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I hope all is well with you and that you are enjoying your stay in the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
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I am sitting at a sidewalk café on the Champs Élysées in Paris. Let me describe the scene to you, my dear friend. I am drinking a café au lait as I am writing this letter to you. Right now, I am staring at the Arc de Triomphe and I am trying to ignore the rude man beside me who is smoking a very smelly Gauloise cigarette.
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On the other side of me, a lady is walking by with three poodles on three different leashes. The dogs make such a mess on the beautiful streets of Paris! Behind me, a young girl is screaming and crying. She is disturbing me. I am leaving this café. It is too noisy!
(One hour later)
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I am back, Madeleine, and I am standing on top of the Arc de Triomphe. I am looking at the amazing view of the city. From up here, the city of Paris looks like a big star surrounding the monument. In the distance, the Eiffel Tower dominates the skyline. I am glad it is not cloudy, because I have a beautiful view of the city.
Please write back and tell me of all the wonderful things you are doing in New York!
Eloise is in New York City.
Eloise is writing in a cafe.
Madeleine is staying at the Plaza Hotel
The Arc de Triomphe is a monument.
Eloise is Madeleine's sister
The man sitting next to Eloise is smoking a pipe.
Eloise can't see the city from the top of the Arc de Triomphe because it is raining.
A young girl is bothering Eloise.
Eloise lives in Paris.
Eloise is visiting the Eiffel Tower.