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“I’ve no cash!” shouted the jogger as she breezed previous 70 yr previous me in a park near the Marmotten Monet Museum.
I had simply requested her, in my horrible French, the place the Monet Museum was. At the very least I believe I did.
On this beautiful, clear, sunny Parisian July day, I used to be to satisfy my group of 80 fellow Californians, a combination of Technology Z’ers and Child Boomers, to attract collectively on the Monet Museum. But, in world with Google maps, I had no clue the place Monet was hiding his museum.
I left my dorm room close to the Luxembourg Gardens with time on my facet. I expertly rode the general public buses flittering by Rodin’s Museum, the Orsay, the Eiffel Tower, Palais Galliera, and Palais de Tokyo. I felt like my journey hero, Rick Steves, blithely going hither and yon on my technique to grandmother’s home/Monet Musuem.
My new finest pal, Google Maps, predicted I had a lower than 5 minute stroll to my vacation spot. My spidey senses warned me I used to be misplaced on the 15 minute mark. Whereas surrounded by kids taking part in and laughing within the Jardin de Ranelagh, I panicked figuring out I had made a Monet-sized mistake.
Gathering up each my braveness and finest French that I may muster up, I spoke to a jogger coming proper at me the “je suis desolée” phrase I discovered in French class to acquire sympathy to ask “où est le musée Monet, s’il vous plait?”
Her reply was succinct, enabling her to keep up her stride and be completely unhelpful – “I’ve no cash!”
Fortunate for me, a spunky blonde lady paused her soccer follow to provide me surprisingly correct instructions to a museum that was moments, and Monets, away.
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Liz Scotta, a Child Boomer from California, and a Francophile, leaves foggy San Francisco every July for a dorm room within the sixth arrondisement in Paris the place she research French, attracts most something and masters public transportation. Illustrations from over 20 sketchbooks will seem in her forthcoming e-book, Not Simply Paris: Scenes From France, out on amazon.fr and Amazon.com.