in Toures (is that how you spell it?) There must be a university there he will attend.
I will probably take my elderly mother along for this trip. Joseph thinks I would see and do more without her in tow, but she expressed her desire to also see Europe . . actualy France or the little part of it that one trip would permit. So long as she is physically capable of going, I don't see that I would leave her behind (though her dementia is such that I don't know how much she would later recall).
Marseil, thank you for the offer of assistance. I will keep you in mind. I have no idea where Toures is or where else (other than Paris -- really want to visit that city) we might go. Also, I have to see how long my work will let me go. I took 4 weeks back in 2000 to drive out to see my sister on the West Coast, but all I ever heard about afterward was, "I hope you enjoyed that trip, cause no way we're letting you go that long again. It was crazy here!" Ahhh . . at least I can feel needed!
(One thing I really need to do is lose weight before the trip. Obviously, the French are very health/weight conscious. The ones I've met have been slender people. At 6 ft and 250 lbs., I would stick out like a sore thumb . . but I would much prefer not to. The only American city that affected me this way was New York. I wasn't as heavy during the NYC visit as I am now, but I look at those pictures taken on the streets of New York, and my nephew and I looked like big clods compared to the trim New Yorkers with their form-fitting fashions. I felt like something out of a ZZ Top poster (or a political cartoon), where clothes and other features are enlarged out of proportion. Where did the skinny kid of my youth go?!)