Monthly Archive: July 2011

Jul 30 2011

Paris wrap-up and back in T.O.

It feels good to be back, home. My bird (Punch) was happy to see us back, the gardens are doing well (thanks Joan!) and the flight was uneventful. I’m under the weather, having picked up some bug in our last days in Paris. Fortunately my sinuses didn’t close up until after the flight, otherwise it …

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Jul 27 2011

Paris… trip 5 of 5

I’ll follow up my teaser of bus photos with a short report from Paris… this is the last night here, we’ll be on a flight back to Toronto in the morning. I’ll circle back to fill in the 3 trips between (Pyrenees, Provence and the Alpes) once I’m back home. Riding in Paris Paris; I …

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Jul 26 2011

Buses of le Tour

One of the many stories of this trip is based on the many campers and buses that form a part of the experience. I’ve gone through my photos and picked out a small gallery of bus photos… most are VWs, the ones that aren’t are still part of the story and experience. Here are a …

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Jul 25 2011

Three Trips later…

How time flies… I had meant to write and post here the way I’ve always written in journals when I travel (daily) and find myself at this end of le Tour with lots of untold stories and only a few more days left in Paris. I’m sitting, listening to the traffic on Rue St. Michel …

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Jul 13 2011

A “Then and Now” Moment

It was an early day alright… and a lot of cool and wet weather for driving. Wim and I had made plans to get close to Paris to meet so the three buses would head down together and the meeting point was a gas station near Assevillers. I got there in good time, and pulled …

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Jul 12 2011

Well, I’m here. Here I am.

Day two of being in Europe, and there has been a lot packed into them. Today will be even busier, my alarm is set for 3:50AM so I’m not going to make this a long post. I do expect to have more time (and more stories to tell) once the actual trip has started and …

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Jul 10 2011

T = Today

I’m still packing, still wrapping my mind around leaving for Europe today, arriving Monday. Wim has already given me the “bad news” that my hours are filling without me having a say (of course I would say yes, Wim knows that). Still a little left in the bottle from last year, until later today! Today …

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Jul 09 2011

Almost time to fly…

I’m really glad this trip came together, it was a let-down when the April trip to Belgium fell through. Things seem to happen for reasons though, and this is certainly a great trip to offset that disappointment. Wim and I have been talking through the nitty-gritty over the past few days and I like how …

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Jul 08 2011

Ready? No. Set? No. GO (regardless!)

Thursday is almost done, I have less than 3 days before I fly and I’m very much not ready… That’s not all bad, I do like to think things through and then act on the sum of the thoughts. This feels later than usual though… I’m still imagining and visualizing the packed bag, that’s something …

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Jul 06 2011

Back, for a brief “visit” home

Home! I never expected this to be as busy a job as it’s become. And I am totally enjoying it.Note: The photos I’ve put up here are mostly from this Picasa gallery, you’re welcome to look through all of them. When I sat down to put an entry up on Friday I knew it would …

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