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Another fabulous testimonial for our tours, merci, Sandi! "My husband and I have been to Paris many times and are always seeking new and great adventures! My favorite book on Paris is “Paris Paris” by David Downie. He is an author and at times, if you are lucky, he will agree to be your guide. We shared an absolutely fascinating afternoon with David at Pere Lachaise Cemetery where the likes of Chopin, Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde lie, along with many companions. David knows so much about so many Pere Lachaise residents. . . and brings each to life with his wonderful tales. I cannot wait to find another adventure to go on with David. It truly gives you the “insider’s look” into Paris, and I would highly recommend him to anyone who loves the City of Light."—Sandi Kallenberg
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The trek continues... to Asquins, near Vezelay, once important, now abandoned (but worth the detour)
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Don't tell me you don't know who Sainte Eugenia was! And the tale of Saint Martin and the Pagan's sacred tree? Read all about it... some pretty racy stuff... as told on the carved capitals of the Basilica of Mary Magdalene in Vezelay... this is part 10... the adventure continues...
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Here's part 8 of my ongoing series about our across-France trek on Roman roads and pilgrimage routes... as skeptic pilgrims... we meet "the friends of Compostela" and learn about the reinvention of the old pilgrimage routes... colorful (fanatical?) characters...
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This is part five of my ongoing series about trekking across France on pilgrimage routes and ancient Roman roads... here we are, nearly in Vezelay, ready to go... it's raining and we're almost done in by a helpful if reckless French driver... bonne route!
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Thank you, John, and thanks so much for sharing!
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Latest praise for our Paris, Paris tours: "David, thank you for an amazing day.  As a couple who have visited Paris many times and thought we had seen it all, our day with you was a wonderful trip into the history, architecture, people and uniqueness of Paris.  We learned things we never knew, saw things we had never seen and experienced Paris in a new way.  I don't think we'll ever forget going underground in St. Germain to stumble upon remnants of Paris' medieval walls, adjacent to neatly parked cars of course.  We both found ourselves re-reading your 'Paris,Paris' book reliving our day on the flight home.  Thank you again and we look forward to our next visit!"—John and Karen Gerstel
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Musings on finitude, the Crusaders who inspired Dubya, pilgrimage and the beauty of La Cordelle, an unsung Franciscan chapel edging Vezelay... this is part 11 of the continuing series on our trek across France.
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Paris four in my continuing series on trekking across France. Here we ride from Paris to Sermizelles, near Vezelay, on a toy train... encounters! This is the unexpurgated material that went into the bestselling book "Paris to the Pyrenees."
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I figured out WordPress—there is a way to upload audio, it turns out. The feature was added by WordPress a year ago or so. Just use the “add media” tab when you’re composing your post. I love audio files.
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My favorite classic, family-run trattoria in Rome! Excellent everything including the humanity of the experience. If I can only eat out once when in town this is where I go. See my full review in Food Wine Rome, the critically acclaimed Terroir Guide, available at all fine bookstores and on line.
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