Monday, May 19, 2008

I Love Paris in the Springtime



On May 20, 1927, at 07:52 in the morning, Charles Lindbergh -- not knowing that he would play a bit part in a book published by the Tenured Radical in 1997 -- took off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York, flying "The Spirit of St. Louis" on the world's first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. He landed at Le Bourget Field in Paris at 22:22 the next day, as hundreds of Frenchmen cheered wildly and hoped that he would not try to speak French.

Strangely, the Radical herself will by taking off from JFK tomorrow -- although the plane will be piloted by a clever German employed by Lufthansa -- and landing in Paris the following day! And I am sure there are lots of French people who are also praying I don't test run my French on them. But you know what? They're out of luck.

Meaning -- unless I happen to fall into an internet cafe in either paris or Corsica in the next two weeks -- this blog is on hiatus until June 5.

Happy summer vacation!

7 comments:

John Poole said...

Traise-bean, Pot-tair! (Your french is not nearly as bad as mine). Have fun, and come home safe!

AcadeMama said...

Have a great trip! I'll be there next month for the first time, and I only have 1 day. When you come back, you'll have to tell us which restaurant is the #1 Can't Miss Spot to Eat in Paris.

Susan said...

Have a great trip!

GayProf said...

Have a safe and fun trip!

Tim Lacy said...

I'm jealous. But have a great trip anyway! - TL

Joey7777 said...

Paris? Funny how these (Harry) Potter types never choose to visit sub-saharan Africa.

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