Brenda and I were having our French lesson, and I asked our tutor Anna for help creating a telephone answering message for our home phone. She suggested, “Vous êtes bien chez Brenda et Hugh. S’il vous plaît laissez votre message après the bip.” Knowing that in French the h is silent, I asked about how […]
Wednesday night’s selection of the new Pope Francis was momentous here in Paris. At about 7 pm the single large bourden bell at Notre Dame started ringing with a low and unmistakable gong. We had heard it only once before, the night Pope Benedict stepped down. I turned on the TV and saw the white […]
It’s snowing here tonight, and it’s beautiful. I took some photos of Notre Dame de Paris and of the streets near our apartment. There isn’t very much snow, but it also appears that Paris has no snow removal equipment. Police lights are flashing everywhere. It’s slick out there. On the other hand, the metro is […]
In many ways we’ve tried to “go paperless” on our sojourn to France. We don’t have a printer but do have a scanner; we’ve learned how to sign documents and send them back without printing. We’re storing almost all of our bookkeeping information electronically. Still, as demonstrated in this video I received courtesy of my […]
Back when we were still living in Vincennes, Brenda and I had picked out a restaurant that we wanted to try called “L’Hedonist“. One night we set out to show up early and beat the rush, only to discover that l’Hedonist was closed. We found ourselves wandering around Vincennes with no idea where to eat. […]
Some of you may know that I have family in Pekin, Illinois. I wanted to include the evidence I’ve found so far that shows that Parisians hold Pekin in high regard.