Bringing Down the White Picket Fence


Six months ago we heaved our luggage, for the final time, down the narrow and steep spiral staircase of our temporary little home in the beautiful city of Paris.  We rolled our suitcases onto our little cobblestone side street, adjusted our backpacks, took one final glance at our favorite cafe, and began our journey home. Here we are in January and I never really “finished Paris”.   During the last few days… Read More

Our Moms are in Paris and we’ve been so busy showing them the city that I’ve neglected to blog.  We’ve had them on bicycles and boats, to cafes and museums, on the sidelines of the Tour de France, and even for their first falafel!  I wish we had toted the camera along for that street dining experience!  We’ve walked and walked in the blazing sun and heat (they kindly brought it with… Read More

Provence…sigh… Blame my lack of blogging on the South of France. We just returned to Paris from our little “vacation on vacation”, a luxurious retreat to Saint Remy de Provence. Two years of marriage equals two sweet and delicious days of celebration in French paradise. Our only regret is we didn’t stay a week. I suggest if you are planning to walk down the aisle and say “I do” anytime soon, you… Read More

Find joy in the blunders, find joy in the blunders… Paris is dreamy with its dazzling tower, glistening lights, decadent food, and cozy cafes. Even the rain is romantic. Yet let’s be real. Paris isn’t perfect and neither are we. Here’s one of many posts devoted to our blunders, our mishaps, our unusual observations, and our causes for concern…all of which have added just a touch of spice to an already amazing… Read More

I apologize for not updating the blog in the last few days.  I’ve got several good reasons for not being able to write: 1.  While living it up like a Parisian, I was in the midst of selling and closing on my aunt’s house in NJ.  This is a house I inherited two years ago and have been trying to sell, rather unsuccessfully, ever since.  Of course, all the important stuff happens while… Read More

So here I was worried about packing enough shoes and, as it turns out, I should have been more concerned about packing appropriately for the weather. Today’s high temperature was a blustery 65 degrees with tonight’s low predicted to be about 57! Turns out my feet are just fine. I’ve just got a serious on and off case of the goosebumps. I know, I know, take my story walking right? I’m sure… Read More

We went to the Centre Pompidou this morning, a modern and contemporary art museum featuring legendary artists like Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, and Jackson Pollack, to name just a few.  We also got the opportunity to see a series of photographs by Robert Doisneau, the photographer featured in the coffee table book I mentioned in my post about Les Halles.  His photos of Paris from the 1940’s are realistic black and white… Read More

I’ve been having a lot of trouble sleeping in Paris. This is particularly unusual for me since I’m an avid sleeper at home. Even Paul is concerned and surprised by my inability to rest. It is not often that he sleeps better or more than I do. Yet here in Paris, the roles have been reversed. He sleeps, I don’t. Which is exactly the reason for no blog post yesterday. Paul was… Read More

Happy 4th of July USA!   You would be happy to hear that the cafes just down the street from our apartment are proudly displaying their red, white, and blue!  They’ve got streamers, American flags, and lots of people, all with a good excuse to party and eat a cheeseburger!  And Bruce Springsteen is here!  It doesn’t get much more American than that! As you can see, Bruce’s concert is complet, or… Read More

I’ve got three important words for today: Willi’s Wine Bar.  Today, after sleeping in late and missing breakfast, we set out in search of a good place to have lunch.  Willi’s Wine Bar has been high on Paul’s list for quite awhile now and since I am always more than willing to get a little lost for good food, we went out in search of Willi and his all too cool wine… Read More