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Greetings from Hautvillers...

I arrived in Paris yesterday morning to the longest passport-control line in history - people were backed up for about 90 minutes. Finally arriving at the window was terribly anti-climactic, with an over-worked and un-interested Gendarme stamping your passport without even looking to see if the bearer might actually be the person named and pictured on the document (I could have handed her Sadam Hussein's passport and walked right through.) All the while her colleague at the next window closed his station, turned his back to the crowds and ate an apple for 20 minutes before re-opening his station to the seething crowds. Ah, the glories of Paris on a holiday weekend...

I'm settled in here at a great little apartment in Hautvillers, the picturesque and historical village that is the "cradle of Champagne", and home to the abbey where Dom Perignon worked in the late 1600s and dramatically improved and advanced the Champagne making process. Because it's a holiday weekend (as is virtually every weekend in May - nothing gets done in this country during the entire month, basically, as it's one 3 or 4-day weekend into another all May long) - Hautvillers is swarming with tourists, and the atmosphere is very festive. The downside is the bakery is closed, as is almost everything else, so finding bread and other necessities of life requires a bit of a hunt.

Spring has not yet really sprung here - I woke up to a chilly 39-degree morning, a bit of a shock after leaving Portland in 90-degree sunshine! That said, I had a beautiful run along the Marne this morning, ducks and rabbits all over the place and a quiet calm in the atmosphere that made me feel like I had all of Champagne all to myself. Now off to find an open bakery somewhere in Épernay, and hopefully somewhere to grab some more supplies for the apartment. I'm excited and happy to be here, as always, and am really looking forward to all the adventures in the coming weeks. Stay tuned...

PS - if you happen to be in the Seattle airport anytime soon - there's a great display of hundreds of PearlJam concert posters from throughout the band's career - very cool stuff...