Wednesday, August 31, 2011


men often become what they believe themselves to be. if i believe i cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when i believe i can, than i acquire the ability to do it even if i didn't have it in the beginning. mahatma gandhi

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


may peace prevail on earth

Monday, August 29, 2011


made our weekly visit to the vanves flea market. love that the so-called skeleton keys are still used in france.

Sunday, August 28, 2011


monitoring hurricane irene, which is moving up the eastern u.s., and praying for everyone's safety.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

search 2...

we're continuing to learn new things as we search for an apartment. almost every building charges the tenant a provision charge (which is essentially a building maintenance fee) and that fee can vary wildly. just read a posting for a small, reasonably priced apartment with an exceptionally high provision charge. sometimes when visiting the building one wonders if the charge is being stuffed directly into someone's pocket because the building's interior seems under-maintained.

perhaps the most surprising thing is that quite often apartment tenants pay for water. we read an ad for an apartment where the hot water was not included in the price, i.e. the tenant has to pay for hot water!! (plus you pay for electricity and everything requires electricity!) just read another announcement that the hot and cold water were collective; meaning the building shares the hot and cold water! americans don't realize how good they have it in the u s of a, we just assume the hot and cold water will be readily available.

bp and i have a running joke that the french have issues with water. the laundromats post the wash temperature which isn't so unusual, but the highest temperature for a wash is 90˚C for 65 minutes! that translates to 194˚F!! need to shrink anything!

we have rented a few apartments in france over the years and if there were any problems in the apartment, it usually had something to do with water, i.e., an ignored leak which was gradually rotting the molding around the sink, a sink not large enough to accommodate the faucet, the shower door not level and the water always leaked out. they're little things but cumulatively can lead to a generalization.

anyway... the search continues. naturally, now we're on the lookout for a place where the price includes cold and hot water!

Friday, August 26, 2011

1st sighting..

i've had my first santa sighting here already!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

le tour...

haven't been close to le tour eiffel yet but have once again noticed her head popping up in the most unexpected places.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


paix is the french word for peace
may peace prevail on earth

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

the hunt...

apartment hunting has been quite interesting. thus far have seen four or five places in various parts of the city. must say i LOVE the double paned windows but quite often the places have been ... shall we say, less than desirable.

we have quickly learned, if you see a group of people standing outside a building and the building isn't a school, you can be sure they're waiting to view an apartment. yesterday we saw people gathering so we joined the group. the building was nice and modern looking on the outside but the inside was old, 1930s (?) periwinkle blue and white flowered wallpaper with a nice old-fashioned, curving staircase to the third floor. the apartment was under construction (ha!) with a jack hammer leaning in a corner, hanging electrical wires, low ceilings and small, narrow rooms. NO amount of imagination could make it look inhabitable (at least not by us!). we said 'merci' to the agent and quickly left.

bp said some of the apartments reminded her of new york's east village before gentrification. we know the right place is waiting, we just have to find it.

Monday, August 22, 2011


more paris sky... a storm gathered but never came!

clouds & sky...

view from friends' balcony of the neighboring rooftops. paris is a city with a big and ever changing sky. happy to be 'home'.

Sunday, August 21, 2011


the other day we happened upon a lovely community garden. flowers and vegetables of all sorts were growing. truly lovely!!

Saturday, August 20, 2011


well... okay! can this be called cynical?

Friday, August 19, 2011

carpe diem...

was just reminded, rather rudely, that life is short... we must seize the reigns, live and enjoy every moment. my aunt used to constantly say, "not one moment is promised to you".
may the missions of Larry Bogdanow be accomplished.

Thursday, August 18, 2011


in the akan language, spoken in west africa, asmomdwoe is the word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


in afar, which is spoken in ethiopia, eritrea and djibouti, salaamata is the word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


though i have commented (and lamented) on the lack of internet and television access, the news junkie that i am is VERY happy not to read, hear or see the constant lambasting of president obama and the continued stupidity of the rethuglicans. am extremely happy to have a great distance from all of the nonsense happening under the banner of politics.

our french friends, however, continue to ask us what is wrong with americans like those in the tea party and such. what can i say? well a lot but i just shrug my shoulders.

Monday, August 15, 2011


ah, it has been interesting to be in paris and have most of our usual communications networks out of commission. thus far, the wifi (known as wefee), television and telephone are down because they are all interconnected. the cell phone that i purchased a few years ago has also bitten the dust. this dependency on gadgets is all a bit frightening and humbling.

this posting shows that i found a work-around. yea!

Sunday, August 14, 2011


in uganda, hálá is the luganda word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Saturday, August 13, 2011


may peace prevail on earth

Friday, August 12, 2011

lovers' locks...

a few of the lovers' locks on a paris bridge; there were hundreds of locks. it is said the keys were thrown in the seine.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

fat cat...

this 'kitty' gives a whole new meaning to fat cat. lol!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


a friend gave me the dutch translation for 'may peace prevail on earth'. thanks hellen!!
mag vrede heersen op aarde.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


am in paris, a city i consider 'home'. have returned so many times over the past 30 years that i've become slightly blasé, so am looking for new images to photograph. we've only been here a short while and jet lag has kept us 'close to base'... so...

due to the annual, august holidays the city is quiet and slightly empty. this morning heard the rhythmic taps of a woman's heels as she hurried down the street. music everywhere! the pavement sounds are quite different from those of new york and have to say, i welcome them.

stay tuned as i discover new aspects of my beloved city.

Monday, August 8, 2011


OMG... wasn't able to get an internet connection. i'm back!!! will write more later.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

new beginnings...

every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end. seneca

Saturday, August 6, 2011


the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. eleanor roosevelt

Friday, August 5, 2011

b & t...

i love bridges and tunnels with their connection to here and there. i also like that they can both be metaphors for change. interestingly, 'bridge and tunnel' is a disparaging phrase for suburban weekenders visiting nyc. we need those 'b&t' folk; what would the city be without them?

Thursday, August 4, 2011


moving rapidly towards the end of yet another tunnel.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

obey 3...

love shepard fairey's political work. the sheets which papered the wall are so detailed.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

obey 2...

may peace prevail on earth

Monday, August 1, 2011


was in washington, dc last weekend and discovered an alley wall covered with shepard fairey's 'obey' graffiti.