Saturday Six #10

Photo credit: Darwin Bell

Wow, this week just flew by! I am not sure if was catch-up from Blissdom or the fact that I am transitioning into a new role at work, but in either case, we are Saturday again!  It is a 3-day weekend for me and we are heading out for a weekend away. Only problem is […]

French Friday – Le Point WC – Paris' Glamorous Toilet!


It’s not easy to find a public toilet in Paris, nearly impossible to find free ones. There are a couple of options for using the restroom when nature calls. You can use the public toilets that are found on the street called sanisettes, some of them are free others require either a 50 cent piece […]

French Friday – One of my favorite Paris hotels is not in Paris!


That’s right. One of my favorite hotels in Paris isn’t actually in Paris, but rather the Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle airport! Huh? Yes, seriously, the Sheraton Paris Airport Hotel. When flying back to the U.S. from Paris, the flights are generally in the morning, between 7 and 11 a.m. Getting to the airport from Paris takes an hour, […]

Three simple tips on how not to be the annoying American tourist in Paris


Back when I did my trip report about my last trip to Paris I mentioned that I was going to follow up with a post about a group of Americans from New York who had impeded our Notre Dame excursion. Instead of picking on that particular group because that’s not really nice,  I am going […]

Guest post: JenX67 on Madeline


I got her! One of my favorite bloggers, guest-posting here! I tried to get Jen of JenX67 when I went to Paris in May, but her entire house fell sick, so instead a wrote a post in homage of her.  I cannot tell you how much I admire Jen.  She is a very talented writer […]

Guest post: Corrie will always have Paris

My pickle talks autism

Corrie and I found each other through SITS.  She writes a blog called My Pickle Talks Autism.  I like reading the stories about her days with her children. I know that autism is a serious matter, but I find the stories about her son so lighthearted. Sort of “out of the mouth of babes” kind […]

Paris Road Trip Report – Nov 09 – Part 3

View into the Paris Ferris Wheel and Arc d'Triumph from the Tuileries, Nov 09

Welcome back for the last part of my Paris trip report! If you missed Part 1 or 2 you can catch it here and here. Friday (11/27) Friday we woke with a mission. The mission was food. What else is new, I know. But this was different. We were going to purchase food to bring […]

French Friday – French Fantasy Christmas List


I thought it would be fun to do a French Friday Christmas list. I don’t buy any Christmas presents for anyone except my two nieces. We reached the age in my family where we really don’t need more “stuff” and I prefer to give money to charity or buy things for families in need rather […]

Day 11 Giveaway: Fleur de Lys pendant

Day 11

In honor of French Friday, today’s giveaway has a French theme. In June I won a contest on My French Corner – the question was easy – what would I do with $1000 in Paris – I said spend it all on dinner at Georges V (even though that would not cover the whole meal) […]

Paris Road Trip Report – Nov 09 – Part 2


Welcome to Part 2 of the recap of my recent Paris trip. If you missed Part 1 you can go back and read it here. Wednesday (11/25) Okay, so the plan was to go to Versailles and spend the day in and around the chateau. Only problem was, we did not think to set an […]