Monthly Archives: September 2014

Before/After

Before I became a mother, I thought I could do anything. Literally. After I became a mother, I understood my limitations. Before my kid moved to Buc, I enjoyed the French train system. After multiple treks to and from Buc … Continue reading

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To Buc and Back

Buc is a little village butting up against Versailles. It’s quiet and quaint — the busy, narrow road that runs through it notwithstanding. The Adrienne Boland Residence is on the left right after leaving Versailles to enter Buc. Named after … Continue reading

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That’s What Friends Do

This morning, I arose early to lug a huge suitcase down 5.5 flights of apartment stairs, pull it through the streets of Paris, and down into the bowels of the city to catch the train, ride it for 40 minutes … Continue reading

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Mothering in Paris

I first came to Paris in my imagination as a young girl studying French in high school. I held no real expectation of ever really getting here. But decades later, I married a man who has a penchant for making … Continue reading

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M is for Monaco

M is for Monaco. M is for Monte Carlo. M is for money. There’s plenty of it in Monaco, the picturesque, pristine playground of the wealthy. We caught the train and headed east this morning to visit the principality-as-resort. After … Continue reading

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Redefining the Beach

Americans spend a lot of time at the beach. I’ve certainly spent more than a few vacations baking in the Florida sun. For me, the beach has always meant the smell of sunscreen, the relentless sound of the surf and … Continue reading

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Cannes Can’t

Hold a candle to Nice. This morning we boarded a train for the 30-minute ride west to Cannes, home of the film festival. In essence, Cannes felt like a congested, hurried tourist mecca. The ocean view around the Palais des … Continue reading

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