Day Eight: Beautiful Day, Bad Cold!

Monday, Sept 21.

DSCN4061Poor Mary Ann! No sooner did she start getting acclimated to Paris time before she developed a really nasty cough and cold! It’s sapping her strength, so she’s going to stay in today. The cough is nagging and strong, so we worry about pains in her abdomen from all the coughing, and a raw throat. This is kind of a jinx we’ve had on trips. On our first trip, a woman sneezed directly into Mary Ann’s face (yeah, I know) at the airport in Prague as we boarded the flight to Barcelona. By the time we landed in Barcelona, she had a full-blown cold, maybe even flu. (That pretty much scotched her time in Barcelona, though she made herself get out on the last couple days to take in Parc Guell, Casa Battlo, and La Sagrada Familia, three of the many Gaudi masterpieces.)  Then, two years ago in Italy, another cold knocked her low in Venice on a Rick Steves Tour and she had to miss the day’s activity, a morning with a fun and crazy lady named Elisabetta. And now, in Paris, the jinx has struck again. Hopefully it will be short lived.

We did go out to the pharmacy together to check out some questions on the medicine we got for her, so picked up some baguette sandwiches for lunch. These sandwiches that you see in all the bakeries are made daily, so they’re really fresh.

Weather outside is sunny and cool, and Mary Ann encouraged me to go out and enjoy the afternoon. Perhaps I will. Maybe hike up to the Arc de Triomphe, via the Champs de Elysee, a 5K walk (round trip).


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