Coronavirus and Life in Paris

I’ve hesitated to write about the coronavirus situation in general and here in Paris specifically. It is everywhere in the newspapers, on television, and online, as it should be. We haven’t faced a more serious crisis in a very long time. I just didn’t think I could add anything to the global conversation, and I … More Coronavirus and Life in Paris

The Guest Requirements

A recent conversation with a Parisian grande dame was enlightening. She frequently hosts Parisian soirees that include a train-wreck of guests from all walks of life. The list of attendees runs from the owner of the local tabac who has had two books of poetry published to the odd French government minister with an artist … More The Guest Requirements

Parisian Parenting: The Basics

After 3 years of living here in Paris, I’ve begun to pick up on some of the more obscure but fascinating details of this unique culture. Parenting is a prime example, and I may have discussed it here before. I know I’ve discussed it with French and American friends at length. The overall behavior and … More Parisian Parenting: The Basics

The Difference Between Visiting Paris, and Living in Paris

My wife and I had coffee with some American neighbors last weekend. The conversation ricocheted wildly between current events, where to find good Indian food, and the ins and outs of (them) raising two young children in Paris. We shared knowing nods about how different the city is for tourists: it’s a dazzling, romantic, breathtaking, … More The Difference Between Visiting Paris, and Living in Paris