Toplessness, Communal Toilets, and Neighbors: All Glamour Over Here in Paris

{scene: my Paris flat this morning at 3:43 am} Doorbell rings. I sit up in bed, confused. Was that my downstairs front door? Or is someone ringing my actual door doorbell about four… Continue reading

12 Weight Gain-Worthy Treats in Paris

I’ve eaten so many good things here it’s a little embarrassing. I’m sure people back home wonder: what else is Brown doing over there besides eating?  It’s a fair question; I’m doing a… Continue reading

Rude and Better Lovers? 8 Myths About French People

I’m promise I’m not being paid by the French government or the Paris Chamber of Commerce for this post. (But if anyone from those organizations is reading and would like to pay me,… Continue reading

My (Now Not) Secret Shame: 50 Shades of Grey

Hello, my name is Rebecca and I’m reading Fifty Shades of Grey. I’ll pause while you gaze downward, hesitant to make eye contact with me for fear of association with someone reading something… Continue reading

Happy Birthday, Old Friend

I hate to miss your 75th birthday party, but we’ll do it up right again soon. I love my new city, but you know that your beautiful rusty-orangeness and our fair city of… Continue reading

R.I.P. Disco

It’s been a tough week for disco. Today, Robin Gibb, and last week Donna Summer. Like everyone, I have those songs that punch me in the heart and the stomach (in a good… Continue reading

Dear Coffee,

“Your eyes have been opened and now you cannot close them.” – Charles Dickens from Great Expectations It’s Sunday. The day I miss you most. I love my new life, but it’s on… Continue reading

So Far So Good: 10 Delicious Things from France

I eat with way too much gusto for my own good and waist size; I’ll try almost anything, but I draw the line at bugs, organs, and blood. In my ever-so-slightly overactive imagination,… Continue reading

Why I Love Provence: A Complicated Answer

“There is but one Paris and however hard living may be here—and if it became worse and harder even—the French air clears up the brain and does good. A world of good.” ―… Continue reading

Hey You (Yes … You!), Thanks

I’m struggling for words right now. Because I’m actually on deadline for a couple of things that pay me, and for some other reasons, that may or may not be related to my… Continue reading