Week 31/52

Weekly snapshots of family life in 2016 We are now back in the US, much to my mother’s relief.  While we were in France last month, she begged me frequently to go back to the US.  According to her, my girls will be much safer back in the suburbs of Northern New Jersey.   But …

Week 30/52

Weekly snapshots of family life in 2016 Our stay here in France is winding down.  We are leaving Normandy today to spend a couple of days in Paris. It’s always bittersweet, this part of the trip. I’m looking forward to going back home but I’m always sad to leave France because I think there’s always …

Week 29/52

Weekly snapshots of family life in 2016 We’re still in France.  It has been a rollercoaster of a week.  There was the high from being in Amsterdam and being reminded of how tolerance and diversity can work and the thrill of France going to the Euro Cup finals, which lifted the country’s spirit albeit for …

Week 27/52

Weekly snapshots of family life in 2016 Happy Fourth of July to everyone in the US! We’re here in France, enjoying a slower pace as well as rediscovering things that we’ve left behind at our house here about a year ago. It’s become a bit easier coming here over the years, especially now that the …

Undecorate

Seeing French interior designer/photographer Annabel Gueret’s loft in Nantes, France reminds me of one of my favorite interior decorating books of all times, Undecorate, by Christine Lemieux. It’s the whole principle of not following design rules and decorating according to what appeals to you and your visual senses that sometimes work best. Personally, I find the …

Tilt Kids Festival

For about a month, the French Institute/Alliance Française in New York, along with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, are hosting the Tilt Kids Festival, a unique and innovative way to children’s entertainment and fun.  Ines and I checked out the Le Bestiare exhibit, a make-believe zoo where kids can imagine themselves donning on …

52 Weeks, Week 46

Weekly snapshots of my girls and life in general in 2015 Last Friday, my friend Mia and I were looking forward to going to an Alliance Française-sponsored event in Montclair where former New York Times Paris Bureau Chief Elaine Sciolino was supposed to talk about her new book, The Only Street in Paris. An hour and …

Fondation Louis Vuitton

On our last day in Paris a couple of weekend ago, we went to the Fondation Louis Vuitton, a museum and creative space to showcase LVMH’s art collection and hold fashion shows.  Designed by Frank Gehry, the space is a wonderfully gigantic establishment that resembles an oversized sailboat.  It is  something to marvel at from …

Look of Deauville Villas

I thought I’d share some images of the Deauville villas that are typical of this Norman seaside resort.  Usually French magazines feature the larger and more well-known villas in town like Villa Strassburger, which was once owned by the Rothschild Family.  But I thought these other less-famous houses here deserve a bit of attention and …