Month: July 2012

Bonjour les amis,This French Girl is alive, and well. My boys and I have just wrapped up our first week of happy sailing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. We left American waters on Thursday and entered the quaint and scenic Canadian Gulf islands. The Gulf Islands: So far, we have stopped on Pender, Galiano, and Thetis…

 “Our home away from home!” The name puzzles some people,until they see the French flag attached to the mast… Ahoy, Mateys!We are off, floating about on the salty and frigid waters of the Pacific Northwest, a summer tradition for this family (and many others around us, judging from the number of boats docked at local…

While I lived in Paris many years ago, it seemed much of my time was spent working, commuting to and from work, or lining up to get into movie theaters or other popular places. We were in our late 20s then, and had few responsibilities. Several times a week, evenings were reserved for relaxation, a good…

Il était une fois Bagatelle. Once upon a time, Bagatelle, a modest château surrounded by beautiful gardens, on the western edge of Paris’s 16th arrondissement. Tucked away inside the expansive Bois de Boulogne (twice the size of New York’s Central Park,) it is easy to miss. Many visitors do, because they don’t know about it. Even if they…