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Phew! Another Adventure.

I’m a nervous wreck, that’s all there is to it. A sweet neighbor who knows what’s about to happen, insisted she feed me a quick lunch. I haven’t eaten all day. What’s happening this afternoon was never a dream. I just couldn’t imagine it ever happening. About this time three years ago I was sitting in my […]

Istanbul , New Orleans , News , NYC , Panama , Paris , Shanghai , social media tricks - April 2, 2014

Well Said, Zach Brown

I’ve walked nineteen of the twenty arrondissements – I’ll do my last one today. My feet and legs are worn out, as is my spirit. I miss home. Yesterday morning as I walked across town to pick up some laundry, I plugged in my earplugs to hear Zach Brown on iTunes. One of my favorites, […]

Paris - September 24, 2012

What Next?

Today is Saturday and I have 2-1/2 more days in Paris. As you can imagine, I’m beginning to panic about how I’ll fit in the things remaining on my list. The Museum Quai Branly, the Museé D’Art Moderne, plus my last two arrondissements, the 15th and 17th. Tomorrow I’ll visit Vitry-sur-Seine, a art-rich community outside […]

Paris - September 22, 2012

The Stories in a Cemetery

Yesterday may have been my favorite day in Paris. My two Atlanta friends and I decided to hike from our apartment to the Pére Lachaise. We had tried the evening before to go to this famous cemetery, but got re-routed due to a problem in one of the train stations. Although the distance seemed a […]

Paris - September 21, 2012

Should Form Follow Function? Or Vice Versa?

I started college majoring in architecture. I remember clearly the Golden Rule of my first instructor: Form follows function. In other words, design it to function properly first. Then make it rock visually! Having lived now in two different apartments in Paris, I underscore the validity of that lesson. One had a newly-renovated interior, the […]

Paris - September 15, 2012

Buy Cheap Wine In Paris

I choose my wine by how beautiful the label is . . . and of course, by the price. As most of you wine connoisseurs know, the wines in my price range can usually be found by squatting down to the bottom shelf in the grocery store. No different here in Paris. Well, today as […]

Paris - September 13, 2012

Funny Tourists in Paris

This one just brought a big ol’ smile to my face! A group of American tourists are following their tour guide is who explaining all about the Notre Dame. The wives are at the front of the line, hanging on to every word their guide, a gorgeous young French man, is saying. These two husbands […]

Paris - September 13, 2012

Women and Their 28 Days

I was 25 years old when I moved into a third-story apartment overlooking Peachtree Street in Atlanta. As many of you know, this is the main thoroughfare through the entire city. A very busy street. Exhausted after a day of moving I crawled into bed sometime around 2:00am. A few hours later, I got out […]

aging , Paris , Uncategorized - September 12, 2012

A Letter from Paris

I have a ritual I do when my creativity is blocked. When I need to design a new logo or website and nothing comes to mind, I will venture out and search for letters in the alphabet. My rules are that I must first find the A then work myself down to the Z. It […]

Paris - September 10, 2012

One of Paris’ Secrets – in the 13th

Wandered through the 13th arrondissement yesterday. Overall it feels like a good, working class neighborhood that holds Paris’ newspaper building (Le Monde), their ultra-modern Bibliothèque Nationale (national library), and Chinatown, which I’ll return to see next week. The streets widen, becoming avenues divided by the Metro rail tracks. When you come this far out from central […]

neighborhoods , Paris - September 8, 2012

Lose Weight Eating All the Butter You Want

I figure I’m walking on average of 10 miles per day – at least. Several days I’ve pushed 12 or 13. Accordingly to sources online, Paris is about 9 miles east to west and 6 north to south at its widest points. Paris proper is bound by an oval-shaped perimeter, the Peripherique, which measures 22 […]

Paris - September 7, 2012

Ooh là là ~ French Men!

“Oh, those Stapleton women!” It’s been a phrase I’ve heard passed around my father’s side of the family for years. The Stapleton men – 4 brothers in all – were all solid citizens, serious, soft-spoken men of few words. A very respectable crew. But they all up and married fun, spirited women, each with an […]

Paris - September 6, 2012

The Louvre or Not?

The following article was published by Huffington Post on the front cover of their Healthy Living section. Excuse me, but I’m going to be a bit sacrilegious for a moment. I’m walking the 1st Arrondissement in Paris today, the neighborhood that houses the Louvre, the grand sentinel of the world’s art treasures. But I doubt […]

graffiti , neighborhoods , Paris - September 5, 2012

Airing Dirty Laundry about the French

Phew. Traveling is not all a bed of roses especially when you’ve got dirty laundry. Yesterday I spent the entire day strolling through the 1st and 2nd arrondissement. There is such an air of elegance about these neighborhoods. The first holds the Louvre, the Jardin des Tuileries and the Royal Palace – it’s where the […]

Paris - September 5, 2012

Got Scammed Today in the 12th

. . .more on that later. I left the apartment a little after 8am and didn’t return til almost 1. I figure I walked between 10 and 11 miles this morning. I planned to have a light day because the 12th arrondissement was supposed to be somewhat boring. NOT. I got out early because I […]

Paris - September 3, 2012

4th Arrondissement: Le Marais

Le Marais. WOW! In the old days of King Louis & Sons it was the gem of the city. All the bluebloods lived here. Beautiful mega mansions, lush lawns and lots of Mercedes running around. You know the type. The fancy bars and restaurants followed, and then the partying. The drinking got out of hand, […]

Paris - September 2, 2012

My Technology Does Not Speak French

It’s been a rough start. I must say that if I wasn’t so tethered to technology, I would be having a much easier time. Cell phones have been tough. Of the three of us, all with different makes and models of phones, only my sister is able to get online. I’ve made the executive decision […]

Paris - September 1, 2012

I Forgot My Passport

Yep, I did. It was a hell of a way to start this trip. I had so methodically set aside one special box to keep my passport, my computer codes, copies of my drivers license – all the items that were most important to my trip. It’s the one thing I forgot to pack. There was no […]

Paris - August 31, 2012

Off to Paris in 5 Days

As I prepare to leave for my 30-day trip through Paris I am overcome with a sense of nostalgia. I haven’t eaten worth a toot nor gotten any sleep these last few weeks. I’m so bone tired that my emotions are totally out of control. All day I reflected back on last August. This time […]

Paris - August 24, 2012

The right-brain side of Paris

[blogcount num=17]   The plane leaves for Paris in 17 days, whether I’m on it or not. I keep adding to my to-do list to the point where it’s shutting me down, keeping me up at night. I can hardly accomplish one task before adding three more. History, for instance. That strong voice of insecurity […]

Paris - August 12, 2012

How To Remove a Leech in Paris

[blogcount num=21] Baby, I – AM – READY! Last night I had dinner with three of my best girlfriends, Athalie, Janis and Jane. We started out as babies in the advertising business in the late 70s, and yes, we lived life exactly as described in the TV show, Mad Men. How we survived, I’m not […]

Paris , Uncategorized - August 8, 2012

I Need Walking Accountability Partners

[blogcount num=23] Must start the dreaded exercise routine. TODAY. In just 23 days I’ll land in Paris and will be walking 4-5 hours per day, every day. I know once I get there, I’ll jump at the chance to walk but right now, I am cramming in work, blog posts, doing research . . . […]

Paris - August 6, 2012

360º of Paris

[blogcount num=30] I leave in 30 days for my 30-day walk of Paris. Enjoy this 360-degree view of Paris from the Eiffel Tower.

Paris - July 30, 2012

Dining in the Dark in Paris

[blogcount num=33] Ok, I’m doing this while in Paris. I’m going to dine in total darkness at Dans le Noir (translated as In The Dark). One blogger describes her experience as “the most bizarre dining experience you’ll ever have.” Another reports “sensing taste as never before.” A Facebook fan claims “this was the most powerful […]

Paris - July 27, 2012

America from a French Point of View

[blogcount num=34] As I thanked her for a lovely evening, Mary gently took my hands, then reached over and kissed me on both cheeks. When I stiffened up and she smiled. “If you’re going to be a Parisian you must learn the customs!” ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Many of my […]

Paris - July 26, 2012

Paris: 36 More Days

[blogcount num=36] 36 days til: chocolate croissants Monets Street markets fromages Chateaus Fresh baguettes music in the gardens Provencal linens Graffiti Stained-glass windows Flower markets The Seine Nutella + banana crepes Warm days, crisp nights Beaujolais and Chardonnays Picnic on the Pont des Arts bridge, at dusk Euros Views from the Eiffel Tower Outdoor cafes […]

Paris - July 24, 2012

Pedaling ’round Paris

[blogcount num=40] Vélib’ (pronounced vay-leeb) Bike Rentals – it’s a really brilliant idea Paris has implemented. They’ve put 20,000 bicycles into 1800 stations, all around the city. The bikes are available 24 hours a day and are free for trips of 30 minutes or less. A one-day ticket is only €1,70, or a little over […]

neighborhoods , Paris - July 20, 2012

ma maison paris

[blogcount num=43] Booked! My sister found this place, negotiated a great deal. It’s perfect. My home away from home is situated in the 4th arrondissement, Le Marais, known for its skinny streets, bustling cafés and shops – and is described as a somewhat congested neighborhood. ‘Congested speaks to me. In my mind, it means ‘electric.’ […]

Paris - July 17, 2012

I’m Hotter ‘n Tick!

[blogcount num=45] I’m hotter ‘n tick right now. One of my new Facebook friends, Jennifer, sent me a private message. She angrily claimed my trips were only for the wealthy and I should be ashamed of myself for pushing dreams that were unattainable for most people. Well, honey bunch, that is about as far from […]

Learning , NYC , Paris , Uncategorized - July 15, 2012

I’m Pinching Myself

I got a strange tweet a couple of months ago. Some woman claiming to be a publicist. She said she’d read about my walks across Manhattan and was interested in publishing my story. Right. Next. I was cordial, but brushed it off. A few weeks later she followed through. She had pitched my story to […]

Paris - July 14, 2012

Meeting Graffiti thru the Lens of Martha Cooper

[blogcount num=49]   Bingo! I found an entire site devoted to graffiti in Paris: parisgraffiti.com Although it loads slowly, it’s so worth looking at this artwork. Okay, peeps, I can hear many of your eyes rolling. You see graffiti as the defacing of public property. What you might not know is that many pieces are […]

graffiti , NYC , Paris , Uncategorized - July 11, 2012

Gangs of Seniors in Paris?

[blogcount num=50] I’m going to fit right in. The website reads, in French: “Hype(r)Olds, gangs de seniors connectés.” Google Translate says it means, “Hype (r) Olds, senior gangs connected.” creativeparis.info reports: “Every week, ladies aged 77+ get together in small groups at the Gaïté Lyrique and Maison des Métallos for multimedia content design workshops (video, […]

Learning , Paris - July 10, 2012

WiFi { free-wee-fee } in Paris

[blogcount num=51]   My iPhone was my greatest friend while I was in New York last summer. But overseas? A totally different subject. I’ve gotten a zillion different opinions on how to solve the problem. Apparently it totally depends on which phone you own. So I went to the source, the Verizon store, for their […]

Paris , social media tricks - July 9, 2012

July 4th: Scrambled Eggs & Grits

It’s the Fourth of July and I must do a quick post. I’m in a hurry, trying to get to the Peachtree Road Race with my sons. We’ll watch it for an hour or so, then wander over to the White House Restaurant, one of Atlanta’s oldest restaurants, for our customary 4th of July breakfast. […]

Atlanta , NYC , Paris - July 4, 2012

..probably not best if you have trouble getting up

[blogcount num=58]   . . . more on finding an apartment in Paris for the month of September: I emailed five apartment owners and have heard from only one – in French. Thank goodness for translation.com. His apartment is not available all the days I need, so one down. Am having a blast reading Airbnb.com, […]

neighborhoods , Paris - July 3, 2012

My Control Key Quit Working

I spent all day yesterday helping my daughter move to a new apartment. Cleaning bathrooms, hanging up clothes and shower curtains. Got home at almost 11pm, dog tired. I allowed myself to sleep til almost noon, something I don’t remember doing since my 20s. I woke up still groggy. Coffee in hand, I stumbled to […]

Learning , NYC , Paris , social media tricks - July 2, 2012

Finding An Apartment in Paris

Being a bit of a Mrs. Kravitz, I love peeking inside people’s homes. Open Houses, ahhh! I have an obsession when it comes to architecture and interior design, even paint colors. So, when it comes to finding an apartment in Paris I can waste entire days surfing. The three rental websites I’ve found most useful […]

Paris - July 2, 2012

Gotta Get Out of the Boat, Face My Fears

[blogcount num=60] A debilitating fear has set in. I’ve talked about this 30-day trip to Paris now for over a year. I’ve saved the money. Now that it’s time to book my airline ticket, fear is literally shutting me down. Just got back from church. While having coffee in the parlor, a friend shared the […]

aging , Paris - July 1, 2012

Shakespeare & Company: a Literary Sanctuary in Paris

“In Germany the most important creative social status is given to the musician. In Italy it’s the painter. Who’s the most important creator in France? It’s the writer,” writes Elaine Sciolino in her New York Times article. I smiled as I read her words. “France boasts 2,500 bookstores, and for every neighborhood bookstore that closes, […]

Paris - June 21, 2012

Eating Fresh in NYC & Paris

Midlifebloggers.com is featuring my 30-trek through New York City. It’s bringing back a lot of wonderful memories for me. A recent comment left by one New Yorker spurred me to look through some old photos I had taken on the day I walked through her neighborhood, Washington Heights. I came across this one, a plate […]

NYC , Paris - June 16, 2012

Ah! Romance in Paris

I was in our local garden shop today when I ran into an old friend, Tony. Bless his heart, he has faithfully followed the journals of my walks through New York and New Orleans – so he naturally asked what my next adventure would bring. When I answered with “Paris – in September,” a wide […]

Paris - May 29, 2012

20 Arrondissements in 30 Days

The wonderful city has 20 neighborhoods, better known as arrondissements. Starting with #1 at the city’s center, each neighborhood spirals out in a clockwise direction. The 20 areas are bound within a perimeter. Here’s a quick synopsis of each: Arrondissement #1, or Louvre as it’s called, is the most sparsely populated because it holds most […]

Paris - May 27, 2012

Paris Anyone?

My trip to Paris is coming up fast. September will be here before I know it. All I’ve planned so far is to walk all 20 arrondissements (neighborhoods) of that great city. My sister has pinned lots of places on Pinterest, but if you have any first-hand recommendations for me, please let me know below […]

neighborhoods , Paris - May 25, 2012

A Flash Mob in Paree?

Press Here to Watch Video > My crazy sister has signed me up for a Flash Mob crew out of Paris. For those of you who followed my 30-day trek across NYC, you’ll remember I participated in a flash mob up there and it was a blast! The event we did in New York was […]

Paris , social media tricks - May 9, 2012

2012: Paris

About this time last year I remember flipping through the course catalog from The New School at Parson’s. Christmas was over. The kids were out with their friends. The house was quiet. I poured myself a glass of wine and, for a moment, I just let my mind wander. I had received the Parsons catalog […]

neighborhoods , Paris , Uncategorized - December 30, 2011

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