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Enjoyed this post!

Some of my favorite trips have been to places where we walked/hiked a great deal. I love city walking as well and Paris is one of the great walking cities.

I've been thinking about how we (Americans) deal with strangers and the patina of politesse we apply to interactions. It's a pale replacement for true camaraderie as you point out.

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The track sounds very exciting. I've often thought of booking myself on something similar. I love Paris. Your depiction of them is about right, though they tend to get friendlier if you at least attempt to address them in French. Isn't the Lake District glorious? You can see the colours of the hills change through the day. Did your friends take you on any Wainwright walks? He mapped all the walks and wrote and illustrated his books by hand. Of course they might be out of date now

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Both of my brother-in-laws like to race. One of them has been down south with his Corvette for a driving school and the other raced old Ford Fiestas in college on an oval course. I know nothing about cars, but I also know I like to drive fast. I could not race because I would only want to have the pedal glued to the floor. I do not have the disposition for the finesse required.

In my youth that's how I approached life. Max speed. Max power. Max everything. I wonder, Tom, if being forced to slow down has made us better people for it? I look forward to hearing more details about your trips. I'm fascinated by what constitutes walkability.

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Jul 16, 2023Liked by Tom Pendergast

Sounds like you had lots of fun. I think you would miss Mother Land. “USA” if you moved permanently. After being abroad for Three months I was so happy to be back in the USA I cried when I set foot on US soil. Now I don't want to take any more vacations abroad.

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Lovely to hear your mind's wanderings. Parisians don't care about being liked is so spot on! I like them, too, and that whole ethos. We took a trip to the Lake district last year where my husband has relatives, but my son was 3: too big to carry and too small to walk far. Alas, we made it to the Beatrix Potter museum and a few good pubs! Now you've given me reason to go back. Beautiful photo.

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Never did track driving, but I did drive the Autobahn. Same thing except without the professional instruction and longer straightaways... lol Oh, and we were driving a Renault Scenic with three kids in the back, so we never did take full advantage. Mostly, we stayed in the middle lane because we were routinely passing people on the right, but not fast enough to be in the left. When we did pass, it was humbling. I'd check my left mirror first and then check all the others. Then I'd check the left again -- and three or four times a Porche or Ferrari had come out of nowhere in literally a second. Loved it.

But oh! to do a racetrack. Sounds like you did it right!

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Jul 16, 2023Liked by Tom Pendergast

I can't wait to hear more. The Lake District in the UK is definitely on my list. I just think I have to start to like walking more. :-) Slowing down to speed up...that's a concept to really think about. The last trip I took last May, I refocused how I traveled. Instead of being in such a rush to "get the picture". I stopped and made myself be present in the moment. I took fewer photos, but have a better memory of the place. I had forgotten why I traveled somewhere along the way, and I think I found it again.

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Very much looking forward to these insights, mate.

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Love that description of Parisians. It's so true! They just know where to spend their energy.

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Nice story. I definitely want to do some sort of Track day. I did a min one where we drove for 15 mins, and want to do more.

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Welcome home, Tom!

Looking forward to gaining insight from your insights in the coming weeks.

Are you sick of broccoli yet?

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Such a gorgeous post, Tom - I've been looking forward to hearing about your trip, and reading this was a highlight of my day!

I love that you enjoyed the Lake District so much! It's a breathtaking place. Did you sample the famous Grasmere gingerbread?

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Your walks in northern England sound (and look) incredible, Tom. What an amazing trip. I’d love to visit Paris someday and give a racetrack a whirl. Thanks for sharing this.

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It sounds lovely. I can't wait to hear more.

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Haha there's walkability, and then there's 32 miles in 3 days... Never saw the sparkling water fountains in Paris, unfortunately, but overall, found the Parisians quite pleasant and friendly. Sounds like a great trip!

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Beautifully written, and I can’t wait to read more about it! I would love to take a long walk around England someday. Or Ireland!

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