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Jul 11, 2019

Digging La Digue: Le Plaisir Passe par Courseulles sur Mer

THE STORY:

There are plenty of boardwalks that are more famous, but to me none are more special than the boardwalk that runs between Courseulles-sur-Mer and Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer on the English Channel coast in Normandie.


Jun 27, 2019

New-fangled Old Art: Crottin de Champcol

THE STORY: 

You've seen Klimt before, but perhaps never quite like this -- projected onto the walls of an old converted foundry in a residential-industrial section of Paris. It's air conditioned, dark, and cool and turns out to be a great way to immerse yourself inside great works of art on a hot day, as long as you're OK with sitting on floors.


Jun 13, 2019

Isn't it Romantique?: Germollin

THE STORY:

This is not the most romantic thing you can do in Paris, but it is the most Romantic: the Musée de la Vie Romantique (Museum of the Romantic Life). In fact, it's a charming little museum with a garden and some sweet art, all tucked away in a hidden courtyard. But none of this will make any sense if you don't know the difference between Romance, romance, romantic, Romantic/Romantique, and Romanticism.


May 30, 2019

Au Revoir Notre Dame, Hope and Resolve: Valbrie au Poivre

THE STORY:

I am thrilled to report that it's not "adieu" to Notre Dame ("good bye forever") but rather "au revoir" ("till we see each other again"). By now you all know the horrible news that Notre Dame burned but the wonderful news that the stone exterior and even much of the interior art -- including stained glass windows and organ -- survived the fire, though with extensive damage.


Apr 15, 2019

Adieu Notre Dame, Flames and Tears: Brique Cendrée

THE STORY:  

When we first moved to Paris, Pippa was just six years old. Every time we passed by and pointed out Notre Dame to her, she corrected us: "Not Notre Dame, Ma Dame." Meaning "Not Our Lady, My Lady." And that is how she, and I, and all of our family still feel about Notre Dame de Paris. Yes, I know it belongs to the world, to France, to Paris, to the Catholics, but also -- specifically and personally -- to us and our family. It was the playground where our kids grew up. Gigi's handprint is still on the tree just outside the church, a remnant left from a day of finger painting in the garden about seven years ago. Notre Dame was the backdrop to our Parisian lives.

Feb 27, 2019

La Vie est Belle: Petit Breton

THE STORY: 

Life is beautiful or, as they say in French, "la vie est belle." In the case of this tiny river named "La Vie" ("Life") in the Vendée, it's quite literally true. La Vie is beautiful. And even though it's a tiny river in a tiny town, it packs a big wallop of fun in the form of the inflatable water park, something that France and Europe has embraced.

Feb 13, 2019

Those Three Little Words: Biquette de Vendée

THE STORY:

Though I have hundreds of thousands of photos, and I seem to have lost the ability to keep up with my careful cataloguing system a couple years ago, it only took me a few minutes to find a photo of me smooching one of my kids. You can see it happens so frequently, Pippa looks a little bored ("Yup, my mom loves me. Ho-hum."). I have warned the girls that it's one of my life's missions to kiss each and every freckle on their faces. That ensures me infinite kisses.


 
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