Archive for November, 2011

I woke up at 4:30 this morning after only three hours’ sleep. It’s weird: Almost every time I come to Paris, I eventually get so exhausted that I actually become a bit hyper. This morning I channeled my extra energy into a long pre-dawn walk. The very first thing I saw was a discarded cigarette […]


A few months ago I chuckled at the discovery that someone had stumbled upon my blog by Googling “berets for dogs in Paris.” I had every intention of researching the topic and writing about it, but, well, you know what they say about the road to hell and good intentions and all that. So it […]


Shortly after Steve and I arrived in Paris last week, we had the tremendous pleasure of meeting my blogger friend Corey Frye. He was as charming and smart and witty as his A French Frye in Paris blog had suggested, so I was very excited to meet up with him again this evening for a […]


Steve got up uncharacteristically early this morning: His train to Amsterdam was leaving at 11, and he hadn’t yet packed. “Why are we doing this?” I asked as he finished packing. It seemed like a good idea at the time, when I’d proposed we spend a week doing our own thing … After he left, […]


Today is Thanksgiving, back in the States. I have been fortunate to live 44 wonderful years, full of travel and love and rich experiences. And although I give thanks for my life every day, today I am extremely privileged to be doing so in Paris. Steve and I started our morning as we have for […]


Sometimes the pursuit of one journey leads to an entirely different adventure. Such was the case today when Steve and I headed to the Gare du Nord and Gare de L’Est to make some train reservations. Both train stations lie just a couple of miles north of our apartment, so we decided to walk home […]


To my friends, family, and faithful readers: I apologize that my posts have been a bit … um … “sputtery.” I’ve been spending my evenings with Esteban, rather than with my computer. Also, our Internet connection is as pouty and unpredictable as a French ‘demoiselle. But rest assured that all is well—and that I’ll continue […]


Before leaving for Paris, I bought two Cartes Musée for me and Steve. These cultural passes are one of the best (and least known) deals for tourists: Not only do they grant you “all you can see” access to Paris’ museums, but they also allow you to bypass the long lines. The catch? The weather […]


Paris is notorious for her nightlife, so it should be no surprise that her residents sleep in on a Sunday. Still, I’ve never gotten used to how desolate the city can feel. I got up before dawn today and was in the Bastille métro station by 7 a.m. It was a bit eerie to be […]


The highlight of my first Saturday in Paris came at the end of the day. But you’ll have to wait for that story because—as I told my new friend Corey tonight—I’m a linear thinker So let’s start at the beginning. Although today started fairly inauspiciously with a bit of drizzle, within a couple of hours […]