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    Hey Tom, while in Paris, did you make the trip up to Montmartre to see the Dali Museum? It's always one of my favorite things about Paris. That and taking boat rides all along La Seine.
    We went to Montmartre but didn't go to the Dali museum. Montmartre is so cool though.
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    I loved Venice, it was my favorite of the whole trip. I had heard that it was dirty and smelly but did not find it that way in the least. I was surprised. maybe they've been trying to clean the place up? I dunno.
    Good to hear - it is too beautiful and unique of a place to let slip...
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    I just realized Tom actually mentioned his wife in this thread. I have never ever seen him do that before.
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    also in Paris we ran into some friends from PHX. that was really weird. had no idea they were there, we just saw them walking down the street. that may have been the weirdest thing ever.
    that would be very weird indeed.
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    i love your vacation.
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    Thank you for the report and the pictures. You've definitely convinced me that the one night I spent in Paris wasn't enough. I'm jealous of everything except the luggage troubles and sorry you missed the Uffizzi. Have you been there before?

    As much as I want to see some of the other places you mentioned, at this point I want to get back to Florence more than anything. That is what I'm shooting for next Summer.

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    If he was inside it, how could he take a picture of it?
    you've won this round Hannah....but it's not over by a long shot!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomAz View Post
    also in Paris we ran into some friends from PHX. that was really weird. had no idea they were there, we just saw them walking down the street. that may have been the weirdest thing ever.
    i had an experience like that while backpacking through europe for 3 months back in '02. i was on a river cruise on the danube in budapest and heard a couple mention living in lake forest here in cali. i live in newport so i struck up a conversation with them, turns out they are neighbors of a good friend of mine. random.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bartelby View Post
    Good to hear - it is too beautiful and unique of a place to let slip...
    i stopped by there and ended up staying about 36 hours during a trip to europe, that was all that was really needed to take in the city. i wish i would have spent some time on a couple of the other islands in the area, but venice was pretty expensive.

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    What did you eat Tom?
    Whiskey Sour

    2 oz blended whiskey
    Juice of 1/2 lemon
    1/2 tsp powdered sugar
    1 cherry
    1/2 slice lemon

    Shake blended whiskey, juice of lemon, and powdered sugar with ice and strain into a whiskey sour glass. Decorate with the half-slice of lemon, top with the cherry, and serve.

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    Hey Tom. Welcome back. So hey, did they seem to make a big deal over the new Harry Potter book over there? Or are they sick of the whole thing already? I am wondering if this is purely an American phenomenon at this point. Thanks.

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    in London they have Potter fever as bad if not worse than here. lots of the buses had ads for the movie. the book was everywhere. Interestinly the cover art in europe is different than in the US, Harry looks more macho and less of a wimp over there.

    in Paris at the airport a German girl saw my older daughter reading book 7 and approached her and they started talking about all things Potter. the girl said she couldn't wait til book 7 came out in German translation.

    and I saw the book for sale -- in English -- all over Italy.

    so yeah I think it's pretty popular there.
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    Eat any off-the-wall foods? ala Anthony Bordain.
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    What did you eat Tom?
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    Eat any off-the-wall foods? ala Anthony Bordain.
    nothing terribly bizarre, no. Moules frites in Paris. grilled sardines in venice. Pasta in squid ink also in venice.
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    i've done the squid ink pasta in venice too, thought overall it was a letdown as far as interesting foods go. how did you feel about it?
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    looks beautiful! i'm so jealous!

    and it's weird running into people you know in places you wouldn't expect. i'm facinated with stories like that. in fact, i'm starting a thread about it...
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    I missed Tom very much. I am not ashamed to say that. Also, I wish Jack and York would post more too. We are sorely lacking in dynamic, relevant political/sociological discussions lately.

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    I think york is busy on the ACL board..at least I see him often.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miscorrections View Post
    i've done the squid ink pasta in venice too, thought overall it was a letdown as far as interesting foods go. how did you feel about it?
    it was ok. nothing special.
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    Tom check your PM
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomAz View Post
    I went to the Sistine Chapel, I think that qualifies as good art. Also the Musee Rodin in Paris (pic #4 above) and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice (last pic).
    did you go to Musee d'Orsay?? it is amazing.

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    I did not go to the Musee d'Orsay. Three times in Paris now, all three times intending to go, and I've not made it. We were going to go our last day, this past trip, and in fact had gotten within a block of it when we decided to have lunch and watch the end of the Tour de France instead.

    I will admit now to a bit of heresy, though: other than Van Gogh, I'm not big on impressionism. Cezanne, Monet, Manet, Renoir, Degas.. meh. Dunno why, well yes I guess I do, but I much prefer stuff that came before or after.
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    hope you had a good time Tom. your pictures seem to hint that you have a pretty awesome camera and a good eye for pictures.

    didnt read this entire thread so sorry if im asking what was already asked but, did you go to or have you ever been to ireland?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomAz View Post
    Lost Luggage story: condensed version

    ...

    The other three bags are still missing. US Air still doesn't know where they are. Time to treat them as gone for good and file a claim for compensation.
    Update for those curious, or who like train wrecks..

    as noted in the original post, Bag #1 showed up the day after we got home. Aug 6.

    Bag #2 (mine) showed up later that same week, Aug 10. All they did was call me and say "we have your bag, where should it be delivered".

    Bag #3 (older daughter's) showed up the following week, on Aug 15.

    and I just now got a call from baggage handling at Charles de Gaulle in Paris, saying they have Bag #4 (younger daughter's) and will send it over tonight.

    meanwhile I have filed a claim with US Air for over $2000 in expenses incurred because of the lost bags (not the bags themselves). We'll see how that goes. They did send us some travel vouchers, give them that.
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    I read this article in last weekend's Sunday Times and thought of your situation.

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    Yeah, that article certainly rings true for me.

    also, marookoo, I have never been to Ireland, but it is 'on the list'.

    My camera is nothing fancy, it's just this:
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomAz View Post
    Yeah, that article certainly rings true for me.

    also, marookoo, I have never been to Ireland, but it is 'on the list'.

    My camera is nothing fancy, it's just this:
    well its nicer than mine and you have a good eye for photos and/or your wife does.

    i think we're gonna try to go to ireland in 08'. then im going with my dad to ecuador in 09'. we're, talking about it but it depends on whether or not we move. might be 09' and 10' respectively if we move.

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    Nice pics and story Tom - I hope you enjoyed London.

    Harry Potter is huge here yeah.

    It's funny you call Primark "crappy"; check this out: http://business.guardian.co.uk/story/0,,2050989,00.html

    I lost my bags when I flew to LA a couple of years ago, cause of a tight connection in Atlanta. Luckily I only had to wait 48 hours to have them delivered to me, but it still sucked not having my own clothes or toiletries for two days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stefinitely Maybe View Post
    Nice pics and story Tom - I hope you enjoyed London.

    Harry Potter is huge here yeah.

    It's funny you call Primark "crappy"; check this out: http://business.guardian.co.uk/story/0,,2050989,00.html

    I lost my bags when I flew to LA a couple of years ago, cause of a tight connection in Atlanta. Luckily I only had to wait 48 hours to have them delivered to me, but it still sucked not having my own clothes or toiletries for two days.
    Yes, that's the Primark we were in. The paper sacks, while perhaps environmentally friendly, do not fare well in the rain. I know this from personal experience. Fortunately, Selfridge's is just down the street.
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    Anyone know who the guy in the Cardinals jersey is? I've seen him in pictures on the board and I thought I saw him this year.

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    According to an eerily specific marketing analysis of people that have my last name I would shop at Sainsburys. Though that's just a grocery store.

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