A day in Paris

Trip Start Mar 14, 2013
Trip End Apr 05, 2013

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Hotel Ibis

Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Thursday, April 4, 2013

Thursday I wanted to sleep in but I woke up early in spite of myself: jet lag. I had a wonderful hot shower and a nice French breakfast of fruit pastry and coffee, and worked in my room for a few hours. Then I caught the RER regional train into Paris. The trips take half an hour to 45 minutes. I detrained at the huge Chatelet station and had a walk through the large FNAC bookstore to check on any recent books that might be useful to our publications. I try always to stay abreast of new publication on societal issues, family issues, geopolitical expositions that can make our writing more current in French. This time the main theme present was the rise of support for homo-sexual marriage. There was quite an extensive section of books on that; all of them that I could see were in favor. What a sea change we've undergone in the West over just the past few years.

At noon I made my way over a few metro stops to a restaurant where I met Alex for lunch and conversation. I had the privilege of baptizing him a few years back and we often try to get together for a meal when I come through Paris. He’s suggested a place called L’Epouvantail (the Scarecrow), but it wasn’t scary at all; on the contrary. We both had a mushroom and cream salad for the first course and pollock (fish) on a bed of mashed vegetables. Both were delicious. As we ate we caught up on all the news both personal and church and discussed events in the world and other items helpful to our mutual faith.

When Alex headed back to work (French workers often get up to two hours off for lunch - and then work later), I went to the gigantic Louvre Museum, which used to be a royal palace, to shoot some photos of new Ancient Near-East exhibits that I intend to use to illustrate some lectures for my Daniel and Revelation module at Foundation Institute, which will start Monday. The Louvre has some artifacts from Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylon, and many from the succeeding Persian periods. It’s fascinating to see some of these items and think, "the Prophet Daniel probably saw this wall panel in his day." I hope some of these photos will add interest to my lectures.

I caught a train back to the hotel by the airport and will have a light dinner and turn in early, at the end of these longs trips the fatigue has accumulated and I don’t have much trouble sleeping.

Tomorrow, if all goes as planned I’ll fly home and enjoy being reunited with my wonderful wife.
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Mary Hendren on

Hi Joel,

Hope by now you are safely home and enjoying a brief rest before you begin teaching Daniel and Revelation. What amazing artifacts in the Louvre. They make history a little more real to us. Daniel had an incredible challenge as he served God in the environment of Babylon. Thanks again for the great photos and commentary.



Hooray! Your trip is almost over! What a trip that was! I like your statement about "our mutual faith" when you were with Alex. That's nice to know about him. I hope we'll have access to your future lectures at the FI online classes. We'd love to see those photos tie in with your lectures.

Thanks Mr. Meeker for taking us along these trips! It was a wonderful experience! Your wife is to be praised for her dedication to you and to our mutual faith!

Barbara Anderson on

Mr. Meeker, thank you for sharing the trip with us via the blog, it is very interesting to read and helps us pray for your safety and the brethren in Africa etc. I Appreciate your taking the time to keep us updated. Barbara

Ken on

Thanks for sharing yet another interesting trip to serve God's people in the French-speaking parts of the world. By now I hope you're home enjoying your family once again!

Mary Coffman on

Just wanted to say Thank you for your wonderful Blogs and for looking out for God's people in the far corners of the world. I'm sure there is a bit of adventure but there is a great deal of danger to you and your health. May God continue to bless all your efforts.

Janice Smith on

Mr. Meeker, Just thought I would let you know that the exploiting of Budget Rental is also in the US, with Enterprise. In Escondido, while at the Feast, I rented a car to drive to visit my brother in Sunset Beach. The tank was 1/4th full, and I know how hard it is to make it 1/4th full again. I complained when I got back and they gave me a card with a free upgrade. But it will probably still be the same. Sorry you have to put up with things like that. Your trips seems hard enough without dealing with those problems.

I love your blogs, and am trying to come up with a way to help those over there. Other than prayers, I guess money would be the best. I'll try to be more supportive.

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