After being away from France for so long, my brain is having a hard time getting used to hearing and speaking French again. On my best days, my proficiency level could probably be described as "older toddler," and these certainly aren't my best days. (My twin niece and nephew are two, and I often think … Continue reading Say what?
The biggest challenge with having visitors in Paris is tempering their expectations, because there’s never enough time to see everything they want to. On one tour I went on with my mom, the guide told us she’d moved here from Mississippi decades ago, and her family continues to ask when she’s coming home. “When I … Continue reading Sur La Tour Eiffel
Hey guys! Hello! Hello? ... Anyone still there? I never intended to take such a long break from blogging, but I guess that's what happens when you work sunrise-to-sunset as a field assistant for three weeks, then your mom falls in love with Paris and decides she's going to move in with you forever but … Continue reading By the numbers
Hey, look what we flew over on our way to Tel Aviv yesterday! That's Naxos on the left, Paros on the right, and the SeaJet ferry sailing between them. It's crazy to think that I was down there just one week ago, and since then I've hopped between three countries, two continents, and three alphabets.
What a whirlwind the last month has been! As I alluded to earlier, my mom has the stamina of a marathoner when it comes to sightseeing, so we crammed about four weeks' worth of touring into two, and with all the back-and-forth to Greece, I've now been to the airport five times in the last … Continue reading Catching lizards and catching up
Time is flying! Today is our last day in Greece, and it's the first day that the weather hasn't been essentially perfect. It's a little windy, a white-caps-on-the-sea kind of day. So, instead of going on a sailing trip as planned, we're sitting at Cafe Citron, reading and watching the sailboats rock in the waves. It's … Continue reading Wind
After three weeks of full-time lizard catching, I'm now seeing little lizards everywhere... including at the Louvre. I was extra pleased to see that this young herpetologist-in-training is female. 1822 must have been a good year for gender equality. Unfortunately the lizard she's holding is dead, but I like to think she's gazing at it … Continue reading Reptilian invasion
Ever since my mom landed in Paris, we've been running around trying to see and do all of the things. Well, not all - that would take at least two lifetimes - but several big-ticket-must-sees plus some of my favorite off-the-beaten-path places. And we're not the only ones! Since I left in early May, the … Continue reading Touristing around