Overcoming post-holiday blahs

Dec. 31: Travel. OK, I realize that’s my solution to almost anything, but Jan gets to travel. She’s going to Charlotte (NC) for four days of professional meetings and I was envious. So, I will go to Paris (France) for the same four days. My cure for winter boredom.

I will do restaurants, cafes, see some first run movies in the great theaters on the Champs Elysees. I won’t run into many tourists.

I will meet Frans Schuursma for morning coffee. He is the real life Franz in The Long Road to Paris and we share a favorite brassiere, La Terrasse, on the left bank. He lives on his boat on the Seine across from the Eiffel Tower.

A warning: Travelocity’s travel agents are “outsourced”, and the first agent I dealt with scheduled my travel with a 22 hour layover in Philadelphia and another overnight stay again in Charlotte on the return. Obviously, we weren’t understanding each other. Two days to get to Paris and two more to get home? Come on, I’m not going by an ocean steamer, this is air travel. What was this guy thinking???? It literally took all afternoon yesterday to get that mess corrected and then they still wanted to charge me the fee for booking through them. I did get that taken off.

Today I will work on getting a hotel in the 7th arrondissement of Paris where I want to stay. I wasn’t about to take Travelocity’s suggestion that they book the hotel for me. Probably a Best Western and I’ll call them directly. There are three well located so IF by any chance there is rain this time of year in Paris, I won’t have far to walk to a metro or bus stop. I don’t want to sleep on a park bench, and the bus stop shelters are usually taken up by others due to the European economic conditions!

Now Jan, I realize you will be busy and have colleagues to be with while I wander the streets and cafes in Paris, but I have to do something while you’re away! Who knows, maybe I’ll even write.


About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Spring of 2016 we travelled 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies and in the fall participated in our most exhausting rally through Argentina, Chili and Peru- the Rally of the Incas. We were awarded the Against All Odds award. We're still not sure if this was for us or our car. Stewball never broke down and we hardly did. We will soon take on Iceland as a self-drive tour and in the fall of 2017 we will participate in the Odyssey Italia and then back to Africa for a do-over (almost) of the Africa Safari Challenge.
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1 Response to Overcoming post-holiday blahs

  1. TBC says:

    Oh, you poor dear, Ed. Tough going. Of course, you will miss something special back here in HB! We’ll take care of Jan!

    Bon voyage et bon appetit!

    La Comptesse Nu-pieds

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