French Friday – Le Metro


A post by Vicki Archer of French Essence where she describes her love of the Parisian Metro reminded me that I had this half-written post that needed to be finished. While visiting Paris one of the best ways to get around is the Metro. The system is quite expansive and it it cheap (in comparison with U.S. city systems). To make your use of the Metro the best experience possible, I have a few … [Read more...]

(Not quite) Wordless Wednesday #48


This is the owner of the laundry/dry cleaner that I go to. She loves Paris.  She took that photo of the Eiffel Tower herself when she visited Paris for the first time five years ago. Two years ago she visited Spain, but made sure she stopped in Paris on the way home.  In two weeks she is on her way to Italy. She is going to visit Milan, Rome, Venice and Florence.  But to end her trip she is going … [Read more...]

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 it coincides with Valentine's Day which means that finding something to eat on Sunday is going to be outrageous. I am thinking of … [Read more...]

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 or a 1 Euro piece. They are self-cleaning, but still, in my opinion not that clean. By the way, a … [Read more...]

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, sometimes more. So my husband and I have found that we like to … [Read more...]

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 to offer three easy tips that will prevent you from being labeled as annoying by the French, as well as fellow … [Read more...]

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 and beautiful person, can't you tell by that smile? She is like my little memory fairy. I struggle with my memory and with 3 out of … [Read more...]

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 of stuff. In a recent post about homework battles Corrie's son, Jonathan, taught me  a neat trick for … [Read more...]

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 home with us so that we can have a taste of France from time to time. And what's the best way to do that? Comtesse du Barry … [Read more...]

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 than buy gifts for people who have plenty in their life. The same goes for me and my husband, we don't exchange … [Read more...]