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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Summer vacation

We've returned to Paris after spending two months in the U.S. The trip to Colorado wasn't all fun and games; we spent a lot of time in doctor's offices. I had some more minor reconstructive surgery following my bout of breast cancer last December, and I am happy to report that all is well on the health front.

Patrice also had a close brush with the American medical establishment. He sprained a knee on the 4th of July and also spent many hours with doctors and medical tests. Fortunately, our travel insurance covered his medical expenses which otherwise would have cost many thousands of dollars.
 He is better now, but the knee pain limited his movement and spoiled some of his fun.

One of the highlights of our vacation was a road trip to California when we took my mother to visit her 89 yr-old sister in San Diego. We took the southern route from Colorado, passing through New Mexico, stopping along the historic Route 66 in Albuquerque.
Elaine and Mom in Route 66 diner in Albuquerque

Then, a stop in Tucson, Arizona  to visit the "boneyard" at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base where thousands of military aircraft are stored. Planes, such as the B52 below, are sealed with latex coverings to keep out the heat and dust of the Arizona desert and are maintained in a flight-ready status.

Our stop in Tucson also included a visit to Saguaro National Park just before sunset.
 Complete with a sighting of a rare, well-camouflaged Gila monster.


  1. So good to see that Europe au pif is back in business! Great pics, love the one of you and your Mom. I see where you get your very youthful looks!

  2. enfin des histoires ...
    j attendais avec impatience, bon la suite ??? hop ????
    bisoux tout les deux

  3. I have always wanted to go to Europe for vacation, it seems like it would be so much fun. My family and I love sight seeing and going to historical attractions, so Europe would be perfect. However, this summer we decided to do a Cape Cod Summer Rental because of the beautiful beaches and great food. There were also some nice historical preserves we were able to see.