“Travels to A Different Time” : 5August1972: Last Day in Paris and the Bugs in My Bed? Rats Nibbling at My Toes

It is my last full day in Paris and I am heading North to England tomorrow. I must have walked 10 miles today and managed to see the Mona Lisa at the Louvre with only two people looking at it with me. Then to the Eiffel Tower swarming with tourists the bane of my existence. I am a tourist but no Bermuda shorts and some “See Paris” tourist guide for me. For lunch bread, a tin of mackerel and some orange cake. But I forgot to get the key for the mackerel tin so I had to bash it open. Went to the cafeteria I was at yesterday and had a dinner of macaroni, rice, a banana and milk for $1.25. My head is itchy and after scratching it a few lice dropped out! Had a very hot shower and combed my hair and got those filthy buggers out. I have lived lean and cheap in Greece and Yugoslavia but Paris is different. Will I have rats nibbling on my toes tonight?

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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