Paris is (not) Burning

As sad as we were to leave Provence, we were very excited to head back to Paris.  They switched our apartment from the one we had a video of-so we headed into the unknown. This new place is a smidge bigger than the other one, but still delightfully tiny.  We call it the pre-war apartment, as in pre-every war that’s ever happened. As teeny as it is, it still has a washer/dryer AND a dishwasher.  These are the two things they cannot figure out how to get into pre-WWII apartments in New York. They CAN.NOT.FIGURE.IT.OUT.  They just can’t.

After we unpacked, we popped out to explore our neighborhood and found we live off an adorable, pedestrian only street.  It’s full of brasseries & fromageries,  boulangeries and poisonneries, pharmacies and a StarBucks (they can’t leave well enough alone can they?).

At the very end of this rainbow lies a fantastic French playground in the shadow of a large Cathedral.  It’s full of darling French children I can converse with in their native tongue because my French is at the level of a four year old.

A sample of my first conversation:

A Boy: Je suis le capitaine de le bateau! Non filles!! Garcons! (I am the captain of this boat. No girls! Only boys!)

Me: Mais oui? Je pense que vous etes un clown.  (Oh yes? I think you’re a clown.)

A Boy:  NON! Je suis le capitaine!!’ (NO! I am the captain!)

Me: Vous etes le capitaine de les clowns!  (You are the captain of the clowns!)

At which point the boy burst into laughter, ran off to meet Madeline and bought himself a new Hermes scarf.


  • How wonderful! The pictures are so beautiful!! Miss you guys. Sending you lots of love from the pool. It was 100 degrees here today. Thank goodness you are somewhere Michael can wear a sport coat. Love you! xo

  • You guys are living the life! Love the posts and photos and can’t wait to hear G’s French accent when he gets home! By the way…that means, he needs to have a little French accent when you guys get back!
    xoxo, Carol

  • Carol! G speaks English and French with the same skill level. The only word he can say is…’MaMa.’

    Hi Dru! G tried to Skype you recently…we miss you so much!

Submit a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s