On the flight out, I enjoyed reading To Capture What We Cannot Keep, a fun novel set around the building of the Eiffel Tower. When I lived in Paris in 1996, I was way up on Montmartre and rarely made it over to Eiffel’s side of the city.
On this visit, we enjoyed an afternoon walk to Trocadero where the structure, once disparagingly referred to as the metal asparagus, wowed us and a whole crowd of visitors.
One pleasure of the crowd watching throughout the whole trip was noticing a clear demographic shift since 1996–way, way more people of color, both residents and visitors. It was such a treat to be back!
Mom and Dad generously invited me along to visit Paris for a week this August. We had such a good time biking and walking all over the city, visiting the Picasso and Orsay museums, being wowed by architecture all over the city, savoring French flavors, and enjoying the pace of life which includes lots of sitting, whether on park benches, those classic green metal chairs, or in cafés.
A random collection of shots from this beautiful Maine summer. Liam attended a soccer camp he loved (sadly no photos), Reid ran track, I painted walls and got us out to pick endless quarts of berries, and Tim (with generous help from Topher) built a tree house. We also moved back into our wonderful home!
And we adults did manage some desk work. Liam and Reid had their picture published in The Washington Post (not the shot above, but one similar). It accompanied an essay I wrote about our family’s year in graphic novels. I also recently had an essay published in Slate about how Monteverde turned me on to climate activism.
For my 41st birthday, we hitched our bikes to the car and went north to King’s Landing, a living history museum in New Brunswick. We wove straw, made fishing nets, played school, attended an Irish wake, visited a couple of mills, and had a great day exploring.
Liam and Reid have really become helpful family members this year–washing dishes, helping in the garden, and generally offering to chip in. So, we’ve taken on cooking this summer. They each picked two meals to prepare for the family (with the assistance of an adult sous chef and an eager brother). Liam made spring rolls (pictured here) and turkey vegetable wraps. Reid delighted us with tacos and mini quiches.