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Things that scare Parisians

Things that scare Parisians

mylittleparis.com
 
This week, a funny list has been making the rounds online, and as luck would have it, it was in French. Dommage. Loosely translated, it said: Things that scare Parisians. I wanted my readers to be able to enjoy it too, so I have prepared a free translation. You’re welcome! Do not miss the original story, here: The illustrations are excellent.
 
Several remarks come to mind when I look at the list. 
 
  • Things have not changed that much in Paris since I left, in 1996. 
  • Le Parisien, (the Parisian,) is defined as a person living in “Paris intra-muros,” i.e. in downtown Paris, within the border created by le périphérique, (the beltway.) You may live right outside le périphérique. If you do, you are not a true Parisian. You have become un banlieusard, (a commuter, living in suburbia,) and that, to a true Parisian, is only slightly better, than being un provincial (someone living outside the French capital.) 
 
Paris Intra-Muros (in dark blue on the map,) includes
two parks: Le Bois de Boulogne, and le Bois de Vincennes
  • A large part of Parisian life revolves around the [excellent] public transportation system and le Métro (the subway.) 
 
… but les Abbesses métro station is nowhere near le Châtelet stop!
MylittleParis.com
 
Are you ready? Here is my best attempt at a translation… 
 
 
Things that Scare Parisians
(In Paris, you risk your life every day)
 
French article with h.i.l.a.r.i.o.u.s. illustrations
 here.
 
 
1. Falling down the Metro stairs and dying.
 
2. Cell phone theft.
 
3. A strike in the Paris transportation system.
 
4. Having to act as a tour guide for tourist friends and splitting your day between the Eiffel Tower and Mona Lisa.
 
5. Getting stuck in a street demonstration.
 
6. La Bastille square, after a street demonstration (Ed.: Most mass demonstrations end up there, a lively yet horrendous sight.) 
 
7. Les Grands Boulevards, on a Saturday before Christmas, or during the bi-annual sale season (Ed.: Major Parisian department stores are located near les Grands Boulevards, in the Opéra Garnier neighborhood.) 
 
8. La rue de Lappe, every evening (Ed.: A small, cobbled street in la Bastille neighborhood, well-known for its nightlife.) 
 
9. Getting stuck in the subway between two stops for over two minutes with no explanation, and imagining your own painful and inevitable demise. 
 
10. Walking alone at night in a deserted subway corridor… and disappearing.
 
11. To be reduced to using one of these one day (Ed.: Photo of a Sanisette, a self-contained, self-cleaning, unisex public toilet in a Paris street.) 
 
12. Transferring from les Halles métro station to le Châtelet RER stop (Ed.: A logistical nightmare, as these are two of Paris’ busiest stations, with mile-long corridors.) 
 
13. Having the irrepressible urge to use the bathroom while being in the subway.
 
14. Pigeons inside train stations.
 
15. Actually, any contact with a pigeon.
 
16. Having to go to a party on the other bank. 
 
17. Missing the last subway.
 
18. … and having to ride the Noctilien (Ed.: Night bus service for Paris and the suburbs.) 
 
19. Rats and other disgusting creatures living inside the subway system.
 
20. Having to ride the RER train (Ed.: Faster, but more intimidating than the Métro, with mile-long corridors.) 
 
21. Crossing the beltway and heading for the unknown… (Ed.: See my introductory comment about “true Parisians.”) 
 
22. Being pushed on the subway tracks by a lunatic.
 
23. Paris real estate prices! (Ed.: Photo of a 97 square-foot studio, with a $600 rent.) 
 
 
 
What did you think? Did you like it? I bet New Yorkers could relate to some of these, don’t you?
 
It is time to wrap up, but before I go, I just want to appeal to your better nature. You see, living in Paris involves a lot more than sitting at a café terrace and watching the world go by; nibbling Pierre Hermé macarons; getting Americanized chez McDo or at trendy food trucks. Living in Paris can be stressful. Danger lurks, whether real or imagined. There is no time to smile; or smell the Sanisette… uh… the roses. Living in Paris is serious business, and only true Parisians can put up with that much pressure. The rest of us… amateurs. We can only hope to watch and learn.
 
A bientôt.
 
 
MylittleParis.com
 
 
 
 
 
 

22 Responses to Things that scare Parisians

    • Bonjour Marie. Je suis sûre que les provinciaux connaissent aussi quelques-unes de ces difficultés liées aux transports ou aux grèves, qui n’arrivent pas qu’à Paris. Il serait amusant de voir une liste similaire pour plusieurs autres grandes villes françaises. Tu devrais t’atteler à celle de Nice. Ca pourrait être très amusant. Bisous et bonne semaine.

  1. Praying I never EVER encounter a rat. Especially not THAT close. ::shudders in disgust::

    I did see the original French article and your translation is perfect. I’d say my own biggest fears from this list are (in no particular order): the pigeons, and the transfer at Chatelet-Les Halles (or the one at Montparnasse).

  2. It’s been awhile since I’ve visited and I smile every time I read your blog. This article is too funny. I’m headed to Paris in May and September and I’m sure I’ll think of this list! Nice photo with Rick Steves. I take his packing advice when traveling!

  3. Vous êtes vraiment dans les clichés, vous! C’est très réducteur et classique des gens qui ne passent à Paris qu’en coup de vent! En fait, votre blog joue sur les clichés et reste à la surface des choses! Dommage, il y tellement de choses que vous pourriez partager!

    • Bonjour Chère Babounette. Merci de votre commentaire. Les stéréotypes sur la France et les Français sont en effet réducteurs: Ils sont malheureusement véhiculés dans le monde entier, notamment aux Etats-Unis, où je vis en revendiquant (fièrement) ma nationalité française. Mon blog a pour vocation d’informer, en divertissant. J’utilise principalement l’humour, et l’ironie pour “égratigner” les stéréotypes, les Américains et oui, même les Français, quand ils le méritent. Humour et ironie, comme ici, dans le dernier paragraphe, ce qui semble vous avoir échappé. Il est vrai que le blog est rédigé en anglais. Bonne journée.

    • Heureusement 🙂 J’ai fait partie des “pièces rapportées” pendant 10 ans à Paris (je suis originaire de Toulouse,) et je me faisais souvent la réflexion… Je n’ai connu que très peu de vrais Parisiens. Mais ne dit-on pas: “On ne naît pas parisien, on le devient” ?

  4. Sitting outside a pavement café, nibbling Pierre Hermé macarons ……you had me dreaming there!! An entertaining and lighthearted post and the last image in particular made me smile. I see these cute and clever illustrations are from MylittleParis.com. I reviewed the book on my blog quite a long time ago. I enjoy receiving their email updates and I even have their app on my iphone! I’ve just clicked on your link and read the French article and your translation was excellent! Having just spent a couple of days in London, I’m sure many Londoners can also relate to these too.

  5. These are hilarious!! #12 had me literally laugh out loud, because I’ve gotten lost there…three times. Once when I didn’t speak ANY French. And #3 made me laugh super hard because metro 1 and 7 are currently undergoing major changes at the moment. While visiting my friend Marine told me how the 1 was 2 hours late and everyone was stressed and NO ONE wanted to miss that train, and that she was way too close to people that she didn’t know, and that she had chosen the worst day EVER to have worn a skirt. I felt for her. I kept trying to tell her through my tears of laughter that “Oui, c’etait merde!!”

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Hollywood… You make me smile!

Hollywood… You make me smile!

Emma Thompson, Golden Globes 2014The “Louboutin-Martini” speech The Hollywood award season is underway, and it will culminate on Sunday March 2, with the 86th Academy Awards. For us movie fans, it is a fun time of year.  Some of us get excited about favorite movies; actors and actresses. Others tune in, so they can gawk…

26 Responses to Hollywood… You make me smile!

  1. I love a good movie and I could not agree with you more about the glamour of old Hollywood. It saddens me to think of all of the people who are famous for being famous, sadly some of them have not class, ok many of them.

    Your favorite leading ladies are also mine. I love the fact that these wonderful women are professional and talented and we do not see their life splashed daily across the tabloids.

  2. v you have the absolute best way with words….I do not watch the award shows I do not really know why I do not and most of my movies well really all of them are viewed at home (Netflix)-but I love a good story -I have trouble with suspense or action packed films I get too “keyed up” but I do love interesting plots and the twist or two-we are in the middle of another deep freeze and this was the perfect ending way to end the day after shoveling….enjoy the rest of the week dear v-

    • Merci beaucoup g. So we are both Netflix customers 🙂 I do make the most of my subscription, that is for sure. So sorry about your weather on the East Coast. I would absolutely hate that much cold. I think Netflix, with a cup of coffee or hot cocoa, is the way to go, don’t you? I can recommend a few French movies that recently came out. In fact, I just thought of a new post idea for next week. Hang in there, g, help is on its way! 🙂

    • CANNOT WAIT-yes yes to the recommendations– right you are– coffee and film; right now Agatha Christie-Death in the Clouds(a poirot mystery) on a side note a local museum in a suburb of Philly is having an exhibit of Grace Kelly’s cloths etc-a styling type of thing-will let you know how it is -a Philly girl-she would cringe at my saying that-PHILADELPHIA–sounds better don’tcha think 😉 waiting with baited breath for the next post/film selections!! as always thank you-for your art-of writing!!!

  3. Je ne suis pas très fan du cinéma américain actuel, par contre, celui de Grace et Audrey me fait encore rêver, c’est certainement une question d’age.

  4. Un bien joli post qui va ravir tous les fans de ciné, dont je suis, tu le sais . HA, Bradley, Bradley, Bradley… :o)
    Ici, nous n’avons que de petits morceaux des cérémonies. A une époque , je me levais à 3h du matin pour regarder les oscars en direct sur Canal!
    C’est vrai qu’il y a moins de glamour, que les stars paraissent plus proches de nous à cause d’ internet, des medias, que c’est plus difficile de trouver de vrais bons films ou de vrais bons acteurs…Mais l’essentiel est de pouvoir continuer à rêver grâce au cinéma . Et ça, ça n’a pas de prix!
    Bisous et à bientôt!

    • Ah, je pensais bien qu’il te plairait, celui-ci, Marie. Je sais que nous partageons une passion commune pour le [bon] cinéma américain et les grandes stars… Et comme tu le soulignes très justement, certains d’entre nous continuent de rêver et de s’évader grâce au cinéma, alors tout va bien. Bisous (le soleil est revenu sur la Côte, je crois…)

  5. Emma Thompson was great, like a breath of fresh air! And I had never seen those photos of Audrey and Grace before, how lovely. Thanks for posting them!

  6. “Personalities” is what I call some actors who become famous WITHOUT being good at their craft, but “celebrities” is a good word too. A lot of those “celebrities” are just good at promoting themselves, hiring the most expensive publicists, stylists…
    I love Emma and Meryl! They are not only good actors and nice, they also choose their scripts very carefully. In the true sense of the word, they are pros and deserved awards and oscars…

    • “Personalities.” I like that a lot, Nadege. And of course, you get to meet a lot of them in sunny Los Angeles, in your line of work. Have you ever met Meryl or Emma? I certainly would enjoy doing that! Thank you for stopping by…

  7. Dearest Véronique,
    Both of us (my husband Pieter and I) are quite illiterate about movies of the last two decades. Due to our extensive travel we were mostly gone, somewhere else in another continent. That’s one reason for not being able to keep up with it and frankly, I don’t even admire those late so-called movie stars. A few exceptions like I LOVED Patrick Swayze and maybe a few more. But there is no class, no style and all the glamour looks so FAKE! They certainly are bad role models for our young(er) generations. We used to get carried away when watching old day movies and cried. You watched them over and over again, without any loss of admiration. That is gone and as a matter of fact, being an International Consultants has made us more often feel embarrassed for the USA exporting all that Holywood crap. Most of you have never worked in so many countries as we did in all continents but if you would have, you would have felt embarrassed too. THAT’S how those countries look at the USA; judged by the poor, very poor image these Holywood ‘stars’ left for us.
    Hugs,
    Mariette

    • Well, that’s depressing, Mariette, and I can see your point, but I like to think that Hollywood also exports great movies, like “Saving Mr Banks;” or “August: Osage County.” You should go and see them now that your traveling days are over. You might enjoy them 🙂

  8. What a fabulous photo of Audrey and Grace (who will be featuring on my blog next week!) I love the old school glamour. You have included many of my favourites here, Meryl, Julia, Emma not forgetting Bradley of course who really impressed me with his French in one of your much earlier posts. There have been TV advertisements for ‘August: Osage County’ this week and it’s a film I intend seeing. (I would prefer to se it in our local old-fashioned cinema but we may have to be a little patient as the modern multi screens have the new films first) I like the Marilyn Monroe quote which is new to me – another coincidence too as there is a photo of her on my blog post this week too!
    http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk

    • Great minds think alike, miss b. Great minds think alike… 🙂

      Like you, I prefer old-fashioned movie theaters, but here in suburbia, we have to drive to the *big* city to find one… or we have to be ok with the giant local cineplex (neon lights are bad enough, but the popcorn smell… Ewwww… 🙂

      Will pop over to your blog to see the posts you mentioned. A bientôt !

  9. I am, indeed, old enough to remember all those fabulous Ladies (with a capital “L”), and I miss them terribly. Hollywood will never be the same without them. I do love Emma Thompson, as does Dan, although am not wild about her blonde hair. I don’t think it suits her. As to the wonderful Sandra Bullock, unfortunately, your plea comes a little too late. It’s obvious, at least to me, that she’s already had some work done on her face, but, so far so good. Hope she stops before she ends up in Meg Ryan territory. How utterly sad to ruin that adorable face.

    Great post comme d’hab, ma chère.

    Big bisous, M-T

    • Bonjour M-T. Well, Emma should listen to you. Style is your specialty, after all 🙂 I think I’d like her even with a ski hat on, but I am a bit biased. Agreed about Sandra Bullock. My comment was a bit cheeky. She needs to stop whatever she is doing, or things might get ugly. A bientôt M-T. Hugs to Dan.

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26 Responses to New Yorkers and Parisians: So different, yet so alike…

  1. My impression is that the French code of politesse is different from that found in American cities…Our French teacher taught us, when we go to France, to say: “Bonjour, excusez-moi, je ne veux pas vous déranger, mais où est…?” Or at the very least, “Excusez-moi, monsieur, madame….” I think the American way is to efficiently, directly just launch the question. I think both cultures value the use of “thank you.” “Bocheball”, above, is rude & mean by any standard of etiquette…and I must say, rush hour in the metro in any big city is stressful!

    • Thank you for your input. You made a good point: Codes in the US and France are very different. Many visitors have learned the lesson the hard way when they approach a French shopkeeper and ask a question without saying “Bonjour” first. All they usually get instead of an answer is: “BONJOUR, Madame/Monsieur !” — Always fun to watch, especially since it happens among the French too. La politesse, Madame, la politesse! 🙂

  2. V- ONE OF YOUR BEST!!! LOVED IT-AND SO TRUE ON EACH POINT- Love of one’s city can often blind us in so many ways-after all there is no place like home but when experiencing a new city- kindness politeness and empathy can go a long way much like a smile being universal! this goes for both the visitor and the resident!-Have a wonderful week!

  3. Dearest Véronique,
    Loved the most the sign about ‘La Politesse’; it indeed pays off big for being polite all the time. I’ve witnessed this too often in foreign countries where people got literally ripped off for lack of politeness!
    Guess this does apply to each city you travel to. Loved the Frog’s advice for not wearing the t-shirt I Love New York; that acts like a target board!
    Enjoy your week ahead.
    Hugs,
    Mariette

  4. Le Bobo (celui qui n’achète pas sa baguette chez le boulanger mais du pain complet dans sa “Biocoop”, ne prends pas le métro mais circule à vélo, bois du thé vert et passe ses vacances sous une yourte) est une espèce en voie de disparition, maintenant place au “Bomo” (bourgeois moche) qui refuse les modes et les codes esthétiques : La revanche du moche

    • Quelle bonne histoire, Alain, merci. Je n’avais pas encore entendu parler du “Bomo” dans ma campagne américaine reculée. Le site internet est excellent lui aussi. N’hésitez pas à partager d’autres observations. Je suis preneuse ! Bonne journée !

  5. Excellent analysis. My experience in Paris is that if you stand on a street corner with an open map, after only a few minutes, a Parisian will stop to offer directions… and often in English.

  6. Very funny and, well, true! Since I am looking forward to being a tourist in Paris in about a week, I’m take all Jean’s advice very seriously! Have a lovely week, Veronique. XOXO

  7. Eternel débat entre touristes et indigènes, degrés de politesse reçus ou perçus, modes de vie différents..
    On est toujours le touriste de quelqu’un à un moment ou à un autre de sa vie.
    Alors , faisons simple ,et restons tous ouverts et courtois.
    Et entre NY et Paris, je choisis Londres ! ;o)
    Bises et bonne semaine!
    PS le café à 2,5 euros, même avec la politesse, c’est sacrément cher!

    • Très juste, Marie, très juste. Entre New York et Paris, surtout pour vivre, je choisirais probablement Londres moi aussi, au moins pour un moment. Pour le tourisme, alors une des trois. Elles ont chacune un charme et un intérêt bien particulier!
      Et tu as raison pour le prix du café: Pas donné, donné, mais il faut bien amortir le coût du beau panneau émaillé. 🙂 Bisous

  8. I love the sign about the coffee (cheaper if you are polite), well even with the polite Australians, coffee costs an arm and a leg here! ($5 upwards). I have visited both cities, but Paris is my favourite, even though I can’t say I found the French that polite, certainly no one came to my rescue when I was stranded in an underground station when there was something wrong with the train, and I spoke to various people in English and they just mumbled and ran off in various directions….of course in the end I got on a bus, but got off on the wrong station and missed my flight! I keep on telling myself I need to re-learn French!

  9. Bonne Année, Véronique. A little belated but I’ve been away again (escaping the UK storms!). Wishing you happiness, good health and success in 2014. Happy Birthday to your blog too. The Paris vs New York book is one I intended buying a while ago as I came across it on Vahram’s blog some time ago and I think you have mentioned it before here too. I must order it!! I enjoyed all your lighthearted comparisons and the video too. An entertaining post and I especially liked the price list sign. When in France I enjoy the greetings as you soon as you enter a shop which doesn’t always happen in England!

    • Great to hear from you as always, miss b. Thank you for your visit.
      Escaping winter blues in sunnier climates is a wonderful idea. Wish I could do the same!
      Greetings are a big deal in France, and that is a good thing. Then again, Parisians can be moody, as demonstrated in the previous comment. Nobody’s perfect I guess.

    • Hi Véronique! Thank you very much for popping over today. I always appreciate your visits and like to hear your opinion. I must say I agree with you. All things French in the Dubai heat is just perfect for me too. As for your post, I remember reading parts 6 and 7 about ending a story on a happy note. Sometimes I think that these blogs have a mind of their own! Without warning strange things happen.

    • Thank you for the quick reply, miss b. Blogger… I tell you: One day, I will have a heart attack: When I looked at the blog this morning, half the text was missing… Yikes. This blog definitely has a mind of its own– and why should I be surprised? It is a FRENCH blog after all 🙂 Bonne fin de semaine.

  10. No doubt that travelling in France is not easy. There is a lots of Crowd in France trains. Some days ago my Friends visited France they told me all the condition about France so now i have decided to Book a car whenever i will visit to France.

  11. Bonjour de Montréal, Véronique. On trouve d’excellents bagels et des baguettes de première qualité ici. Malheureusement, cet hiver, nous avons également trop de maudite neige. Normalement, moi aussi je voyage à vélo, mais avec cette neige de merde, le métro, le bus et la marche. Je laisse le vélo hivernal aux plus jeunes.

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2014 begins in my Happy Place, Edmonds, WA

2014 begins in my Happy Place, Edmonds, WA

(Photo credit: thisoldheartblog.wordpress.com)   Bonjour 2014 ! Bonne année, les amis !   Another year of blogging starts this month…   Junior and I were alone during the second half of the Holidays. He had to work on a school project for National History Day.  But we took quality breaks to enjoy the cold, sunny…

26 Responses to 2014 begins in my Happy Place, Edmonds, WA

  1. Haaa.. voilà un grand , beau et bon bol d’air pour commencer l’année!
    J’avoue que j’adore quand tu nous montres là où tu vis, moi je trouve cette région juste magnifique!
    et ce ciel bleu! C’est moi qui vais finir par émigrer, ici tu serais déçue, pluie non stop quasiment depuis Noel, le monde à l’envers! Mais bon, moi j’aime..:o)
    M’autorises tu à utiliser la jolie photo que tu m’as envoyée,et pour laquelle je te remercie , sur mon blog, avec un lien vers le tien? J’adore ces bancs-souvenirs, et celui-là est particulièrement joli!
    J’espère que cette année a bien commencé pour toi! Et que le projet de Junior sera successful!
    Bises et à bientôt!

    • Merci de ta visite Marie. J’avoue avoir pensé à toi en publiant les photos de ce billet 🙂
      Si tu aimes la pluie, alors, c’est sûr, quitte Nice et émigre à Seattle. Tu seras servie ! Les belles journées sont rares en cette saison, d’où cette expédition avec Junior. Il ne fallait pas tâter ça !

      Et oui, bien sûr que tu peux utiliser la photo du banc. Elle t’a été dédiée après tout ! Même Junior connaît ton blog “Special Bancs…”

      Bisous. Et n’oublie pas le parapluie à Nice !

  2. Une petite ville américaine, telle qu’on l’imagine, quand on n’est jamais allé aux USA et qu’on lit les livres de Russel Banks ou Hillary Waugh.

    • C’est exactement ça Alain. 18 ans aux Etats-Unis. La réalité ne ressemble pas toujours à ce que l’on s’imagine en France, dans un sens ou dans l’autre, mais les petites villes comme Edmonds ne déçoivent jamais. Elles sont malheureusement assez rares. Le concept urbain aux USA, surtout dans la banlieue, est moins romantique, et la voiture indispensable. Bonne semaine et merci de votre visite.

  3. Lovely, Veronique. Looks like a perfect start to the new year. Isn’t it wonderful that we have all these beautiful spots to visit in the Pacific Northwest? I hope that 2014 proves to be a good year for you and Junior – full of fun, adventures and growth. Best to you both! XOXO

  4. Dearest Véronique,
    Junior is growing taller and taller..
    Surprising how green the grass still looks for this time of the year in some of your photos. Here it is all brown… dreary and drab looking.
    Edmonds looks really like a European town. Enjoy your winter and stay warm and cozy.
    Hugs,
    Mariette

  5. I too love Edmonds Veronique. I did my coaches training there and it was such a treat! Let’s grab lunch at Chantrelle sometime in the next few weeks?

    • Bonne Année Jennifer. So happy you also love Edmonds. That little town is a gem, and there will be more fun times spent there, on the shore, in my future! I will make sure of it… Hugs to la Belle Normandie– that is where I used to spend my weekends when I lived in Paris! 🙂

  6. You just had to write a post with the things I really REALLY miss – beaches, salt water, ferries, little wood houses. Would you believe I even miss the sound of the sea gulls and the smell of the water in the morning.

    Not much of any of these things where I live now but there are other compensations: we had galette for dessert last night (that will put five kilos on you in about five minutes). 🙂

    Bonne année, Véronique.

    • Bonjour Victoria, et bonne année ! Ha. I can imagine that you miss the Edmonds vistas in Versailles. Not quite the same environment, is it? 🙂

      Galette des Rois is definitely a great compensation for anything… and you can always walk it off on the Château de Versailles grounds the following morning. Take care.

  7. I love this post-but let’s be honest, there isn’t a one I don’t love-this place could easily be my happy place too– the bungalows look like our house at the shore-the stores, the food and the outdoor life, plus rick steves info galore-yup love it! BUT MY MOST FAVORITE PART ….. is the picture of you and jr. at the bottom-you look like a young girl and jr well, growing up and quite handsome-a sailor- a photographer -world traveler—gosh quite the resume for a chap his age; ) You know it was a great way to ring in the beginning of a new year….HERE IS TO TURNING THAT PAGE and Beginning a new chapter-may all your heart’s dreams and wishes come true dear v !! I hope it with all my heart.

    • Bonsoir my dear g. *from Philadelphia*! Glad I stopped by and found your comment.

      Thank you for the vote of confidence, and the support, as always. Not so sure I look like a young girl, but I know I look younger than my [many] years 🙂

      I agree with you. Time to turn that page, and to write my own story on a blank one. There are many good pages left in my book, and many fun adventures to write about 🙂 Hugs to you. Stay warm on the East Coast! Brrrrr!

  8. Love this post, said the gal in Camel-by-the-Sea, naturally. And esp the last photo of you with your son. Miss my son soooo much, who lives in Amsterdam. Hugs to you Veronique…may 2014 be an especially wonderful year…

  9. Hello Veronique

    That looks like a fun filled day. Edmonds will be on my list when I visit Seattle again.

    Junior is very handsome and I would love to see his photos.

    As the saying goes, the apple probably does not fall far from the tree.

    Continued joy and exploring
    Helenxx

  10. What a wonderful way to spend the day Veronique.. not only visiting one of your special places but with such a handsome young man 🙂 Your son is growing up oui.. it’s amazing how many young people do still prefer to use film, it definitely is more of a challenge, so much more thought has to go into each shot. Perhaps you could do a guest post and we could see some of his work 🙂

    • A guest post by Junior: Excellent idea, Grace! He loves landscape photography AND vintage cars. I will mention this to him and see what he says 🙂 Thank you for your visit. Happy New Year in warm and sunny Australia!

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