Bonjour                                                                                                                      May 27, 2016

I think that means something like “good-bye”?  We heard that the people in other countries like to see you at least attempt to use their language, but after so many different dialects I am almost forgetting what we typically speak, (not really).  However, when you’ve been away from home this long, then hear someone speak English, you almost become instant friends. Yesterday while we were walking back from our boat tour a couple greeted us with the enthusiasm of Charlie Ryan (yes, that is possible).  They were originally from Louisiana and heard Kim and I talking so caught up to chat.  We saw them again later in the day and they greeted us as “The Oregonians”.

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After walking what seemed like to the edges of Spain (Wed), we took an open-air tour bus and one hour boat tour (Thurs.).  We saw a lot of interesting things and learned a little of the history of Paris, but after 4 hours we were ready to get our “boots” back on the ground.  We had some amazing views of Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower, grabbed some food at a grocery store and had a picnic on the banks of the Seine River.  We headed back to ourScreen Shot 2016-05-27 at 11.04.11 AM apartment at dusk and packed up for our flight to Iceland.  We will be there for two days and then fly back to the states Sunday evening.  We did find a welcome sight while waiting in the Paris airport………………A regular cup of coffee that was almost filled to the rim.

We have thoroughly enjoyed this “chance of a life-time” and are excited about seeing Reykjavik, Iceland, an area that a few friends have told us about lately.  If the opportunity presented itself to extend this 5-week journey, we would both say yes.  However, we are also looking forward to getting home.  We get back home on Monday, May 30th and then fly out to Indiana the next day.  As you may know, my sister Patty has been struggling with Multiple Myeloma for the past 4 1/2 years and it looks like it is finally catching up with her.  She has fought this disease with amazing strength, a positive attitude, faith, support and the prayers of many.  This past week she was put on Hospice.  Kim and I, along with my sister Betty will be flying out to Indiana on the 31st to spend some time with her and her family.  Please keep Patty and Ken in your prayers, along with Ryan, Sunni, Ben, Evie (son & family) and Jenny, Charles, Jason (daughter & family).

Blessings,

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