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Letter to all;

Well, we’ve landed.  After many weeks moving, many weeks on the road and several weeks settling into Paris, we’ve finally got a place to live, our stuff delivered, and time to write and fill you in.

First of all, the phone hasn’t been exactly ringing off the hook, nor has the mailbox been overflowing, so here’s the current particulars of how to reach us:

Travis Smith and Susie Gardner
Boite 33
220 rue du Faubourg St. Martin
Paris   F-75010

Tel. : 01 40 38 47 93
From the US or Canada, dial: 011 33 1 40 38 47 93

my e-mail:  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
her e-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  (note, this is new)

We’re in the 10th Arrondissement, which is a mostly unvisited northeastern corner of the city.  I say unvisited because it has no museums, no monuments, no cemeteries and no parks.  On the other hand, it has good small affordable shops, a lot of truly French people, numerous schools, and it’s not so close to the edge of Paris that you might wander out.  In other words, it’s convenient, free of tourists and full of life, and we’re very happy here.

Our furnished apartment is a good size, and in addition to our lofted bedroom, has a very comfortable clikclak bed, which we slept on while our friend Ryan Hanau was moving out.  He rented this place before us, and an accident of good timing allowed us to take it over from him.  Pictures will be available at , my web site.

Thanks to those of you who sent us travel tips.  The suggestions many of you sent us just before we left were great, and helped make our travels special.  I won’t go into all the details in this e-mail about our long trip through Central Europe.  If you’re interested, send me a reply and I’ll add you to a special list that will get the skinny on our adventures.

We took about 350 pictures, and I kept a faithful journal every day of the first two thirds of the trip.  The last bit, I plan on just making up.  I’ll post the stuff on the web site with glorious digital photos and scans of what ever trinkets and souvenirs I have lying around, when I get an evening or two without French homework.

One more bit of news: We’ve done some reporting over here, about an interactive publishing (online journalism) conference in Zurich, and you can read it at  We’re looking for more freelance or consulting opportunities, to help pay for the hot chocolates and coffees we consume on a daily basis around the city.  If you know of any opportunities, please let us know.

I could go on for a long time about the people we’ve met, the French classes, visits to relatives and friends over here, the shopping, the hassles of getting our stuff out of customs and our phone connected and a monitor bought, and our plans for the holidays, but I don’t want to swamp you.  So drop either Susie or me an e-mail, and we’ll catch up with you personally.  And remember, we’re not so far away that you couldn’t come and visit.  Our door is always open.


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