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I have another relative to meet up with in Vesinet later on this afternoon, so I decide to see if I can get there on foot in time.  I cross the Seine into Chatou--  which looks interesting, but I’ll have to leave it for another time… I soon find the boulevard that leads to Vesinet…

I’ve heard the expression “A man’s house is his castle”… Well, in Vesinet, this is almost literally true… Here, practically every house is a walled in ancient chateau… This is where the Paris wealthy live--  and they are not alone.  I’m told that even Omar Bongo, the late president of Gabon, had a residence here…

 

I’m no longer in the mood for pondering the Causes of the French Revolution--  I just want to enjoy the beautiful and varied styles of mansions here in this splendid town.  These mansions are not surrounded by acres and acres of forests like in Reuil, they’re immediately visible to all.

 

I pull out my guitar in the park as I wait for Tariq to show up.  Finally somebody stops by to listen for a little bit.  The fellow is from Guadaloupe, a French Caribbean colony and he plays an interesting Caribbean rif for me… But he’s in a hurry so our jam session doesn’t last long…


Tariq and his dad show up and we hop on a train to La Defense where we stroll around for a bit… and enjoy the view of the sun setting behind the Arc du la Defense…

 

It’s been a good and inspiring second day…

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