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Posted by on Sep 13, 04:18 PM
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at 48°52′0″N 2°19′59″E !

That is,
The Grand City—
The Megacosmopolis—
of PARIS! (chronologically speaking, of course. In reality whiskey-sipping around a table in Athlone; but each in its proper sequence).

To drag the murky shallows of memory made turbid by fruitless floundering, and to sift the debris arisen, I gladly strive, though it pains me. It is encouraging to remember: à l’impossible, nul n’est tenu.

My first few hours in France were dismally unpleasant: I was in no condition to cope with an excess of novelty, especially that so artful, elegant, and confusing, as French novelty. I was in such bad shape, in fact, that it took me several minutes to summon the courage to ask an airport janitor “Ou sont les toilette?”, and even then found his unintellible response and subsequently supercilious looks rather mortifying. But several hours later (like days they felt) we were coasting through fields of swaying wheat—the source of so-o-o-o much pleasure in France—into the quaint suburbs of Lovely Paris. The sun was shining, and holiday-makers were about, milling by the canal—we dodged them on the Quai Adrien Agnes, riding along, losing one another, and finally arriving, after little difficulty, at our hosts’ home. It is worth mentioning here, I think, that over the course of my stay in Paris, 8 of the 10 people I stayed with lived on the top floor of their apartment building, and the lifts generally weren’t in operation, or weren’t large enough to accommodate my impedimenta.

We stayed two nights with Julien and Vladana before Andrew was prepared to leave for Mont Ventoux. Those days were crammed with hot baguette and succulent fresh French peach from the south. Note: France is the beginning and end of all bread.


  1. Great to meet you yesterday. I wish you both well in your exertions over the next couple of years. I will be following you via the blog. Take care.

    Gerard Brady

    Gerard · Sep 14, 04:47 AM · #

  2. “…it took me several minutes to summon the courage to ask an airport janitor “Ou sont les toilette?”…” – I can relate!

    Those baguettes sure come in handy for travel – it’s funny to see them tucked alone in the pouches of knapsacks, backpacks, and bags aboard a Parisian biker.
    Great pictures!

    Rachel W. · Sep 14, 11:35 AM · #

  3. We notice your excellent eye and taste for delicious food! Everytime we open a new blog, we always feel hungry after reading it. :) How about some more historic and religious pics? Anyway, — glad to know that you’ve made it to Dublin! Please give our hellos from KS to Fr. Angles and Fr. Gallagher! We hope that they are doing well. Please keep kiddo #3 in your prayers…

    — DJ and JD in KS · Sep 15, 07:12 AM · #

  4. Glad to know you are in Athlone… Give my regards to all the great friends and to the prior!!

    — Fr. Couture · Sep 15, 07:50 PM · #

  5. The pleasure is ours, Gerard! Thank you again for your hospitality.

    DJ + JD: You’re right — more visually nutritious and edifying food is in order! We will strive to satisfy the need for higher things—though less titillating—than the crusty baguette or odd bottle of inexpensive, but sumptuous wine!
    as my stomach grumbles…

    Fr. Couture,
    Fathers Loschi and Nicholas were extremely hospitable and very kind. We enjoyed our stay, and the parishioners were very generous, as well. We’ll pass your regards on to all of them through Fr. Briere, as we’re at the Priory in Dun Laoghaire (Dublin) at present: staying through Sunday.

    Randall Leese · Sep 16, 08:22 AM · #

  6. Oh, I went to Mass in Dun Laoghaire! (back in the summer of 2004) There was a procession after Mass and some very kind parishioners shared their lunch with me including tea and cakes. I understand the use of food to describe the experience. It is relevant and something one generally remembers, just like the grueling physical experiences. That is why Pilgrimages have such an impact on us….I think. I am catching up reading the blog, I haven’t checked it in quite some time. I am really enjoying it.
    Must get back to catching up on the blog…

    — Laura · Oct 13, 07:40 PM · #

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