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]

Notary Service at the US Embassy Paris

I recently had to use the Notary Service at the US Embassy Paris. My strategy to transfer funds from our US bank to our account in France has been to use a 3rd party company, Venstar Exchange, to provide a better exchange rate than we  could get … [Continue reading]

Northern Ireland: The Troubles

Tour of "The Troubles" in Catholic Belfast As part of our Belfast visit we wanted to learn more about the conflict in Northern Ireland known as "The Troubles". Anyone old enough can remember how from the early '70s until well into the '90s, year … [Continue reading]

Northern Ireland: Tour of the Causeway Coastal Route and Glens

We dedicated one day in Northern Ireland to a bus tour of the Causeway Coastal Route and Glens, including a visit to Carrickfergus Castle, a drive along the Nine Glens of Antrim, a walk along the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, lunch at The Old … [Continue reading]