Tag: French

Surrounded by Sea, Ancient Ruins, the Constant Ringing of Church Bells, and a Cacophony of Cultures, This Writer Calls Malta Home

Surrounded by Sea, Ancient Ruins, the Constant Ringing of Church Bells, and a Cacophony of Cultures, This Writer Calls Malta Home
If you’re like me, you know very little about Malta, except that is was the setting for the classic Humphrey Bogart film, Maltese Falcon and the December 1989 Malta Summit between President George H. W. Bush and Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev, following the fall of the Berlin Wall. Amy, my contact for this post on Malta, helped fill in the blanks. How I... Read more »

The Carnival is in Town, It's My Son's Birthday, and I'm Longing to See the Ferris Wheel

The Carnival is in Town, It's My Son's Birthday, and I'm Longing to See the Ferris Wheel
The carnival came to town today, filling the streets of my town with candy-colored tents and the usual thrill rides that jerk, whizz, and clang on their revolving tracks and gears. Bells ring, music blares, and lights flash while hawkers shout out offers at varying games of chance. The smell of spun sugar and popcorn... Read more »

Norway: Fjords, Vikings, and the Nobel Prize for Peace

Norway: Fjords, Vikings, and the Nobel Prize for Peace
The landscape of Norway is breathtakingly beautiful, its people proud and fiercely independent. For good reason. Known as the land of the midnight sun, Norway is where the first Vikings struck out from and, by stark contrast, where the Nobel Prize for Peace is awarded each year. In 1911, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first person to reach the... Read more »
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What Not to Say in French After Picking Protected Wildflowers in Switzerland

What Not to Say in French After Picking Protected Wildflowers in Switzerland
It’s been an exciting week. I’ve contacted a pastor in Macedonia, a young man in Thailand, and a British adventurer who spent 45 days on a rock in the middle of the North Atlantic. I am so grateful to all of them. Our conversations remind me that no matter where we live we are more... Read more »

France: Le Colonel and Me

France: Le Colonel and Me
Three men are responsible for supporting and inspiring me to write this blog: Steve, my husband; Graham, my son; and a 90-year-old Frenchman named Paul Fossat. Eleven years ago this spring, my husband joined an online game site called It’s Your Turn (IYT). From the very beginning, Paul stood out above the others. Steve and Paul... Read more »