Our flights home featured an 8-hr layover in Paris.
This was time enough to go into the city and have breakfast at a brasserie along Quai
Saint-Michel, with a view of Notre Dame cathedral.
As we watched the bustle along the cold street, the wildlife, the people, the cuisine,
everything we loved about India, were literally and figuratively a world away. But we left
optimistic about the future of Indian wildlife. First, these wonderful animals fully
deserve a place on earth.
Second, theres the financial side. Ecotourism lodges have sprung up like
mushrooms around Bandhavgarh and Gir. The continued presence of lions or tigers means
thousands of jobs for the regions. All things considered, there's every reason to be
hopeful our grandchildren will enjoy what we did in India.