Stone Soup by Jan Eliot

Stone Soup

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  1. emjaycee

    emjaycee said, over 3 years ago

    Went to Paris on a school trip back in the mid-70s. One of my classmates had actually packed four different pairs of pajamas for a seven day trip, in addition to three pairs of jeans and a few sweatshirts. The French teacher went to her house and repacked everything vital into one suitcase, getting rid of the excess – this was all before the extra baggage charge, but the teacher did not want to wait at the airport for two bags for one person. That was my experience in packing lightly.

  2. simpsonfan2

    simpsonfan2 said, over 3 years ago

    Or a view of it from a hotel in DC. On Green Acres once, they were going to DC, everyone in Hooterville said to visit the Eiffel Tower. At the end of the show, they were in their hotel room, Oliver opened the window, and there it was, right where it was supposed to be. Tthe Eiffel Tower.

  3. samvadi

    samvadi said, over 3 years ago

    Looks trim and slim – the luggage that is!

  4. gkid

    gkid said, over 3 years ago

    As a red blooded woman, I still hope she gets
    to go shopping. Not a “break the bank” spree,
    let’s get serious…Wally’s only an accountant.
    But she’s in PARIS. Let her walk the shops. Maybe
    1 dress. You gotta think..this is a housewife, and
    devoted mother. It’s the trip of a lifetime, for
    Joan. All she and Wally do is work and take
    care of kids. I for one think she deserves this.

  5. PhoebeDog

    PhoebeDog said, over 3 years ago


    I agree that she needs to buy SOMETHING, but my first thought when you said one dress—where is she going to wear it? But then, I am one of those women who hates shopping.

  6. JulieB

    JulieB said, over 3 years ago

    Wally is an Insurance Agent; he WON the trip for selling enough policies!

  7. Monkeyhead

    Monkeyhead said, over 3 years ago


    At least I wasn’t the only one that thought that.

  8. specinss

    specinss said, over 3 years ago

    Ever heard of Mix and Match? Lot’s of outfits.

  9. Elsie Ross

    Elsie Ross said, over 3 years ago

    she should buy an outfit and some great accessories !!

  10. Kab Buch

    Kab Buch said, over 3 years ago

    I would want to tour Paris. When my husband and I went for a short vacation was at a fun place and not too much hotel time. We went for entertainment.

  11. Saskfan

    Saskfan said, over 3 years ago

    I don’t see any mention of underwear. That wouldn’t take up much room in Joan’s suitcase. Or Wally’s. And there’d still be room for one nice item of clothing, and two or three inexpensive pieces. Sounds like she won’t need pyjamas, though. :)

  12. georgiiii

    georgiiii said, over 3 years ago

    Paris – go off season, walk everywhere you possibly can, stop in cafes and small restaurants outside of tourist areas, learn a few words of French and talk to people (they will switch to English but will be impressed you bothered), hit the major spots you’re interested in on a city tour – saves time and you can always go back if you want to, get out of town for an afternoon if the weather is nice. The trains are easy and convenient. Have fun – it’s a vacation, not a job.

  13. Macushlalondra

    Macushlalondra said, over 3 years ago

    She doesn’t need a dress, maybe a blouse or a gorgeous scarf. Then a piece of jewelry. Other than that she will have to buy souvenirs for everyone.

  14. DAZZ

    DAZZ said, over 3 years ago

    Yes, don’t bother packing a lot. There is noone there who would be impressed by your wardrobe or who you’ll even see again. When my lover and I travel I take only enough for a change, with a pretty silk nightgown to put on in the morning for breakfast. Some places we had that on a balcony.

    I agree, to buy a pretty blouse or scarf and possible accessories would be nice (and practical) as long as they are top quality. Personally, I don’t care about leaving the continent, tho’ my new Scottish son-in-law would like me to go there. If I’m with my love, it doesn’t matter where I am – always happy!

  15. Comic Minister

    Comic Minister said, over 3 years ago

    Don’t forget a pair of shorts Joan.

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