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Everyone's flying the coop! Our son, Max, moves to Montpellier. Jackie, I told you, moves to Aix-en-Provence. And my Mom is moving to Mexico after her husband, Mr John, flew the coop to Paradise! "But your mom already lives in Mexico..." you say. No. She lives in Puerto Vallarta--with the rest of the gringos. Of course my... Read more →


When my daughter saw this photo, she recognized a favorite bar in Aix-en-Provence. I was actually hoping she would notice the old sign, above it. One thing's sure, we don't see things the same way. Read more about hunting for a studio in Aix, in today's story. TODAY'S WORD: une studette petit studio little studio small room,... Read more →


We spent several days in the Alps, last week, and crashed a dinner party the last night. Read on, in today's story. CHOCOLATE WORKSHOP! Join two chocolate shop owners in Provence, France & learn how to make chocolates using French techniques. We’ll stay in a medieval village and roam outdoor markets, castles, and more! CLICK HERE. TODAY'S... Read more →


Thank you very much, on behalf of all of our family, for your touching messages following my beau-père's passing. Many of you noticed an error, throughout my story, when I referred to John as my "father-in-law." I really meant to say "step-father!" Did you know that the French keep it simple--by using the term beau-père for both... Read more →


My one and only beau-père, John. My step-father passed away on Sunday. We are all in shock and facing the reality of life without this tender and loving man who knew the power of gratitude. "You and your sister are really nice," my mom said over the phone, as she tried to process the news. "But John--he... Read more →


Photo taken in our old stomping grounds of Orange. CHOCOLATE WORKSHOP! Join two chocolate shop owners in Provence, France & learn how to make chocolates using French techniques. We’ll stay in a medieval village and roam outdoor markets, castles, and more! CLICK HERE. Your ad here. Reach 26,000 readers with your message. Click here. TODAY'S WORD: le... Read more →


My brother-in-law invites us to a barbecue...but getting to his house in Avignon, Sunday morning, would be another adventure! (Don't you love his "Vacation Hour" T-shirt? From 12 o'clock on, here are the translations: Wake up, Cocktails, Meal, Siesta, Boules (or Bocce ball), Cocktails, Meal, Hugs.) YOUR AD HERE. Reach 26,000 readers. Place an announcement in the... Read more →