Last Day in Paris

Friday was our last full day in Paris, and we hadn’t scheduled anything so that we could have a bit of flexibility. But there was one must-see that we hadn’t experienced, so we knew we had to go to Notre Dame. It was a beautiful day, and we started by picking up some quiches and … [Read more…]

School’s Out for Summer!

We had a celebration for J and her friends for the last day of middle school. This is a long-held tradition that started back when the kids were little and I knew that a couple of her friends’ moms would be at work all day, hours beyond the ridiculously-early school dismissal. I’m glad, now, that … [Read more…]

Sweet Summer

A few years ago our next door neighbor planted strawberries for us to share, and now it’s a flourishing crop. The girls love to go out and pick them. They’ll pick multiple times a day and bring in a pile each time. If you are not fortunate enough to have strawberries growing a few steps … [Read more…]

Cultural Excursions

Tomorrow is the last day of classes for the school year at Washington Irving, and I’m a little sad. For the last couple of months I’ve been tutoring there, mostly with a group of women from Afghanistan who don’t speak much English. They are awesome. They work super-hard and are so appreciative of any help … [Read more…]

Bike Tour, Musee d’Orsay, and More

On Thursday morning in Paris, we were scheduled to go on the Paris Charms & Secrets Tour (before you click the link, know that it auto-plays music). I wrote a review of the tour which you can see here: Review of Paris Charms & Secrets Tour. We were scheduled to meet our tour guide at … [Read more…]

Summer!

Hooray! We finally have some sunshine! I don’t know about the rest of you, but I was beginning to feel a bit like Margot in “All Summer in a Day.” Which I said to my husband and younger daughter, and they hadn’t read the story by Ray Bradbury, which surprised me. It is a good … [Read more…]

Our Trip to Versailles

On Tuesday of our big Paris trip, we went to Versailles. We’d booked a tour with Blue Fox Travel on the recommendation of a friend, and I’ve written a review of our two Blue Fox tours over on KidsOutAndAbout.com. We were scheduled to meet our group at Gare St.-Lazare, and lucky for us, that was a … [Read more…]

Mom & J Quality Time

For Memorial Day Weekend, M had a soccer tournament out of town, so Cute W took her and J and I were left on our own. It was lovely, actually. On Friday night we were lazy, staying in and mining the freezer for dinner, then popping some popcorn and watching Queen of Katwe, which is … [Read more…]

More Paris! We Climb Some Stairs on Monday

Once again I received a delightful room service breakfast courtesy of Cute W, who went out extra-early with J to locate coffee, quiche, and pastries while M and I slept in. Monday was cloudy with intermittent rain as we started walking up the Champs-Elysées, so we’d duck into a covered arcade whenever it rained bit … [Read more…]