Around Seattle

Once upon a time, in my *other life,* [the French one,] I loved to go antique hunting. During field trips to les marchés aux Puces (flea markets) in St. Ouen, Vanves, or Montreuil, or to local brocantes and vide-greniers (garage sale,) I spent hours browsing, rummaging through dusty boxes, scanning shelves for the unique object –…

 This article was originally published in 2012. It has been updated.    Seattle can be absolutely magnificent in the summer, beautiful summer skies, greens and blues everywhere I look. Locals are relaxed, enjoying summer parties, barbecues, or trips to the beach.   One of the best places to experience the Emerald City is the Pike Place…

Life is good on a boat’s transom… Twenty days. 260 nautical miles. Two countries.  Objects lost at sea: 2 pairs of sunglasses. 1 Fedora hat. 1 flashlight. 1 wrench. 1 winch handle.  Successful rescues at sea: 1 dinghy. 1 boat hook. 1 fender. Photos taken: Too many to count.  Friendly people met: Too many to…

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…

Seattle is a tease. This summer, while other parts of the country are roasting in three-digit temperatures, La Seattle, like a beautiful woman capitalizing on her looks, has been playing hard to get. Locals expect lousy springs. This year, there was no spring at all. Still, La Seattle kept egging us on, a few hours of sunshine…

Is there more to Woodinville than rural living? Peut-être (maybe). If you read the last post you may remember the Woodinville Chamber of Commerce website states: “[Woodinville offers] rural living in an urban setting.” Not to disagree with the Chamber of Commerce, but the town scores more points in the rural living/outdoor recreation category than in the urban…

Our story begins in Paris, France, fifteen years ago. This is when a city girl in her early thirties, a newlywed, followed her husband to Seattle, WA, in one swift lateral move. [Paris latitude: 48 degrees 52’ N. Seattle latitude: 47 degrees 36’ N.] As a result, she traded Parisian grey skies (“la grisaille”) for…

Has spring finally arrived in the Pacific Northwest? For those of you who do not know the Washington coast, this is the time of year when even locals start complaining about the weather [a lot.] No more of that “Ah, rain! It is liquid sunshine, you know!” Everyone is just desperate for sun and natural…