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    --Alfred Polger (d. 1955), Der Emigrant und die Heimat

    Emigranten-Schicksal: Die Fremde ist nicht Heimat geworden. Aber die Heimat Fremde.

    Between 2007 and 2009, I lived in Los Angeles after living in Paris for many years. My Paris blog (before and after my Los Angeles sojourn) is Rue Rude.

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    30 January 2007


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    I am a long time lurker of your site. Love it! Sorry to hear you left France. I will miss the stories and photos. Good luck in Cali.

    Welcome to your new home. Unfortunately, you will arrive into stormy weather, with showers expected for the coming days, but the goldious blue skies will be back soon, promis! Happy settling :)

    I also pick a window seat on the plane, I don't understand the people who sit by the window and shut the screen so they can't see out!

    Great pictures.

    Lovely pictures. They make me so nostalgic, for the flight to California from London has some of my favourite views from a plane.

    Hi, i've been reading your blog about France since visiting Paris last year. Sad to hear you'll be away from Paris but looking forward at the same time to your posts in California. Best of luck and all the best

    Love this! A virtual plane ride from Europe to the US!

    My husband and I were once flying over Iceland on a glorious clear day. The ice floes, fishing boats, rivers, and mountains were stunningly beautiful. When the Air France pursers tried to get everyone to close the shades so they could show ads and a movie, my husband refused to do so "until the view in here is better than the one down there." He must not have been the only one, because the staff delayed the movie!

    Bon retour en Amérique!

    Chrissoup, I am one of those people who refuses to close the window. I don't like missing London at dawn (like Peter and the Darling children flying to Neverland) or the coast of Greenland, just to see some third-rate "action movie" that anyone can rent on DVD!

    Olivier, I am happy to see you are en vie yourself. When are you going to start up again? I miss your photos.

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