrative, but decided against it. Instead, I’ll pull out bits and pieces that I found humorous … or that I find humorous now, but perhaps not such then. 😀 After a very long travel day that started with a hunt to find a taxi, continued with a late departing bus that we thought we may have missed, a strike by French (always!) ferry workers, and a ride through the Chunnel…

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It had been a long day trying to get from Paris to London via bus and train; however, we finally made it around 9:30 in the evening. When we were just a few blocks from Victoria Coach Station, a cricket match had just let out from The Kia Oval. The streets were swarming with cricket fans – who knew there was such a thing! 😉 Our driver handled it quite professionally, and navigated through the river of people without incident…

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It’s nearly 10:00 PM here in Manchester, England. Tomorrow, I head home … back to life; back to reality. I’m taking a few quiet moments here. I’m feeling extremely grateful, quite full of gratitude. I’ve had the opportunity to visit 3 countries that I’d never been to: France, England, and Wales. I’ve experienced a number of things, got to speak a little bit of French, and some Spanish! I met some of Vanessa’s friends, and have seen things that I’ve…

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