Author's Note:


In the summer of 2007, I planned a trip that encompassed two weeks in Paris with four days in London sandwiched in the middle. We had planned to see Paris, the Champagne region, the Wimbledon semifinals, and the prologue of what would turn out to be a scandal-marred Tour de France. I had so many people who wanted to hear how the trip went that I ultimately decided to create this website, with real-time updates of what I was doing.


I quickly found that desktop publishing and relaxing vacations were incompatible. I bravely kept up the fight for the first week, but I sit in front of a computer for a living, so I promised the hundreds of people reading (I'm not kidding-there was a serious traffic bounce) that I would most certainly be back with an update.


Real life has intervened, as it tends to do, but I've finished it. Questions and comments can be sent to james - at - Thanks for reading!


James Lyden


June 29, 2007

Pre-trip notes, a quick note on airport security, and a brief introduction


snide June 30, 2007

31 hours awake, near unconscious on the Seine, birthday at the Eiffel Tower


snide July 1, 2007

Sacre Coeur, Pere Lachaise, and I get ruined for roast chicken for life


snide July 2, 2007

Boules, Jardins du Luxembourg, Latin Quarter, Pantheon


snide July 3, 2007

Versailles, and I'm stunned into mute silence at a grocery store line


snide July 4, 2007

Trip to London via Chunnel, cabdrivers, and our first rendezvous with Twitchy


snideJuly 5, 2007

Wimbledon quarterfinals and a attempt to visit the Bombay Sapphire Experience


snide July 6, 2007

Rafael Nadal, ALLEZ MARION!, jinxing Andy Roddick, and redheads on a train


snide July 7, 2007

Security at Harrods, the Tour de France prologue, and a train ride back to Paris


snide July 8, 2007

A rest and laundry day for us, the YouTube apartment tour video for you


snide July 9, 2007

Champs Elysees, Place Vendome, downpours at Hediard, and the Orsonis


snide July 10, 2007

Reims and the Veuve Clicquot tour, Le Petit Nicoise, and White Owls on the balcony


snide July 11, 2007

Place des Vosges, rascasse, the Musee Picasso and the Pompidou Center


snide July 12, 2007

Sainte-Chappelle, Conciergerie, Ice Cream Island, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Bofinger


snide July 13, 2007

Louvre Day, Musee Rodin, scalping Ferris wheel tickets, Arc de Triomphe with tricolor


snide July 14, 2007

Parade, the Legion, fireworks on the balcony and saying goodbye


snide July 15, 2007

Bob Marley, distinguished gentlemen, Americans in full repulsive splendor, home again


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