Annual Trip to the Préfecture

Hugh standing in front of the Prefecture de Police, Paris

On Thursday, January 7th we went on our annual sojourn to the Préfecture de Police to renew our residence permits. Our original appointment was December 10th, the day before we were leaving for a Mexican cruise vacation. It seemed then to be a good … [Continue reading]

Return to the US to sell the house and say goodbye

6th Avenue Poulsbo home and garden

March to July, 2015 After 4 months in Poulsbo we have returned to Paris. The time in Poulsbo melted. We had no idea it would be so busy - our plans to keep up with people in Paris, continue French lessons, etc., faded in the rush to get … [Continue reading]

Terrorist Attacks in Paris

We have received many inquiries from the US about whether we were OK after the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. We are fine, but we’ve spent the past few days riveted to the news, learning about Muslims in France, and then Sunday marching in … [Continue reading]

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]