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Paris Journal - Day One

Note:  I've saved a couple of posts waiting until I could figure out French Wi-FI (or as they say, "Wee Fee".  It's all over town, and by day three, I still haven't figured it out.  And Paris has no Apple Store.  So here are the first few posts - I'm hoping to load photos!  So here goes - something, I hope!

This morning, I got off of United Airline's flight 914 looking like your typical jet lagged, disheveled tourist.  And this is a city that does not look kindly on disheveled.  So it was off to the Evers apartment on Rue de Rennes!

I got there and was enchanted by the beautiful architecture, not only of this mid-1800's charmer, but also the buildings all around! 

Then it happened.  I pulled out my key, and it did not open the front door.  Oops!  I noticed a touch pad and then remembered that Donna had given me a code to get in.  Oh well, I would wait a minute until someone came out the door, I would explain my situation in my very best garbled French, and they would let me in. 

An hour later, feeling like a homeless person on the sidewalk, I decided to try to call Donna (it was about six in the morning  in DC) but my I-Phone gave me a "No Service" message! 

What?  I spent half an hour on the phone Sunday getting it set up!  Grrrrr! So I'd have to use a pay phone.  Well, good luck with that one, Pat! The directions are in, guess what???  French!

By a miracle, I found a "Telephone Store" open in Paris on Easter Monday, a major French holiday!  But the clerk didn't speak a syllable of English, and my French was not up to this transaction.  But another customer in the store told me to give her the number.  We went outside and she called Donna for me using some kind of magic, and I got the code to open up the huge wooden doors. 

So my new best friend was on her way to the abbey at St. Germaine for Mass, and she asked if I wanted to go. We did, but got there a bit to late for the services.  But I did take her to lunch at Les Deux Magots, a cool little cafe where famous writers used to hang out.

And thanks to my angel of mercy, I'm inside, no longer a homeless American in Paris.  But I can't get the Mac to pick up the WiFi.  Oh. well, I'll figure it out later!

Comment balloon 18 commentsPatricia Kennedy • April 15 2009 02:45PM



I know someone who went to Paris with no cash....only a bank card. Ends up, there was an electronic glitch and the bank machines were not working. You got it good.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Have a lovely trip! These are the stories that you will laugh about later!

Posted by Ursula Lowther (Keller Williams Realty First Atlanta) over 11 years ago

Pat, enjoy Paris! I hope this is the only clitch on your trip. Great pictures.

Please remember me if you learn of anyone moving to "The OC" and I will do the same!

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors           

(949) 753-7900

Posted by Michael A. Caruso (Surterre Properties) over 11 years ago

Pat - The architecture in Europe is breath taking. I am looking forward to more photos of your trip.  Have fun.

Posted by Judy Jennings, Tap into Judy's real estate expertise & resources. (Top Agent Plus) over 11 years ago

Pat! So glad you landed and are doing well. I am anxiously awaiting the rest of your journal. Have fun!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 11 years ago

Les Deux Magots,

(I sure hope that doesn't mean the Two maggots!)

Posted by Alan May, There's no place like home. (Jameson Sotheby's International Realty) over 11 years ago
Pat, while I love reading your whimsical tales, I really hope you don't spend too much of your vacation blogging from Paris!
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) over 11 years ago

Pat, A little rough patch there but I am sure the rest will be smooth sailing.

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) over 11 years ago

Hi Pat!

PARIS!  It looks so beautiful, forget about the wifi, go eat some chocolate and dine on the magnificent food! Have fun!


Posted by Lisa Udy, Logan Utah Realtor ( Platinum Real Estate Group) over 11 years ago


I think I'll enjoy this travelogue of yours...!!! BTW, How do you say 'spell check' in French...??? LOL, Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Tourist tip. The more french wine you drink, the more fluent you will become in the native language. Always worked for me!

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Oh, Pat, you are making me jealous. I loved the Left Bank adn the whole St. Germaine de Pres area. Le Deux Magots is well worht the visit, but it is a tad touristy. But you have to go becuase it is so famous (infamous?). Still can't believe you are spending this time posting. No shopping? No chocolates? No museums? I'm waiting for the pics from the Eiffel Tower - get to the top before the sun starts setting - at sunset with lights coming on it is truly magical.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Sounds like a great start to a wonderful adventure.

Posted by James Downing - Metro DC Houses Team REALTORS®, CRS, GRI, ABR,MRP, MilRes, When Looking to Buy or Sell - Make the Right Move (Real Living | At Home) over 11 years ago

Pat - Oh my! Off to a not so good start. It can only get better!

Posted by Carol Culkin, ReeceNichols, Overland Park Residential Real Estate (ReeceNichols Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Pat - Hope your birthday is or has been fabulous. (Which day is it BTW?)

Posted by Ed Schneider, Washington DC Real Estate Specialist (Evers & Co. Real Estate Inc.) over 11 years ago

Patricia - It looks like you found a good Samaritan...Thanks for sharing your trip!  :)

Posted by Debi Ernst, GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate (St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors) over 11 years ago

Hi Pat...I'm just starting to read your Paris series.  How wonderful.

We always stayed at a little bed and breakfast in sight of St. Germaine when we would visit Paris. 

I have a friend that went to Antarctica with me and would like to travel some more.  I believe I will suggest France to her.  Just thinking about you over there has me ready to see Paris again.

I'm so happy for you.


Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 11 years ago

I've been so busy I haven't been around here lately and I'm so happy to find all your Paris posts, can't wait to read them all!

Posted by Krista Fuchs, Chester County Realtor - (484) 459-8025 - Home Buying and Selling (Prudential Fox & Roach) over 11 years ago