Happy New Year!

I‘ve been thinking that there would be time to post an end of the year letter like the very nice ones I’ve been receiving in the mail - but no, the clock has almost run out. We started 2014 in Paris, celebrating with our American friends Martha … [Continue reading]

Running into John Paul Jones in Paris

Brenda and I were on our way to dinner with our French friends Catherine and Jacques when Catherine was talking about her decision years ago to give up a good paying job and start her own small business in France. She acknowledged that there was risk … [Continue reading]

Vacation to the Dominican Republic

In September our French friends Cat and Jacques invited us to go on vacation with them. They were planning a trip to the Dominican Republic. Since we are in effect already on vacation in Paris, it didn’t seem like a good idea to me, but they told … [Continue reading]

Trip to Barcelona

In early May we took a trip to Barcelona and spent three days exploring the town. Our Kitsap County friend Don Merry joined Brenda and I as part of a bigger European vacation Don had planned. This was a good deal for us because Don did most of the … [Continue reading]

Trip to Provence

Mount Sainte Victoire from Pourrieres

In early March our friend Laurie Greig called from Marseilles to let us know that she had just landed and would be spending a few weeks house sitting near Aix-en-Provence. The house was owned by some friends of hers. Did we want to take a trip to … [Continue reading]

100th Anniversary of World War I

August marks the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War I, an event that transformed Europe and produced a lasting effect on France. In Paris there have been several recent exhibitions showing various aspects of the war through French eyes. … [Continue reading]

Marion Nelson – 1922-2014

All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. This, the start of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, is also a principle in statistics. From Wikipedia - the Anna Karenina principle describes an endeavor in which a deficiency in … [Continue reading]

We finally get our Cartes de Séjour (residence permits)

Since November we've been working to assemble the paperwork required to spend another year in France. The French name for the residence permit we need is carte de séjour. A week ago we had an the appointment at the Préfecture de Police to present our … [Continue reading]

A new apartment in Paris

We've moved just 3 blocks from our first apartment in a medieval building along the Seine to a new apartment in Paris built on Boulevard Saint-Germain during the Haussmannian era of the mid 1800s. From roughly 1850 to 1870 France was governed by … [Continue reading]

Valentine’s Day in Paris

Like in the US, stores milk Valentine's day in Paris for as many sales of chocolate and hearts and roses and you name it as possible. Plus, Paris is for lovers so there's no shortage of kissing going on. Still Paris has its own literature that … [Continue reading]