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I’m back…je rentre


Nearly 6 months gone, but I have made my way back to Paris and decided that it is high time for me to start blogging again. I have missed my cyber friends and the challenge of writing (almost) daily. And I have missed my France.


Repatriation is never easy, and mine has been no exception. Truth be told, this is my second trip back to Paris since we moved back “home”. The first time I didn’t feel settled enough in either of my two worlds to share my observations and thoughts, and I felt I might be too critical of my new, but old, life in the U.S. of A.

These days, I am feeling like I am in a good place, although I am still struggling to figure out how to find my balance with one foot in Colorado and the other foot in France. I am grateful for Superman’s continued patience with me, as it just might take a man (and woman) of steel to sort out this new chapter of our lives together.

I have found a good handful or two of things I love about Colorado: easy and genuine smiles, lovely neighbors, siblings who only seem to be getting nicer the older we get, sensible shoes, colorful clothing, turbocharged clothes dryers, effortless banking transactions, clean and free public toilets, cheerful customer service, simple access to health and fitness facilities, the great outdoors, and 300-days-of-sunshine a year. In fact, there are some days I even find it easy to agree that everything is “AWESOME!”…as we Americans like to say.


But as I step back into the City of Light, I am crushed with reminders of the many things I love (and miss) about France, and filled with gratitude for my circle of Paris girlfriends who nurture me, inspire me and make me laugh out loud.

So, I’ve decided to restart the blog and add a minor change to the title. The next weeks will focus mostly on Paris with a sprinkling of antidotes and happenings from my small-town western life. Maybe the very act of writing will help me figure out how to mesh my two worlds together. I am excited to be back in the blogosphere and very much look forward to writing, photographing and posting.

Back to blogging

Thank you to all of you who have sent me personal notes over the last few months and encouraged me to keep writing, and also to those of you in Cyberland who have continued to visit and comment on my blog and kept my stats growing.

Alors, on y va, here we go again…


on y va: let’s go

59 Comments Post a comment
  1. Rachel #

    Yay – welcome back Nancy xx

    February 19, 2015
  2. Caroline B #

    So glad to have you back! See you soon, xoxCaroline

    February 19, 2015
  3. ROL #

    Trop trop contente de pouvoir te lire à nouveau ……. ne bouge pas pendant ces vacances !!!! on prend le temps de se retrouver pour une vraie pause déjeuner et papote !!!!!!!!!!!!! je t’embrasse Marie-Francçoise

    February 19, 2015
    • Ce sera fabuleux to “catch up” et cuisiner ensemble. Je suis tellement heureuse de retour à Paris. Je t’embrasse you more! x

      February 19, 2015
  4. Phew! Thank goodness you’re back, I know that I’m not the only one who’s missed you. Welcome back.

    February 19, 2015
    • Awww, Sixwheeler/Richard thank you for your continued support, nudging and encouragement to keep on writing. I look forward to catching up with your comings and goings and following your new project(s).

      February 19, 2015
      • When I saw that you are back I suggested to Melinda from Australia (I Love Walking in France) who is over in the summer that we meet for lunch. She now tells me that this is only a flying visit, which is a shame.

        February 19, 2015
      • Yes, it is a shame, but I will be back in June/July for a month (mostly riding the Loire à Velo trail for my 50th), but will be in Paris for a few days in mid-June. When will you be here?

        February 20, 2015
      • Planning to be in Provence late August/early September. But a good lunch is always an excuse to pop over on a SleazyJet flight from Bristol.

        February 20, 2015
      • Melinda Lusmore #

        I will be there at the beginning and end of May plus the beginning of September and mid-October. If you find yourself over there then, we could catch up for lunch 🙂

        February 20, 2015
  5. Stephanie #

    A friend told me once that once you leave your home country and live somewhere else you will always kind of be torn between the two…I truly believe that! Having been back myself for 2 1/2 years I still miss many things from my expat life!! And at times feel out of place here in the uSA my home land! I am thankful my perspective is different than those who have never ventured and grateful for friends all over the world!! Great to see you back “online”!

    February 19, 2015
    • Thanks for the encouragement Stephanie. That feeling of not quite fitting in in either place is a hard one to explain unless you’ve lived it. I’m glad to be back in the blogosphere and hopeful that maybe you all can help me sort my “homelessness” out. x

      February 19, 2015
  6. Glad to see you back in the land of the….whatever you want it to be. Hope you work out the transatlantic challenges and enjoy the best of both worlds!

    February 19, 2015
    • Thanks Mel. I’m looking forward to jumping back into Paris and catching up with all my favorite French blogs…yours by far the funniest and painfully realistic.

      February 19, 2015
  7. Goble #

    yes! welcome back Nancy-full-of-projects!

    February 19, 2015
  8. Denise Decloux #

    Looking forward to reading about your re-entry! I am on a one year Visa in France just to explore, discover, travel and delight…all of which is definitely happening!!!! 4-1/2 months in and I already know that I am going to have a hard time going home to my beloved Vancouver and my even more beloved grandson who is still a little angry with me for leaving in the first place! Love, love, love, love, love France….just can’t even tell you how much! Oh wait! You already know!

    February 19, 2015
    • Thank you for stopping by and for reading. It sounds like we share a strong love of France. I’m jealous that you still have 8 1/2 months to explore. I am sure you will make the most of it. What are some of things you have loved most so far?

      February 19, 2015
      • Denise Decloux #

        Sorry for the delayed reply…just saw your post now.
        Things I have loved so far….so many, many things! I spent 10 weeks in Annecy living in a studio in the old town. Absolutely loved it – the surroundings, the pace of life, access to quaint little shops and my very favourite patisserie that I could see from my window. I joked about lowering a basket to them every morning with some money in it in exchange for some fresh pain au chocolat. But it was delightful to sit in the café and have their amazing coffee…almost every day!

        Strasbourg – the Christmas market, unbelievable! Should be on every Christmas lovers bucket list.

        Colmar – such an incredibly quaint town with its colourful half timbered houses. Would love to go back in warmer weather to do the Alsatian wine route.

        Metz – the cathedral. Oh my goodness. I spent so much time in there. It is the cathedral with the 3rd tallest nave in France….and contains the world’s largest collection of stained glass…over 69,000 square feet. It is spectacular, majestic, overwhelming. I was speechless and had a hard time capturing it in photos.

        Spent 5 weeks in Lille, used it as a base to explore a bit in northern France and in Belgium. Absolutely love the city – a very different feel to it from other parts of France with its Flemish architecture.

        And of course, the Cote d’Azur. Had a quick trip in the fall, going back next week. Loved putting my feet in the sea on November 1! Loved, loved, loved “les villages perches” of Roquebrune and Eze.

        The pastries, the fresh food markets, the coffee, the baguettes, the cheese, the saucisson….well, let’s face it…food in general!

        So, just a few of my favourite things……..

        March 5, 2015
  9. Sarah Larson #

    Have a fabulous time, Nancy. I look forward to hearing more from Paris!

    February 19, 2015
  10. Melinda Lusmore #

    Yaay!! It’s good to have you back 🙂

    February 19, 2015
    • So great to be back! And great to hear from you. I am planning our 800 km bike ride through France this summer, so will need to pick your brain and build on all your walking expertise. Will message you on your blog.

      February 19, 2015
      • Melinda Lusmore #

        How long are you back for Nancy?

        February 19, 2015
      • Just for 3+ weeks, and planning another 3 weeks in June and July for the bike trip. I will do my best to make the most of every day, hour, minute and second I’m here in Paris.

        February 19, 2015
  11. suespix #

    awesome!!! 😊😊

    February 19, 2015
  12. mikihonda #

    I miss you too.

    February 19, 2015
  13. KHS #

    Happy to hear you’re back in Paris – and to be reading your blog!

    February 19, 2015
  14. Meeting the French #

    Me happy to read you again xx

    February 19, 2015
  15. Wonderful Nancy great to see you’re back here in “blogland”! I have been taking the time every so often to read your back posts as I missed a lot of them the first time round. I always love your take on all things to do with France and will also enjoy reading about Colarado too as I always think it look so pretty on travel programmes. It’s great to see you back writing again and continuing the blog 🙂 How are your daughters going I think one of them was moving to Europe if I remember rightly but I may be wrong? Our younger daughter is starting to settle in London it has been a steep learning curve once she stopped travelling and had to find a real job and accommodation but she’s stuck it out and things are starting to fall into place for her. We’re going over for 4 weeks at the end of next month primarily to the the UK to see family then Munich for 9 days. I can see that “shuttling” between 2 continents will continue for us for some time to come though our home is definitely in Perth now with our other daughter and her family here plus many long term friends. Bienvenue! 🙂

    February 19, 2015
    • Hello there! Wonderful to get your message and great to hear your news. I’m glad your daughter is doing well in London. It is such an expensive city. I’m not sure how anyone but the 1-percent manages to live there. My oldest is half-way through her second year of school in Epsom, thriving and loving her course. My youngest is in NYC at school and still trying to figure out if she made the right choice. Superman and I are empty nesting, and trying to figure out this two-country thing. We are back in our home in Golden, but so far I am managing to get back to Paris for month-long visits, here and there. Not sure how we will sustain this, but just playing it day-by-day. I do have some exciting things planned in Colorado and will post an update soon. For the moment, I’m going to make the most of my brief sojourn in Paris.

      February 20, 2015
      • Interesting to hear your news too Nancy! Epsom is not far from London! Nowadays it’s much easier to change courses than it used to be so hopefully your NYC based daughter will get there in the end! It’s great that you’re still able to get back to Paris and hope you will work out a solution that suits everyone down the track 🙂 Will look forward to hearing about your exciting plans in Colorado too!

        February 27, 2015
      • Thanks Rosemaylily. Life is a journey…

        March 1, 2015
  16. Bienvenue et bonne continuation!

    February 20, 2015
  17. So happy yo have you back Nancy!!!

    February 20, 2015
  18. Wonderful! So glad to see you back blogging. I had to giggle when I read the list of things you liked about America – especially the turbocharged clothes dryer. I haven’t had a clothes dryer in almost 12 years… Oh well, there are certainly trade-offs. I know it must be difficult caught between two cultures, but I am sure you will figure it out and as you said, the writing will probably help. I’m looking forward to reading your posts.
    All the best, -Margo

    February 20, 2015
    • Thank you Margo. It is a challenge to find a balance between two worlds. I am wondering if it is even possible. Time will tell…that said, clothes dryers are a wonderful thing to have back in my life…I am looking forward to catching up and reading your always interesting and detailed posts.

      February 20, 2015
  19. Monique Pannetier #

    Bravo Nancy and welcome to re entry! We do see Paris differently when we are not living there anymore…totally understand your “between two continents” feeling!

    February 20, 2015
    • Yes. It is hard to figure out where you fit in, isn’t? You must be experiencing a fair amount of culture shock in Dubai, non? How do you like it there?

      February 20, 2015
    • Thanks Monique. How is the Middle East treating you? You must miss Par-ee. Thank you for stopping by. x

      March 1, 2015
  20. Sophie #

    Good news Sophie

    February 20, 2015
  21. I’ve missed your posts and eloquent writing, and I’m glad to read that you’re back at it! I can’t wait to see what you come up with, and I hope that blogging can help put some puzzle pieces together for you.

    February 20, 2015
    • Hi there. Nice to hear from you and thank you for the kind words. You have a new profile picture, me thinks? Lovely. I’m looking forward to catching up on your site. Cheers!

      February 21, 2015
      • Good eye! Yes, my husband took the shot while my daughter and I were talking. He told me he thought it should be my new profile picture. :o)
        Thanks for saying hello. I’m looking forward to catching up with you as well. I hope Paris treats you well.

        February 21, 2015
      • It is a very nice photo. Need to update mine as well.

        February 22, 2015
  22. how is your petit chien adapting ? bet he’s not so welcome in the shops & cafes now!

    February 25, 2015
    • Sadly I had to leave mon petite in Colorado with the hubby. The American airlines make it so difficult and expensive to travel with dogs these days. 😦

      March 1, 2015
  23. welcome back!

    March 4, 2015

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