In Search of Heloise and Abelard in Paris

My friend Donna Morris of Best Friend in Paris has been reading Paris and Her Remarkable Women by Lorraine Liscio. It presents sixteen mini-biographies of women whose lives influenced Paris. They begin with Saint Genevieve, the patron saint of Paris, and end with...

Go to Paris for an Agriculture Show? Oui, bien sur!

I was in Paris last week expressly so I could attend the International Agriculture Salon. It’s like the biggest state fair you’ve ever seen – except that it’s way better…indoors, in Paris, and all about French food and wine. What particularly lured me was the cows. Of...

American Jazz in Paris at the Swedish Club

Listening to live jazz is often problematic for me, because jazz clubs start playing about the time I’m snapping off the bedside lamp. But last week in Paris, my friend Donna Morris pointed me to the Cercle Suédois, upstairs in a beautiful building near the Place de...

I Love Galettes

I never used to care for crepes. Until I discovered galettes, those dark buckwheat flour crepes – all crisp and lacy on the edges – last time I was in Paris. So here I am again in Paris. And it’s always a debate: do I try new things (that’s how I discovered galettes...

Veneration of the Crown of Thorns at Notre Dame

It was a cold day last February when Robin and I dashed into Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, just for a quick look around. Neither of us had been there for years. “Oh, look,” I pointed out to her. “Here’s a poster about the Crown of Thorns. They take it out once a...

Just Book It!

You know how long it takes to book a flight online these days? About 20 minutes. So we’re all just about 20 minutes away from starting that trip that we’ve been dreaming about. What stops us? Oh, it feels so irresponsible…I need to save money, I don’t deserve a...