It's been a month now since Times travel writer Susan Spano began her online journal from Paris. She seems to have settled into posting once a week, and her column in last Sunday's print Travel section told of locating an apartment to rent. Her blog's comments page has gotten busy, with well-wishers, critics and advice seekers. There have also been some knocks aimed at Amy Alkon, who posted a lengthy critique of Spano's suitability to write from Paris. Wrote Walter Nichols of Los Angeles: "Alkon represents Paris as a bourgeois Mecca. This is not the way many working class people experience the city. Who is ultimately correct? Miss Alkon the snob, Miss Spano the tourist, or Monsieur Blue Collar? I would say all!" Also defenders: "I share Amy Alkon's comments," says Elma from South Pasadena.
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