Monthly Archives: April 2020

The Airline Refund Game

We’ve all heard about how badly airlines are being hit by the Current Situation and how some of them are requesting and getting government bailouts. Part of me sympathizes with all of the airline and airport workers affected, and part … Continue reading

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What Happened, America?

I recently sent an email to my doctor, who’s slightly older than me but who I fervently wish will never retire, and to my dentist, whose advice not to allow any European dentists to touch my teeth I have followed … Continue reading

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On Paris Shutters

Paris is a city of many wonderful architectural styles and one of the typical exterior window treatments used here is folding shutters. Shutters come in many styles and we have Parisienne shutters on our apartment building. They hark back to … Continue reading

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Lockdown Lunch Catch-up

Inquiring Minds have let me know that I’ve been delinquent in my Lockdown Lunch series. My excuse is that I succumb to Post-Ingestive Narcolepsy and wind up taking a nap after stuffing myself on such good fare. But, I hear … Continue reading

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National Theater At Home: Treasure Island

In response to the closing of theaters in the U.K., the Royal National Theater in London is showing seven of their plays online. We’ve been watching them and the first two shows, One Man, Two Guvnors and Jane Eyre were … Continue reading

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Easter 2020 in Paris

I’m pretty sure we’re all experiencing Easter a little differently this year. I found a gold-wrapped Lindt chocolate bunny waiting for me at breakfast this morning, so I’m happy. I hope your Easter is happy, too. The French, not surprisingly, … Continue reading

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What Do Flour and Toilet Paper Have In Common?

What do these two unrelated products have in common? No, they’re not interchangeable. They are, in the Current Situation, often hard to find in stores. When looking for them, we’re often greeted with empty shelves. The common wisdom is that … Continue reading

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Today’s Lockdown Grocery Shopping Experience

Today was a beautiful, 75-degree day here in Paris and we decided to walk a bit further than usual, to a different grocery store. Our choice was Franprix (yes, pronounced just like “Grand Prix” but with an “F”) and we … Continue reading

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What’s Your Daily Lockdown Routine?

Have you fallen into a daily routine based on the Current Situation? Here’s a typical day for us here in Paris: 7:30am – Wake up, say “Let’s get the show on the road”, get going, eat breakfast, clean up kitchen. … Continue reading

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France To Distribute Free Wine to Every Household

No, sadly, France is not really passing out free wine nor have I succumbed to Lockdown Lunacy. It’s APRIL FOOLS DAY! Happy AFD! The French have a slightly different take on the day than the U.S. does. On April 1st, … Continue reading

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