He Went to Paris

28 Jun

For a while, I have been planning a European trip for my family. It will begin in Barcelona. Then, we will cruise to Marseille, which I have wanted to visit since I first saw a Derek Flint movie. After that, we will travel to Florence, Rome and Pompeii. Once we are off the ship, we will go to Paris, which has been my stepdaughter’s dream.

Except, none of that is going to happen. Last week, I was stricken with a medical emergency and needed a procedure. Most of it is over, but we have decided to cancel our trip. I was not comfortable being that far away from my doctor. I understand that there are great hospitals in Europe, but there are times when it feels better closer to home.

Tonight, we started the cancelation process, which I am sure will take a while. We have travel insurance, but you know how insurance companies can be. I am sure there is some subparagraph somewhere that turns it their way.

Anyway, I am bummed. I am disappointed, and, although they are saying it is alright, I know my family is also disappointed. I promised to take my stepdaughter to Paris, and I am keeping that promise. I just cannot keep it this year.

The title is misleading. He is not going to Paris. we are only left with the words of a Jimmy Buffett song. Actually, I like this Waylon Jennings version better.Waylon

He went to Paris
Looking for answers
To questions that bothered him so

He was impressive
Young and aggressive
Savin’ the world on his own
But the warm summer breezes
The French wines and cheeses
Put his ambition at bay
His summers and winters
Scattered like splinters
And four to five years slipped away

There will be no warm summer breezes nor French wines and cheeses for us. Well, unless we buy some at the grocery store. However, we will get to Paris and Barcelona and Marseille and Florence and Rome and Pompeii. I have a promise to keep.

16 Responses to “He Went to Paris”

  1. Marilyn Armstrong June 28, 2016 at 02:06 #

    Paris isn’t going anywhere. Don’t give up. You may just get there a little later than planned. I’m rooting for you. One of us needs to go to Paris. It isn’t going to be me, so it has to be you.

    • Rick June 28, 2016 at 03:18 #

      I’m going to make it. Afterwards, I’ll tell you all about it.

  2. Bantering Ram June 28, 2016 at 03:32 #

    Oh, man! I hope things get sorted out soon and well. Take care, Rick. I will look forward to your account of your travel in Europe when that happens.

    • Rick June 28, 2016 at 03:37 #

      Thanks. I will write all about it.

  3. spearfruit June 28, 2016 at 15:39 #

    Such a disappointment I know, I hope all is well with you! And Paris will be there for another time, another trip! Be well! 🙂

    • Rick June 29, 2016 at 15:24 #

      I will be alright. It’s just a bummer that it hit right now.

  4. thehistorytourist June 28, 2016 at 20:51 #

    Sorry you’re having some health set-backs. But — there will always be Paris.

    • Rick June 29, 2016 at 15:25 #

      Thanks. Rick Blaine thinks we will always have Paris.

  5. jcalberta June 29, 2016 at 03:41 #

    In Paris Texas they have a small replica of the Eiffel Tower … with a cowboy hat on top.
    Ya, I know it’s not the same.
    Hope you’re OK.

    • Rick June 29, 2016 at 15:25 #

      Thanks. There is a replica of the Eiffel is Paris, Tennessee, too.

  6. John June 29, 2016 at 12:53 #

    Medial emergencies are such a buzzkill. For now you’ll just have to paraphrase Bogie,”We’ll always have Paris…in the future.” Feel better.

    • Rick June 29, 2016 at 15:26 #

      Thanks. I’m feeling better already. Paris has been there a long time. It will probably be there for another year or two.

  7. Lunar Euphoria June 29, 2016 at 15:39 #

    Ouch — Wishing you a speedy recovery.

    • Rick June 30, 2016 at 02:17 #


  8. sittingpugs June 29, 2016 at 22:28 #

    Hope you heal well and swiftly.

    • Rick June 30, 2016 at 02:17 #

      Thank you

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