Month: August 2014

Paris is a bustling, crazy city. Visitors often complain about the large crowds. Nobody has gotten lost in la Joconde‘s smile (Mona Lisa) since the 1960s. La Dame de Fer (the Eiffel Tower) will keep you waiting, and waiting. Les Champs-Elysées look like a cosmopolitan ant world, day and night. Notre-Dame only gets quiet if you climb her…

Je viens du sud. I come from the South. This summer, I went back where everything started, my hometown, Toulouse, or as it is known all over France, la Ville Rose, (the Pink City,) because of its magnificent red brick buildings. The 4th largest city in France, with the third largest student population, Toulouse is young,…

This year, like every single year since I moved to Seattle in 1996, I went back to Paris where I lived for 10 years before I became a French expat in the United States. Even if I am not a Parisian, this is the French city I know the most intimately. As soon as I…