I started using the Internet many years ago. It was in the days when you had to dial up and wait a long time until you heard that unique sound that said you were now online. I started out using AOL (America On Line) then and I’ve never changed although I keep being told that I should. AOL, back then, had many interesting boards or forums and I visited them often. I found that sharing problems and information with others in that setting to be very helpful. After I moved to Paris I went often to the Paris Board and not only learned a lot about Paris and France, but I also made some great friends who I met when they would come to Paris and organize group dinners or parties. There were so many really great people who have remained my friends to this day. One of these is Dezi-not her real name but her “handle” on AOL. She has been in Paris recently and Maurice and I met her for lunch and caught up. It makes me sad that the AOL boards are now gone. I guess it was trying to become more like Yahoo but I miss the old setup. Here are some photos from my walk around the Marais with Dezi.