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Trip Start Feb 21, 2007
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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Well after running around frantically to get some chocolate in Brussles on a Sunday (which believe me isn't easy on a holiday weekend nearing full out high season with basically everyone and their mother strolling around...geez), I scored a €15 seat on the high-speed TGV train back to Paris.  Then after the final couple days of incessant cloudiness/humidity/rain and recouperating from my cold (I think my body decided to go home last week!) I've been back on my feet again, bumming around Paris.  I finally checked out the Père Lachaise cemetary, and yes people, there really are quite a few more notables buried there than just Jim Morrison already! (and his isn't even that interesting after all that).  It is quite a large cemetary, and actually it was disappointing to be reassured that the majority of artists I wanted to see had rather humble grave........ok Isadora Duncan, for example, was cremated, put in a box in a wall with her name on it, and well, that's about it.  Sure made Jim's grave look ritzy.  Although in fairness Edith Piaf's, Gertrude Stein's and Vincenzo Bellini's were decent enough, though it was clear you had to have died in a war against Nazi's or be someone like Oscar Wilde (his was covered in lipstick mouths....yes, really) to get much recognition here.  And apparently Aislinn needs to improve her Italian or French (or both) because it must've been just a memorial or something I saw in Catania about Bellini.... according to his grave in this cemetary, he was born in Catania, Sicily, but died near Paris.
Nerd Alert.  I also got to check out the Camac harp showroom where a very nice lady let me mess arond on the harps for a good hour or so, and gave me all sorts of info on their harps (which are really nice by the way, and not all that expensive! hmmmm).  It was crazy talking with her thoguh, because she was like, well, you know (I didn't) Isabella Moretti teaches at là Conservatoire de la Musique just a few blocks away from here, and she happens to be married to the owner of Camac harps!  crazy!  Oh yeah and she comes over to the showroom all the time.  Heads up: Isabella Moretti is arguably one of the best pedal harpists in the world, and I *believe* either helps run or judge or something the International Harp Competition.  coooolllllll.

Other fun adventures included me getting to practice my French finally with Georges as we stroll around various Parisian quarters in the evening and get ice-cream, and today I got to meet up with a friend and her family that I met back in Santorini.  This involved one feisty attention-craving 5 yr old, an artsy and chatty 12 yr old, and their mom (their dads out on business) doing an admirable job of keeping the two from killing each other while making and later eating dinner.  Impressive!  I joked with her though that it's interesting the kids know how far to go because the more things she says to them in Japanese than in French to them, the more trouble they're likely getting themselves into (the mom's Japanese).  It's like, uh oh, don't make her talk in Japanese, now we're gonna get it!  But they are still great kids and it was nice to catch up with them again before moving on again....
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