Archive for the 'Life in Paris' Category

Farewell for Now, Paris

January 1st, 2013

One final update… On December 12, 2012, after five and a half years living in Paris, we moved back to the United States, and have settled in San Diego, California. When we started this blog back in 2007, we imagined that we’d document every step of our journey to get to France and all the […]

Lunch in the Loft

November 8th, 2008

A little over a month ago, I received an email message from someone who identified herself only as “Miss Lunch.” Apparently she’d found out from reading this blog that we live in Paris and like good food, so she wanted to let us know about her new project Lunch in the Loft and invite us […]

No room at the exhibition

July 18th, 2008

Back in January, when I first heard about the Camille Claudel exhibition planned for April through July at the Musée Rodin, I knew it was something I had to see. I’ve been fascinated by Claudel ever since I saw the 1988 film Camille Claudel, starring Isabelle Adjani in the title role and Gérard Depardieu as […]

Hot Air

July 11th, 2008

As a service to proprietors of eating and drinking establishments (whether in Paris or beyond) I offer the following common, but still pertinent, observation: sometimes it’s the little things that impress us (your customers) most. Case in point: this afternoon Joe and I spent a few hours at a café across from the parc des […]

One Year in Paris!

July 2nd, 2008

Today is the one-year anniversary of our move to Paris! We celebrated that tiring, stressful move across the ocean by undertaking a tiring, stressful move across the city to a new apartment. We’ve got some recuperating ahead of us, but other than that, we’re still very happy to be here, and looking forward to the […]

How to buy something at Darty

May 19th, 2008

We’d been in need of a new bathroom scale, so yesterday we headed to a local Darty, a chain of stores with a selection somewhat like Best Buy—appliances, electronics, and suchlike. I was expecting this to be an extremely simple operation: pick out a scale, take it to the register, pay for it, and leave. […]

Sans blague

May 19th, 2008

The French expression for “no kidding” is sans blague (literally, “without joke”). Since blague sounds pretty much like “blog,” it makes for a nice little bilingual pun—bloggers = blagueurs (jokers); hence the name of our friend Meg’s blog, Le Blagueur à Paris. Anyway, we’ve been sans blog here for a while, sans blague. When I […]

Social Security and Spain

February 22nd, 2008

Today was going to be an exciting day anyway, because in a few hours Morgen and I are leaving for a one-week trip to Spain. We’ll be in the town of Marbella, on the southern coast, just a short drive from Gibraltar—which we might also visit. Perhaps we’ll even get adventurous and take a ferry […]

Driver’s License Arrived

February 16th, 2008

I was awakened this morning (that would be, er, yesterday morning, as I’m writing after midnight) by the doorbell, but I only had 30 seconds to be grumpy about it. It was the mail carrier, delivering my French driver’s license (two signatures required for delivery). Back when I passed my road test, I asked my […]

Fire at Deyrolle

February 2nd, 2008

It’s a sad day in Paris. A landmark dating to 1831, and one of our favorite places to immerse ourselves in decay and general weirdness, was severely damaged by fire yesterday morning. Deyrolle, the taxidermy shop and walk-in cabinet of curiosities, was the site of a major blaze yesterday morning that took 55 firefighters and […]

A terrific birthday present

January 10th, 2008

Today is—or rather yesterday (the 9th) was, since I’m writing this after midnight Paris time—my 41st birthday. This evening Morgen and I went out for dinner with some friends at a fantastic Indonesian restaurant near Les Halles, Djakarta Bali. I thought that was appropriate given that this time last year we were in Indonesia. (On […]

New Year’s Update

January 3rd, 2008

Well, I’ve been living in interesting times. Less than a month ago, Morgen and I were wondering whether we were going to have a dull Christmas, since our budget was, shall we say, not conducive to travel (or bringing family members here to Paris). We were, however, looking forward to the week between Christmas and […]

The Sweet Life in Paris

November 20th, 2007

In the course of doing research for my latest post on Gridskipper, Algerian Patisseries in Paris, Joe and I had to sample as many delicious Algerian pastries as we could. It’s a tough job, I know, but someone’s got to do it. If you’ve never tasted Algerian pastries, I would highly recommend them. They are […]

Pétanque, Taxidermy, and Ramen

November 10th, 2007

Now that I have your attention, you may be wondering what the three items in the name of this post could possibly have in common. The answer: all three were subjects of recent posts I wrote for Gridskipper. My latest post is about Pétanque in Paris and includes places where you can watch games in […]

The Name of the Spouse

November 10th, 2007

I can’t say exactly when it was I decided that if I got married I wouldn’t change my last name, but I know that by the time I got to college the idea was pretty much confirmed in my mind. I knew a lot of people at that time who were finding creative ways to […]