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Santa Claus Ousted by Pere Noel

Instead of being home for the holidays, the Strentz and Martell families flew from Seattle, Des Moines, Asheville, Rome and Dakar to meet up in Paris to celebrate Christmas 2000



happy 2001
from laura, rachael, herb, tamra, ryan, joan, beth & photographer don @ the eiffel tower

We strolled through the the Louve, D'Orsay and Pompidou, viewed the city from the top of the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triumph and millenium ferris wheel, browsed the offerings at Galleries Lafayette, Bon Marche and Conran's, ate, drank and were merry and avoided any conversations concerning the recent results of the presidential election.

photo ID
1. The Strentz Family: Tamra, Joan, Herb & Laura at Hotel Tourville (note: the Martells wore green hats, but conveniently, any photo record of this is missing.)
2. The Martell Family sans Rachael: Don, Beth & Ryan
3. Rachael toasts to being out of Africa for the holidays