shoppers enjoying the christmas market in france

Why I’m Spending Christmas In France And NYE In Panama

The Best Of Both Worlds This Holiday Season

Last year, I spent my first Christmas in Panama City and did my best to get into the holiday spirit.

But hanging garlands all over my apartment and playing Christmas music nonstop didn’t stop me from missing my family. Plus, Panama’s tropical climate just doesn’t fit right with hot chocolate and Christmas pajamas.

So, this year I’m delighted to be home in France with my family for Christmas.

I’ll be back in Panama just before New Year’s Eve, though.  Continue reading

Friends enjoy a fire at the beach at sunst

A Community Of Friends Can Make Anywhere Feel Like Home

Your Chances Of Survival Overseas Hinge On This

“Why don’t I own a four-bed, two-story country home in my native Normandy? What’s wrong with me?”

These were the thoughts that haunted me as I flew back to Panama after my last trip to France.

You see, in Paris for a whole month, I’d spent a lot of time catching up with friends. And, dinner after dinner, it was pretty much the same story…  Continue reading

sweet home france

The Feel Of Home: A France For Every Season And Lifestyle

The Good Life Defined

One of the reasons I left Paris behind more than two years ago was the frantic pace of life in a city that’s always moving.

Back in the City of Light last week, I realized what I missed most about Paris was exactly the same reason that I’d left: the nonstop rhythm of movement…

After living my first 13 years in Paris, my family moved to Normandy—where we remained just 45 minutes from the capital. But the city always feels like my true home. And, landing here from Panama City, I appreciate Paris in a new way…

I no longer feel caught up in the bustle as I did in my early career, commuting into the city for a long workday. I’ve realized that, convenient as the Métro is, it’s not always necessary…

Once you take the time to walk its historic streets, you’ll find that Paris is not as big as it seems… and you have the chance to stumble upon a street artist… a new art exhibition… a lunchtime concert… or a charming café. This is another thing I miss about Paris—culture at every corner. And Continue reading