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How Ya Gonna Keep Him Here on the Web After He's Seen Paris?
June 17, 2011  | By David Bianculli

After hosting NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross on Friday, June 17, I'm heading home, packing up, and catching a plane to France, where I'm embarking on an uncharacteristic week-long vacation, courtesy of two sets of friends who are there to a) put me up, b) put up with me, and/or c) take me around.


In the interim, I'll still be supplying BEST BETS every day, and other correspondents should be posting, but this is my last column until I return.

I do, however, have some final departing thoughts...

Want to know how media-consumed I am? Among the things I want to do in Paris are:

1) Go to the Rodin museum, pictured above (even though we have a sister Rodin museum in Philadelphia, which is great), just so I can get next to The Thinker and take a picture a la Dobie Gillis, pictured at right.

How lame. How me.

2) Find, if I can, the curved street with steps where Owen Wilson, in Woody Allen's Paris at Midnight, waits eagerly each night to be transported magically back to Paris's Golden Age.


I want a picture taken there, too, though it may only be a stage set.

Otherwise, I will allow Paris, and my friends, to transport me magically through Paris as it is. And stop writing, and even watching TV, for a while.

Ah, Paree...

And by the way -- we're all among friends here, but I don't want lurking strangers getting the bright idea that just because I'm out of town, it's a good time to rob my house. My absence is being covered by both a house-sitter and my visiting son, and they each get the same terms as always:

If the cat is alive when I get back, it's worth $100. If not, $200.

Despite that offer, I've always come back to the cat.

So far...





Eileen said:

Have a great vacation. No one deserves a break more than you. With your teaching, TVWW and NPR I just don't know how you get it all done -- and done so well.

We'll all be here awaiting your return -- the cat included.

Bon Voyage!

[Thanks, Eileen. I'm loving it here. AND, you're right, I'm loving not doing most of the other stuff for a change. -- DB]

Comment posted on June 17, 2011 11:16 AM

Laura said:

Have a wonderful trip! Just a heads up, someone I read was in Paris earlier this week and wanted to go to the Rodin museum, but the line was hundreds of people long. So just plan for it.

[Thanks for the warning. Today it's raining all day, but most museums by the Louvre are closed, so that's where I'm headed. I imagine the line there won't be too short, either. But hey... I stood in line for the Vatican once, and for the first-night midnight showing of Jurassic Park. Nothing can be worse than those. -- DB]

Comment posted on June 17, 2011 6:46 PM

Cathy said:

Have a great time in the land of the Noir Chat.

[The Noir Chat posters are sold everywhere on the streets here, like bad purse knockoffs in NYC. Everywhere I go, I'm haunted by Chats. Merde! -- DB]

Comment posted on June 18, 2011 10:15 AM

betsy said:

good for you!Paris! loved your notes about paris (and your house and cat. : ) ) have a lovely and thanks

Comment posted on June 19, 2011 8:17 PM

Steve Williams said:

Good Stuff. Hope you'll have blog about highlights of your trip

[Hmm. I think it's ridiculous of me to post blogs or twits about my own life -- as social media go, I'm decidedly anti-social -- because I know better than anyone how boring my life really is. But Paris is different, even if I'm not.

Expect a comeback blog, if not one sooner, of Paris with some sad Bianculli spin: A Hawaiian shirt here and, I am SO happy to report, that I DID get a photo of me taken on the street and steps where Owen Wilson waits for the vintage car in "Midnight in Paris." I am SUCH a geek... -- DB]

Comment posted on June 19, 2011 11:16 PM

Tom said:

Many people plan their trips with reads of Travel and Leisure and guidebooks. You plan with a TV Guide. In Japan, I imagine, you'd make a pilgrimage to the childhood homes of Pink Lady; in Korea, a search for the 4077th and Hawkeye remnants; in London, a you'd look for Dr. Who's phone booth.
It's such a good thing the Brady Bunch didn't do a Paris trip. Can't imagine what your itinerary would look like.

Comment posted on June 20, 2011 7:34 AM

Dave's Cat said:

Just so you know, I'm still alive. I may, however, need a few more days to finish shredding the living room furniture. Feel free to stay an extra week...

Comment posted on June 22, 2011 2:02 PM

Megan said:

I love listening to you host on Fresh Air. I've been intending to check out your website for a good while now and finally managed this morning. Thanks for your many excellent suggestions. Enjoy Paris!

[Thanks. I'm back, I loved it, and I'm happy to welcome you aboard. Bonjour! -- DB]

Comment posted on June 23, 2011 7:33 AM
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