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Italy - France Journal
June 18 to July 4, 1998

Day Thirteen: Tuesday, June 30, 1998

The last time I saw Paris
Her heart was warm and gay
I heard the laughter of her heart in
Ev'ry street café.
- Oscar Hammerstein II

Barry left the room at 8:30 a.m. for work and would not be back until 11 p.m. tonight. He attended meetings, etc., all day and was treated to three gourmet meals and a casino night. Interestingly enough, a big screen TV was brought into the banquet room during dinner so everyone could watch the World Cup match between England and Argentina while they ate. A large portion of the attendees were British and would not have attended the dinner had there not been a way to watch the game. Priorities!

Meanwhile, Flora walked into town - five minutes walk - and found a boulangerie and a grocery store where she bought fixins for lunch - a baguette, cheese, fruit and juice. No one spoke English in this town - not even one word, but they were exceptionally nice to foreigners. She then passed the train station and, wondering where the train went, she went in to inquire. Twenty minutes later, Flora was on the train to Paris, where she spent an enjoyable five hours admiring her favorite monuments, eating ice cream, relaxing by the fountains in front of the Louvre and window shopping for couture clothing on Avenue Montaigne, for Baccarat and Lalique crystal on Rue Royale, for Limoges on Rue de Rivoli and for tacky souvenirs on the Champs Elysses. Flora does not even need a map in Paris anymore. After buying a baguette sandwich and a pain au chocolat in Paris, she caught the train for the 60 minute trip back to Boutigny, where she enjoyed her dinner in the room while watching Argentina vs. England, then Romania vs. Croatia. At 9 p.m., she set out to explore the grounds of the chateau (it doesn't get dark until after 10:30pm). Barry returned at about 11pm to say he would only work half a day on Wednesday.