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Date:3/30/2010

ica, and Canada. Because the tour was conducted in “real time,” people fell in love with the intimacy of it. When in London, non-royals are not allowed inside Buckingham Palace until summer when the royals go to the country on holiday, but one London nobleman, Sir Paul D. Desmonte, arranged a nearby tour. And the cultural exchange of old-world opulence vs. new world innovations began.

In Paris, the authors followed the footsteps of the Parisian expatriates—Hemingway, Richard Wright, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Anais Nin, James Baldwin, and others. On off time, Yolantha Pace shopped and danced the night away, Stan Allotey found French-speaking African friends, and Janice Lauderdale hit the couture houses. Martha Tucker blogged about it and sent daily notes via Internet:

When they walked out of the legendary Les Deux Margot’s Café in Paris that cool hazy morning, Tucker said she was sipping the best hot chocolate in the world. Just tasting it brought back all she had ever read about the City of Love:

Anais Nin wrote long ago, “You are an expatriate divorced from the soil. Your fake European standards have ruined you. You drink yourself to death, become obsessed with sex. You are not working; you hang out in little cafes.” Margots was the little café Anise had mentioned.

Tucker said she was so impressed with that truth, but on the contrary, Earnest Hemingway, in “A Moveable Feast,” called Paris the Grand Dame of expatriate heaven. She had to remember why she was there—to expose their books to a larger world, to diminish the negative images of minority people that too often dominate TV screens and books. Their aim was to exchange goodwill, cultures, and understanding. She noticed that Paris was reading their books in earnest. They learned things about their own books they had not yet discovered.

Ahead were the bustling shoppers at the patisseries, the b
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