We weathered the storm in Phoenix. More, in today's letter. (Pictured, my niece "Ray-Ray".) New rental in Provence! La Baume des Pelerins, in Sablet--spacious, comfortable the perfect place to return to after a busy day’s sightseeing, bicycling or hiking. remonter le moral : to lift one's spirits, to cheer somebody up Audio File: listen to the following... Read more →


Aha! I hope this blog title got you to click open your email (for those of you who receive the posts directly in your inbox :-) Read on for the whole scoop. Photo of shop window and heart graffiti taken in Alsace. se remettre ensemble (seuh-reuh-metreuh-ahn-sahmble) : to get back together after a break up A Day... Read more →


Gone fishing! I'll see you in a week, when the next post goes out. Meantime, keep up your French vocabulary by visiting the French word archives. Thanks for reading and for sharing our language journal with friends and family. See you soon--with more photos and stories from a French life! Bisous, Kristin la frénésie de ménage (fray-nay-zee... Read more →


One of the dumbest things about moving to France is leaving your sister behind. Today, mine celebrates a birthday and I won't be there to take her picture as she blows out her candles. But with any luck she'll have received the funny post card I sent which brings me to the theme of today's missive: mailboxes!... Read more →


My beautiful sister, and Mom's first-born, Heidi (right). Our mom, Jules, painted the quail and my mother-in-law, Michèle-France, gave me the owl (next to the rosary and the purse). Voilà... just another family photo. Do you sniff homesickness? 127 Things to do in Paris! Thanks for continuing to share your excellent tips on where to go and... Read more →


Postitano, Italy. Photo by Annwvyn. Chapter 1: Positano, Italy - Summer 2002 We must bear with ourselves with patience and without flattery. — Fenelon I am sitting on the floor of a luxury hotel room, tossing potato chips across the parquet tiles to my 9-month-old nephew, Payne. My sister and her husband are out for an early... Read more →


Photo taken in 2004. That's the tattletale, on the left, and my sister, Heidi (The "RuleBreaker"), right. Our mom, Jules, painted the quail and my mother-in-law, Michèle-France, gave me the owl (next to the rosary and the purse). Voilà... just another family photo. Do you sniff homesickness? rapporteuse (rah por tuhz) feminine singular of "rapporteur" : tattletale,... Read more →