Ball point pen on the London Daily Telegraph

Today I continue posting my doodles from our trip abroad. Alan Bristow, a buccaneer leader of the British helicopter industry past away at the age of 85. Having pioneered helicopter flying during the Second World War, he went on to build the largest civilian helicopter fleet in Europe. A lifelong risk taker, Bristow was a man of a thousand hair raising stories. He thrived on adventures and survived any number of scrapes and air accidents.

On the subject of adventure - If you've traveled all the way across the pond, there's no reason not to visit Paris even if it's for a day. I did this doodle aboard the Eurostar traveling 186 miles an hour between London and Paris. We saw some beautiful English and French countryside, were served a wonderful breakfast of crepes and English sausage and were in Paris in a short 2 and a quarter hours. We spent nine hours in Paris, in which time Donna and I visited the Eiffel Tower, took a Seine River Cruise, visited Notre Dame, had a sandwich, a glass of wine and did some people watching in an outdoor cafe, and made a quick lap around the Louvre. On the trip back to London we enjoyed a late super of salmon and French wine.... Voila.

The Louvre has nine miles of corridors which is a lot to see. but in truth there is a lot that is filler that would never hang on the walls of the Met. (my favorite museum) If you have a game plan and know what you like, you'd be surprised at how much you can see in a short time. We had purchased tickets in advance and didn't have to wait on line. Everyone of course wants to make a mad rush for the Mona Lisa and I must admit we did too but I suggest seeking out the grand canvases of David. You'll see a fine painter and get a little history of France by viewing David's "Coronation of Napoleon", A Cecil B. Demille cast of thousands, each one a portrait.

Also, today is our daughters 19th Birthday!

Happy Birthday Alyssa!

  1. Aunt Joann
    May 7, 2009 -

    Happy Birthday Wishes! Love, Aunt Joann, Uncle Paul, Craig and Jenny

  2. dan
    May 7, 2009 -

    Happy Birthday! Love, All of us on East Fairview(even CoCo) P.S. Nice to have u back Larry.

  3. Donna
    May 7, 2009 -

    Happy Birthday baby girl......XOX Larry, I am really enjoying your blog these past few days. It's like I'm still on vacation....merci pour les memoires.

  4. andrew
    May 7, 2009 -

    happy birthday alyssa

  5. Alyssa
    May 7, 2009 -

    thank you!

  6. Maisie & Uncle John
    May 7, 2009 -

    Happy Birthday Allysa from Uncle John and Aunt Maryann. Hope you had a great day!