Posts by Yvonne:

  • Not Into Valentine’s Day? Here’s What to Do Instead

    Valentine’s Day is problematic. If you’re not into it, here’s what to do instead. Get ready to swan about Paris, no lover required.

  • What I’ve Learned From Five Years in Paris

    When I moved to France six years ago, I was a fish out of water. Gradually, though, I caught on. Here’s what I learned:

  • What I’ve Learned from Dating Older French Men

    At the age of 53, I re-entered the dating world. France is full of beautiful men of a certain age, a surprising lot of them are available, and they are ready to mingle.

  • Left: The pastel color exterior of Les Deux Palais cafe in Paris. Right: Frank Adrian Barron is shown in his cake studio.

    Frank Adrian Barron’s new Book “Sweet Paris”

    Drawing on influences from his American upbringing and la vie Parisian, Frank Adrian Barron’s new cookbook Sweet Paris offers us 59 mouthwatering seasonal dessert recipes, as well as tips on how to be a classic Parisian host. From constructing the perfect cheese plate, crafting a beautiful floral bouquet, and setting the perfect French table this inspiring book allows us all to experience a taste of a truly sweet, and stylish Paris.

  • A man and woman embrace on a street in Paris.

    Winter Dating in Paris

    What’s there to do in Paris now that the stress of meeting is over? This is the honeymoon phase. Even though it’s gray and gloomy outside, you’re still out and about.

  • First Dates in Paris

    I’ve been on a lot of first dates lately. Being a free and independent femme d’un certain âge, Paris is my oyster. Here are some of my recent first-dates.

  • My French Boyfriend

    As une femme d’une certain âge, I thought I’d seen it all in the gentleman-caller department. Here are some things that I learned when I first got to know un français, up close and personal.

  • Terraces in Paris are Back

    What’s it like being back on a café terrace in Paris? It’s like being back in your lover’s arms after a long, hard trip. It’s like home.

  • Left: A woman is seen sitting inside a café, alone, with her coffee. She appears to be reading a book. She is wearing an orange top, scarf, and headband. Right: A picture of a collection of Parisian buildings amidst a gray sky. The buildings, despite being different in height, all share the same qualities — gray zinc roofs with brown chimneys, white to beige wall paint, iron balconies, and beige limestone bricks.

    My New Paris Neighborhood

    Moving neighborhoods in Paris is no easy task. When I lived in Texas and California, it didn’t really matter – but in Paris, it’s different.

  • Finding Love & an Apartment in Paris

    I moved to Paris four years ago with my then-husband and teenage son. We hired a real estate agent to find us an apartment. He did all the work and talking, and got us installed into a palatial apartment within weeks. Easy-peasy. Last year, post-divorce and after a plumbing crisis that rendered that spacious apartment […]

  • Expat Life: Paris Plumbing Adventure

    All Parisians have a plumbing story, especially since plumbing in old Parisian buildings tends to be an afterthought.

  • Left: tables and chairs are stacked outside of a brasserie in Paris. The chairs are red and white striped and the tables are cream colored. The brasserie has a wooden façade. Right: a woman stands in a outdoor corridor near the Louvre Museum. The girl is visible by her profile and she is looking up. The Louvre Museum is visible in the background.

    Paris Lockdown: One More Time

    The first French confinement, back in the spring, was eight weeks long. That’s a long time for such an intense shutdown, but at first, there was a sense of novelty, a thrill of danger, and a purpose: to save lives. President Macron had promised we wouldn’t go into another lockdown, but the overloaded hospitals were a huge issue. To keep us from going bonkers, and to keep the economy afloat, the government found some ways to do things differently this time. But there’s still a big difference between Confinements 1.0 and 2.0: my attitude.

  • Left: a woman standing in front of a staircase outside in Paris. She is wearing white pants, a white sweater, and a white coat with a brown cap. She has sunglasses and a mask. Right: The exterior of an empty Parisian cafe. It has an orange awning and there are several tables and chairs. It is called "Le Central."

    Lockdown in France Part 2: What You Need to Know

    Listen up, people. France is in Confinement 2.0 and the rules are slightly different. Pay attention so you don’t get charged the €135 fee for first-time offenses, or the whopping €3,750 fee and six months jail time for repeat offenders. Police could ask for your attestation, and maybe your ID, and they might ask you to open your bag for them. France is not eff-ing around this time.

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