A Fairy Tale, pt II

France during mid-March is generally in the mid-40's and 50's, with alternating periods of rain and sunshine. The crisp fresh air was a welcome respite from the hot muggy air of home. Our little band of adventurers were not the only ones to take advantage of Paris' charms in early spring......thousands of American high school kids had the same idea, and were everywhere.

The mom and her kids walked all over Paris , seeing the sights. (One the mom's famous jokes has always been that her greatest weight-loss plan is to go to Paris, and eat all she wants , and come home 5 pounds thinner. She calls this the "Uncle Bill walks you to death weight loss plan." )

These lucky kids got to visit museums and gardens - here, walking up to the Louvre , from the Tuilleries.

When they got tired of all that walking, there was always a nice little cafe nearby to sit down and have a cup of coffee.

Every time she comes to Paris, the mom feels it is important to make a homage to the ( reconstructed, it must be noted for purists ) famous hangout of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Joyce, the Murphys, Gertrude Stein, and all the other famous American writers and ex patriots.

Buying berets proved not only to be a great souvenir choice, but practical too - warm, lightweight, crushable, and water- repellent.

While posing for all the classic tourist photos, it is important to remember to have a little fun, too.

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