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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.

World Heritage Sites and Me

30 May

On our recent New Mexico trip, we drove to the Taos Pueblo, which is a Unesco World Heritage site. As we stood in the rain and looked at it, I wondered a couple of things.

First, why did this pueblo get picked over the Acoma Pueblo? In my opinion, there needs to be a recount.

Second, how many World Heritage sites have I visited?Unesco

I cannot answer the first question, but I can dang sure answer the second one. Here is the list by country.


Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison


Cologne Cathedral

Upper Middle Rhine Valley

Holy See

Vatican City


Historic Center of Rome, the Property of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and Sao Paulo Fuori le Mura

Venice and its Lagoon


City of Luxembourg: its Old Quarters and Fortifications


Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza


Seventeenth-Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam Inside the Singelgracht


Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey including Saint Margaret’s Church

Tower of London

United States of America

Mesa Verde National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

Independence Hall

Kluane/Wrangell-St. Elias/Glacier Bay/Tatshenshini-Alsek

Redwood National and State Parks

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Statue od Liberty

Yosemite National Park

Chaco Culture

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville

Taos Pueblo

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Waterton Glacier International Peace Park