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Changing Skies …


The weather is in flux…


21 March 2018: The sun was out for a bit today but it was still cold in Paris. The break in the weather at least made it a pleasant day for checking out some new locations and revisiting a few favorites around the 10eme…



Encampments along the Canal …


Homelessness crisis is acute…


20 March 2018: All along the Canal St. Martin the homeless have set up tent encampments, gathering together and trying to ward off the worst of the winter cold. It seems the crisis of homelessness has reached a tipping point morphing into a more complex emergency situation…



Around the 10eme …


A quick look around…


19 March 2018: The persistence of winter doesn’t give much chance to get out and explore beyond the neighborhood, but there is a sense of tension here — not sure if it is about the weather or something deeper…



Winter holding on …


Cold and grey…


18 March 2018: Another day of light snow. The cold winter-like weather is stubbornly holding on here, though seems like people are looking to get outside and get into spring soon. ..



Snowing in Paris …


Snowy weekend in the city of light…


17 March 2018: Arrived in Paris this weekend to more snow. Seems there is no escaping the white stuff. Of course, it is actually quite beautiful blowing down over the rooftops in a flurry of wet flakes, and it is not sticking, so not really a problem. Still, it was a bit of a surprise for this late in March…


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Headed back to Paris to connect with friends and favorite places and lay some groundwork for upcoming projects…


COMING UP SOON:

Sahara scouting begins in Egypt, with a brief stop in Cairo to visit the Pyramids and some ancient sites before heading into the Western Desert. The Western Desert is the area of the Sahara which lies west of the river Nile, up to the Libyan border, and south from the Mediterranean sea to the border with Sudan. It is named in contrast to the Eastern Desert which extends east from the Nile to Red Sea. The Western Desert is mostly rocky desert, though an area of sandy desert, known as the Great Sand Sea, lies to the west against the Libyan border. The desert covers an area of 262,800 sq miles which is two-thirds of the land area of Egypt. Its highest elevation is 3,300 ft (1000m) in the Gilf Kebir plateau to the far south-west of the country, on the Egypt-Sudan-Libya border. The Western Desert is barren and uninhabited save for a chain of oases which extend in an arc from Siwa, in the north-west, to Kharga in the south…


Teaching navigational skills and talking about international overlanding at the second annual Wheelers Overland Adventure, May 17-20 at Anthracite Offroad Adventure Area (AOAA) in eastern Pennsylvania. The four-day overland camping and wheeling event is sponsored by Quadratec and Offroad Consulting, and brings together a diverse group of overlanders for trail runs, skills instruction, and networking opportunities in a festival atmosphere with onsite camping and optional activities the whole family can enjoy…


Participating in the Jeep Invasion and the 8th annual Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival, June 8-10, in Butler, PA. The Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival is a tribute event to the original jeep, the history behind it, the people who created it, and its birthplace, Butler Pennsylvania. The event provides Jeep enthusiasts with on and off-road experiences that embrace the vehicle’s past and the lifestyle it now fosters. The family-friendly event is held at Coopers Lake Campground, about an hour north of Pittsburgh, PA every year with on-site off-road trails, a Jeep “playground” obstacle course, Jeep History exhibit, huge vendor area with 150+ companies and more…


THE HOMELESS CRISIS IN PARIS

The numbers of homeless people sleeping on the streets in Paris has risen exponentially and visitors are often shocked by the grim poverty. Rows of tents lining the bank of the Canal St Martin are a striking reminder that the situation is only getting worse, despite policies put in place to ease the crisis. According to a report in The Local, the increase in people sleeping outside is due in large part to the general financial crisis, and a lack of affordable housing. Refugees and economic migrants add to the numbers. Despite the addition of 13,000 extra places in emergency winter shelters, a large number of homeless remain on the streets in freezing cold weather. An estimate based on a one-night census in February counts 3,000 people sleeping outdoors in Paris. This winter eleven homeless people have died on the streets in January and February, the coldest months…



Paris
31°
clear sky
humidity: 90%
wind: 9mph SE
H 44 • L 31
45°
Sun
47°
Mon
45°
Tue
Weather from OpenWeatherMap

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