We’ve been back from Paris for two-and-a-half weeks, and I think that’s adequate time to recall the things I like better about the United States versus Paris. It’s a rather short list. But in the interest of balanced reporting, I felt obliged to represent the opposing view to this post. Toilet-seat covers. These handy, hygienic things are very helpful if you’re a woman who finds herself in need of a public […]
I’ve been keeping a mental list of the things I loved about Paris, things I wish we had here, or that would be possible to integrate into our lives here. I will do another list, of things I like better about the U.S. But before I do that I need to actually have a list. Two things is not a list. Ten Things I Like Better About Paris (in no […]
Before we get going with this little river-non-voyage tale, I want to say a few things, in our defense. Steve and I are not “ugly Americans.” At least, I don’t think so. I mean, look at that picture, up there. We’re adorable. And also, we took seriously the reputation that Americans have in Paris, of being loud, of being demanding. We’ve traveled a fair bit, and we’ve seen this reputation […]
I remember traveling in Spain by myself, and calling my dad a couple of time because I was lonely. During one conversation, I told him about the gypsies that tended to congregate around major tourist sights. At the Seville Cathedral, I even saw a guy with a monkey, dancing to a street organ. “Stay away from them,” my dad almost yelled. “Do you hear me? They’re thieves, all of them. […]
The shoe department at the Galeries Lafayette is the largest in THE WORLD. It is 34,500 square feet. So, don’t judge me. I sort of feel like I should go back, though. Conquer it, Napoleon style. Unless it’s my Russia, in which case, I die with honor. And a pair of shoes in my hand.