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Road Trip to Brussels, Belgium

It feels like we have been traveling non-stop! My plan was to hit up Amsterdam for the weekend to see the tulip festival but the weather wasn’t cooperating so I drove to Brussels for Belgium chocolate and seeing the little pissing boy. It’s only a two hour drive so we got there easy peasy. We… Continue reading Road Trip to Brussels, Belgium

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Pâques aux jardins de Claude Monet

This was the first year since Liv was born that we didn’t spend Easter Sunday with our dear friends Stephen & Leslie at their annual Easter Party. We tried to FaceTime with them but the connection was terrible. We spent Easter Sunday driving through Normandie to Giverny, France to visit the Claude Monet gardens. To… Continue reading Pâques aux jardins de Claude Monet

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Magical Mont Saint-Michel

We took our first long train ride to the magical village of Mont Saint-Michel. Mont Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. It is located about one kilometre off the country’s northwestern coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches and is 100 hectares (247 acres) in size. As of 2009, the island… Continue reading Magical Mont Saint-Michel

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Moving Abroad: Paris the first month

Our time here has felt like light speed. The year before we moved Paris was the longest of my life. Now the days are flying by in an instant. So, what is life living in Paris like? It’s amazing, complicated, sometimes cold, strenuous, always exciting and the best thing that has ever happened to me… Continue reading Moving Abroad: Paris the first month

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Road Trips: Chantilly & Rouen

Bonjour, What a dream it is to wake up in Paris. We spent the first week here severely jet lagged, which meant instead of sticking to my schedule, we stayed up all night and slept in until noon. We didn’t get out of the apartment until after 3 pm! Whoopsie, I always forget how tired… Continue reading Road Trips: Chantilly & Rouen

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This is no Dream… This is Really Happening!

Nous sommes arrivés à Paris! I can’t believe we have been here three whole days. Of course time is flying by in this beautiful city. Our flight was seamless which is shocking considering how much grief our fourteen pieces of luggage plus our huge iMac computer was giving Antz and me. Thank goodness my Mom… Continue reading This is no Dream… This is Really Happening!

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Our Visa Appointment at the French Consulate

Salut. Today I will try my best to recall the story of our visa appointment. This is all a true story, no exaggerations. I have given birth and let me say, that was a piece of cake compared to getting our visas. It did not go anything like I expected. I imagined a lovely office… Continue reading Our Visa Appointment at the French Consulate

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Our House Tour on Apartment Therapy

During the last few years we have done quite a lot of work to our house. I tried to photograph how beautiful everything turned out but I couldn’t capture it the way a professional could. I visited my friend Samantha’s lovely house and she told me her friend Marisa Vitale was a photographer and I… Continue reading Our House Tour on Apartment Therapy

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Moving Abroad: Applying for a Long Stay Visa

This post is for you brave souls who are looking to move abroad for longer than 90 days, applying for a long stay tourist visa in the European Union. It’s a complicated, frustrating, expensive, stressful and exhausting endeavor but I believe it’s totally worth it.   I began researching how to apply for a visa… Continue reading Moving Abroad: Applying for a Long Stay Visa

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Infinity Mirrors by Yayoi Kusama at The Broad

On New Year’s day we started 2018 in the most colorful way possible. Yayoi Kusama is one of my favorite artists because she has a wig made of yarn. She is also a brilliant and weird  lady that I adore. I’ve previously tried four times to get into her Infinity Mirrors exhibit unsuccessfully but finally,… Continue reading Infinity Mirrors by Yayoi Kusama at The Broad