So, I've been in France 2 days and have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. The good: a splendid concert of Mozart flute sonatas in the Sainte Chapelle: what a venue for a concert! The bad: ridiculous bureaucratic inefficiency with an Air France bus whose ticket validator wasn't working: result--paralysis. The ugly: I was robbed at an ATM by a gang. Vive la France! Despite the adage that a neocon is a liberal who has been mugged by reality, I cling to my old politics, since I lost nothing but money.
Oh, and I had dinner at the same restaurant where Obama dined a few months ago. Delightful.