Â PHOTOS: CAROL AND JOHN IN LONDONÂ
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Carol and John Clair, two friends from Wisconsin, made their very first visit outside North America this month, and we visited four cities in just 16 days. We saw all the main sights in London, Paris, Stratford-upon-Avon and Cardiff (Carol’s father being Welsh). We lost a day due to a flight delay which held them up in Detroit, Michigan, but they made it in the end.
PHOTOS: STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, CARDIFF AND MEXICAN RESTAURANT IN BATTERSEA, LONDON
We also caught a Legends of Rock’n’Roll show in Paris which was supposed to feature Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Chuck Berry. Little Richard had to postpone his European tour till next March due to hip replacement surgery, but Jerry’s piano-playing/singing sister Linda Gail Lewis replaced Richard and rocked the joint, as did Jerry. Fans rushed to the front of the stage during his first number and refused to return to their seats. Chuck closed the show, and invited girls from the audience to join him on stage.
PHOTOS: JERRY LEE LEWIS AT LE ZENITH, PARIS, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2008
It was nice meeting Carol and John after only having an Internet connexion with them for the past 10 or 11 months. We did pack a lot in so they could make the most of their visit, but even so we cut out some things so we could all relax and chill out some days.
Whilst in Paris, I also took the opportunity to visit the Alma Tunnel where Diana, former Princess of Wales, died in 1997. She’d asked me to place a white rose by the Flame of Liberty sculpture on top of the tunnel, and this is what I did, saying it was from me and also Andrew, her voice channel. He had promised to place a white rose at this spot each time he visited Paris.
And, as always on my Paris visits since his death, I lit a candle for my partner George in the Sacre Couer cathedral in Montmarte.
The accompanying pictures will give you an idea of places weÂ visited. I hope to be able to visitÂ Carol and John in WisconsinÂ next year (possibly meeting up first in New York City), andÂ hopefullyÂ there’ll beÂ a return, more relaxing visit by them back here in a couple of years.
Meanwhile these belated globe-trotters (they’d never been outside North America till this month)Â are off to visit their son Sam in Bolivia for Christmas.