Paris and Brussels, December 2001
This was my second trip to Paris
and what would turn out to be the first of five trips to the city of
lights in 2002. Through the magic of Jay Higa, I was able to get
the ticket for $674.59, a good price for the holiday season.
Emily had been in the city for a
few weeks, getting ready to spend the following year at Le Cordon Bleu
Culinary School. Her
grandmother, parents, brother, and her brotherís girlfriend had all
arrived the day before me. I
think that I arrived on Christmas day and stayed through the New Year
although her family left earlier. We
all stayed at the house of Julianís parents who were spending the
holidays with relatives to the south.
Emily met Julian, his sister, and their parents when we were all
at Berkeley and have been close since.
It was an amazing gesture of them to let us use their beautiful
house, in the suburbs and just a short train ride into Paris, for the
did the usual tourist stuff with Emilyís family, despite the biting
cold. My return flight was
out of Brussels, not Paris, so Emily and I took the train there the
night before my flight, explored Brussels, and of course, bought
chocolate. During my
layover in Washington D.C., I happened to run into Paul Bach, the
President of my company, who happened to be on the same flight as me.
|From left to right we have Raymond, Eujean, Julia, Emily,
Merle, and Casey at L'Arc de Triomphe on a "jour super
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