Piano Man

Saturday was a shopping day for us. First, we took the 3A tram to its terminus and walked the open-air market that seems to be a permanent installation on the Cours de Vincennes, full of produce, cheeses, seafood, meats and clothing stalls. Then we took the Metro from the Nation station to the Bon Marche … Continue reading

Just Us

In law school, I took a course on comparative law that included the study of the French Civil Law system which differs from the English-based Common Law system we have adopted in most of the United States. I say “most” of the United States because Louisiana – originally settled by the French – follows the … Continue reading

Eye Full

The 3-hour train ride on the TGV from Bordeaux to Paris was uneventful. Oddly, at €65 ($85) each, First Class tickets were cheaper than coach, not that there was really that much difference in the seating, anyway. We arrived in rain and took a cab to our new accommodations, Frédérique’s and Virginie’s 12th floor apartment … Continue reading

Dharma Talk

We awoke early Monday in order to make the 2-hour drive to Thénac to visit Plum Village for the 9:00 a.m. Dharma talk given weekly by Vietnamese Zen-Master Thích Nhất Hạnh. Plum Village is a monastery for Buddhist monks and nuns and a practice center for lay practitioners of Mindfulness. It was founded in 1982 … Continue reading