Napoleon was a hero to France, but just a clumsy suitor to his wife.

Paris provided a space for women to free themselves, if they chose, from the tangled web of romantic and familial relationships. It was where they could be free to be themselves. Free even to reinvent themselves. True Pleasures: A Memoir of Women in Paris, Lucinda Holdforth I absolutely love this book I'm reading. Both of …

Paris!!

I'm here! After two weeks of transition time, I am finally here. Home, more or less, if you buy everything I've said for the last four years, or more. And it's amazing, as it always is! I told myself not to get too excited, as we were driving in, because as soon as we got …

Tout va bien

Salut! Everything is so much better now, finally. Those first few days felt so long, both because I wasn't happy, and because of jetlag. But yesterday was a fabulous day - the only thing that wasn't good was that I didn't have time to get on a computer, and believe me, there are far worse …

A Tours!

Bonjour tout le monde! Finally managed to get to an internet café and get on here. We are in Tours and after nearly two crazy days, I have made some friends, become familiar with the town, and my brain is slowly transitioning to French. My roommate is also named Kate, and we've bonded through the …