The Assumption of Mary

Entry Hall, Notre Dame de la Médaille Miraculeuse

August 15th is the French national holiday for the Assumption of Mary. This religious day is celebrated in many parts of the world by about 1.5 billion Catholics, Eastern and Oriental Orthodox, as well as by parts of the Anglican Church. The holiday … [Continue reading]

August in Paris

Brenda on deserted rue Cler

Today it’s about 97°F, which has been typical this August in Paris. We have bright sun and not much wind. Since most apartments don’t have air conditioning, it’s pretty miserable in most places. The French call this weather une canicule, which comes … [Continue reading]

US Passport Renewal in Paris

US Embassy Paris

A small insight into life for Americans in France. We are in the process of passport renewal for our 10 year US passports. In the US you would fill out a form, send it with a check in the amount of the renewal fee to the State Department, along with … [Continue reading]

Snow in Paris

Champs de Mars in the snow

It doesn’t snow in Paris very often, and when it does, we see the flakes falling but nothing accumulates on the ground. Paris, although it is at the same latitude as the northern-most parts of the US, has a mild, temperate climate similar to Seattle. … [Continue reading]

Happy New Year 2018!

Apologies to our readers. We have fixed the security device that was blocking comments to our post. We did a lot in 2017, but one thing we didn’t do was post to this blog. Our experiment of living in France is now almost five years old, and 2017 … [Continue reading]

What did you do in 2016?

Pianist Emil Reinert with two friends

Joyeux fête de fin d'année! (Happy new year's eve celebration!) Friends in the US and people we meet here ask us what we do in France. When we tell them we are retired, the French always wonder how we could possibly have chosen France, since … [Continue reading]

Eisenhower in Paris

Building where Eisenhower lived in Paris in 1928, now 68 Quai Louis Blériot

The only President I’ve ever seen in person was Dwight Eisenhower. It was 1956, and we lived in Peoria, Illinois. You might think that a 5 year old would not remember much of what happened back then, but I already knew who he was and what he looked … [Continue reading]

French Labor Protests

French Labor protest being organized at École Militaire near our apartment

In our neighborhood of Paris, we've already seen two large, well organized French labor protests. There are now violent protests throughout France against proposed changes to the labor laws. The government is trying to improve the economy - why is … [Continue reading]

Visit to the Swedish Club

Site of Nobel’s former Paris house on Avenue Raymond Poincaré

Last week we received an invitation from an acquaintance to go to a mixed French and English group get together at a local Paris cafe, Lili et Riton in Montparnasse. It was followed by a light dinner and jazz music fest at a place called Cercle … [Continue reading]

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]