Daily Bulletin on Vacation

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After carrying my Daily Bulletin around Europe and photographing myself or being photographed, it’d be wasted effort if I didn’t share more shots. You already saw me at the Sherlock Holmes Museum and with The Thinker. Here I am at the Notre Dame Cathedral, at left, and at the famed Shakespeare and Company bookstore, both in Paris.

The bookstore dates to 1951, and as for the Notre Dame, did you know it was finished in 1345 (!) and slated for demolition until Victor Hugo (author of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” among other novels) rallied Parisians to save it?

But no matter how picturesque or significant the backdrop, I only have eyes for my Daily Bulletin. And like a movie star with a bad facelift, I am perpetually surprised by our ONT headline.

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  • Bob House

    Again, excellent photos. Did you stand on the medallion in the pavement in front of Notre Dame from which all distances in France are measured? Does Shakespeare and Co. still stamp the first page in a book you purchase? 20+ years ago, I bought a collection of H.L. Menken essays there so I could get the stamp (and enjoy the delicious cynicism).

    [I didn’t see the medallion! Does this mean I have to go back? And evidently S&Co. no longer stamps books, at least not new ones. *sigh* — DA]

  • Ramona

    Love the pics, David. I have a scarf which is similar to yours. It has happy memories attached to it as yours will now. Or are you into nostalgia?

    Coming home from the doctor’s office – no I’m fine, thanks for asking. It was a routine visit – I treated myself to some leisure browsing at Barnes and Noble. I found a Pat Conroy novel on sale. Hoo-yah!

    It felt like a mini-vacation to me and I thought briefly of having my picture taken but, alas, no copy of the DB with me.

    My friends and I have had to stick close to home due to the economy and the gas prices and so we are finding cheap ways to avoid cabin fever. A trip to a bookstore really does it for us. Miss the Starbucks, however.

    Your columns and the blog are making me feel like I went with you on your adventure. Thanks so much for sharing. I like being an armchair traveler.

    [After the Upland council meeting last night, a reader said: “I really enjoyed your vacation.” As if he’d been along. I’m back to writing about local stuff, although I do have two, or maybe three, more Europe columns planned. I’m pleased that you (and he) (and no doubt others) have liked those pieces. My hope is that they’re viewed as something out of the norm, and thus enticing, rather than as me nattering on. — DA]

  • Bob House

    Sorry David, I did not mean to harsh your travel buzz. If you use Google search for images using Shakespeare and Company book stamp, you’ll see not only several versions of the stamp, but in an odd coincidence, the Point Zero medallion as well.

  • Mary Pineda


    I really enjoyed your columns on London. It has always been a dream of mine to go to England. We had a trip planned out several years ago. I had it all planned out, I tell you, all planned! We were going to spend several days in London- seeing the sights like the Roman Baths, Big Ben, the palaces and such. Then we were going to see Stonehenge, then go north to the Lake District and stay in a castle that was built in 1350 and see Hadrian’s Wall. Then those people bombed the trains and buses. We didn’t feel it was safe even though nothing else happened after that. I had to cancel the room at the castle – at least I hadn’t made plane reservations. Now that I am retired it will be a little more difficult to afford this trip- unless the Daily Bulletin would like to send me there to do a follow-up on your reports?