Around Seattle

Finding France is what I do; finding France is what I enjoy, wherever I happen to be. In France, even in touristy areas like Paris or Nice, I look for my France, and I find her if I am lucky: I remember feelings or experiences I once knew before relocating to the United States so…

There are iconic names in fashion, instantly recognizable around the world. Yves St Laurent (1936-2008) is one of them. In his heyday, the French couturier was a living legend. He was honored at New York’s Metropolitan Art Museum in the 1980s. In 1998, he staged a giant fashion show broadcast around the world during the soccer…

Ma Fête des Mères – A French Mother’s day – in 13 shots. by French Girl in Seattle There was a great restaurant, with architectural details imported from France… There was delicious French fare with a Northwest twist… There was a lively outdoor market, complete with a crêpe vendor… There were Boutiques with a French flavor… There were artisans…

You recognize the logo. You know the stores. Trader Joe’s: The brand that has redefined grocery shopping, and turned it into an fun experience, full or discovery and surprises. Trader Joe’s, the *cool* brand, and its cult-like following. I am lucky: I have two Trader Joe’s stores less than 15 minutes away from my place. There is…

Seattle vs. Paris. The Emerald City vs. the City of Light. They have a lot of things in common these two, and not always good ones. Under *areas for improvement,* I could list their notoriously unpredictable, and depressing weather, traffic, parking, or the cost of living (as anyone trying to invest in real estate in…

(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…

  I went to the mall today. I don’t like malls. I find them claustrophobic, and predictable. Same store chains. Same food outlets. People everywhere. Even worse at Christmas time. Special sales every two weeks (then why call them “special”?)   Beam my up, Scotty! (photographer unknown) I stay away from malls as much as I…

“This town of churches and dreams;  this town I thought I would lose myself in, with its backward ways and winding roads leading to nowhere;  but, I found myself instead.  -Magic in the Backyard (excerpt from American Honey, by Kelly Elmore)”    What does a big-city-loving-French-Girl do, when she can’t be in a big city? …

Fall has arrived with a vengeance. Wait, not fall. More like premature winter. Brrrrr… I have been drinking Fauchon tea almost daily, and this only happens when I am cold.    It looks like I will start wearing my new charming French doudoune, Mademoiselle Plume, a lot sooner than expected. Yes, it has arrived, and…