I have been doing laundry for many years, for five people, but in the past few weeks I’ve learned my most expensive two lessons. First of all, never put a king size velvet and silk Pottery Barn quilt into your French washing machine whose capacity is 8 kilos. Just because you can stuff it in […]

I learned something new today because my son woke up with flaming red, goopy, oozing, crusted over eyes. Common sense told me pink-eye, but if you live in the south of France you feel a bit paralyzed on Sunday if you need to do anything other than eat a good lunch. Almost everything, but restaurants, […]

Tuesday, May 1st was the start of many public holidays in France. As an American living in France, I don’t really understand the importance of these holidays to the French, except that I don’t have to go to work- which is very nice. The first being La Fête du Travail or May Day, which is […]

We must be in the rainy season in southern France as it has been cloudy and rainy more often than sunny for the past several weekends. Instead of spending the entire Saturday indoors, we decided to find something to do away from the house. After resisting for more than two months, I finally gave in […]

My assumption that it doesn’t rain that often in the Cote d’Azur was definitely wrong. The last few weeks seem to be filled with more cold, rainy days than warm, sunny days. I’m not really complaining, just admitting that my knowledge of the weather here was either wrong or the rain we are experiencing is […]

Shhh… Don’t tell my wife. I’m in love with another. She is natural beauty, with dizzying curves that are hard to miss. Her knowledge on the subjects of art and culture have made her very influential and she maintains incredible collections at the Uffizi and Pitti Palace. I’m not the first to love her, other […]

Another day, another enchanted morning at Villa Collina. This morning I drank my espresso sitting in front of the Il Campanile chapel as I watched the sun climb out of the valley below. Our day in Val d’Orcia was amazing, but tiring, so we decided to take it easy at Villa Collina before venturing out […]