A tribute to friendships and good cheers!!!

And I need to update this post for the memories of always with friends and good cheers. And as this is the season to be merrier, why not now! I have been lucky to have visited 81 countries of our wonderful world , and lived in 6 (Cuba, Spain, USA, France, Brazil, Nigeria, and Swizerland) and able to fluent speak 4 languages (English, French, Spanish,and Portuguese). I have dealt with the internet and travel forums and enjoyed finally even meeting some of the folks ,and even had them visited my home and even stayed in my home! over the years. I am now alone as my dear late wife Martine, who accompany me on many of these trips and welcome these folks to our home is no longer due to the dreadful pancreatic cancer; this one is for her too.

Anyway, here is part of my story, the best I can, Hope you enjoy it as I, Over the years I had the opportunity to meet wonderful folks from around the World that have come over to meet me in France or Spain . I like to pay tribute to their enduring friendship in this humble post. I have had the opportunity to be involved in several travel forums over the years that have been fulfilling to say the least. Encounter folks from many lands who right away established a good friendly rapport with, and it continues for some.

Some of the travel sites were Madridman, Cityvox(now yelp), Slow Travel, Tripadvisor, Virtual Tourist (now part of Tripadvisor), Fodor’s, and Bottin Gourmand (as taster in France). I am no longer with any for reason of time and personal expressions that led me to start this blog, and away from forums. It is my intention to help readers enjoy the beauty of my surroundings and travels, and to help them enjoy their visits to these wonderful places more and better.

I have met them in Madrid, Spain, Paris, France, Versailles,France, Suresnes, France, St Germain en Laye, France ,etc. Some have come and some I have gone over, the general feeling is the same. Our love for travel and the human spirit remains strong attachment to our continuing relationship.




I have met folks in Paris coming from California and Georgia,USA, that have exchange quite a bit on the now defunct Virtual Tourist travel site, and we had lunch at Café l’Impériale. Unfortunaly there were others who came once I am living in the Morbihan breton and our dates could not be arrange to meet as they always (for some reason,,,) go to Paris, I have 3 friends as I write communicating with me via email who are in Paris or will be by this coming Wednesday, Enjoy Paris folks !!




Expats Paris! The anecdote here is that it was an American attorney in Paris (now last I know in S Arabia!) who created this group back in 2005. I was one of the first four who joined the chats and drinks at the Au Trappiste 4 rue Saint Denis every Thursday at 19h30 , It has been my hangout ever since with meeting visiting friends as well, Even thus I am no longer in the group, it is still active with more than 9K members !! if in Paris for long stays seek them out.



It is with great joy that I decide to interject my blog travel writing with this one, a special post in Paris1972-Versailles2003 blog.  A bit of an explanation on the name: Paris 1972 was the first time I saw Paris visiting it from my home in Madrid! Versailles 2003 was my coming to live permanently as a French citizen in France from Florida USA! Two important dates in my life.

Thank you very much, and may the relationships and friendships  grow stronger with time. And welcome all new readers and followers to my blog.  La vie est belle en France, life is beautiful in France. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!!!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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