The Bold Soul is Lisa Taylor Huff’s blog about (and I’m sort of going to use Lisa’s own words here)… deciding to move to Paris, having hit her 40s and found herself labeled “Over 40 and Still Single”!
Everyone thought she was crazy or at least full of shit. But she did it anyway at the age of 45. She sold half of everything she owned, put the rest in storage, packed her suitcases, rented an apartment and got on the plane.
A year later, out of the blue, she met THE Guy, and a FRENCH guy no less. The Coup de Foudre.
They were married on July 12, 2008 — her first marriage at age 47, and the LAST marriage for both of them.
And Paris is now her home: her, him and his three kids, together in a quiet little house behind the big hill of Montmartre.
Oh, isn’t that sweet?
Now, The Bold Soul is a very positive blog and I’m sure that it contains much that we can learn from Lisa, so let’s find out….
What does Lisa have to say about becoming an expat?
Lisa tells us that The Hardest Part of Living Abroad is leaving people you care for.
Sure, there are bound to be many Small Challenges and Small Victories but Lisa seems to have coped with them all.
After all, it’s just a question of Redefining Normal, isn’t it? Although I do have to take issue with the idea of “walking to the market or the stores in my neighborhood with my little pink cart with wheels.”
I tried that once, in Brittany; I got lynched! Anyone want to buy a slightly mangled little pink cart with wheels?
Lisa does realise that she’s not quite French during a visit to the Gynecologist. After all… “French women routinely and without batting an eyelash strip down to their bare skin with the doctor in the room, then they hop up on the examining table as nonchalantly as can be.”
And American girlies don’t? Shame!
Getting your leg over – or….. the Dating stuff!
Perhaps Paris changes mens’ attitude to women. After all, they don’t have La Chasse to take their mind off carnal matters?
I do agree with Lisa that, if you want to attract a girlie, you should keep it zipped up. After all, No one needs to see THAT!
And perhaps The Direct (and potentially painful) Approach isn’t always the best one to use either?
Certainly, it’s never worked for me!
And men, if you want to get to first base… remember to wash at least once a week. After all, as we read in Public transport would be fine if it weren’t for the public! the girlies do notice if you twitch a lot and smell like a really bad soup!
The caring and sensitive part of my psyche does feel a tiny bit sorry for Twitchy Soup Guy. I wonder how he’s getting on? I wonder if he’s pulled, yet!
Little animals; edible or not….
Apparently Lisa doesn’t like mice. Personally I don’t have a problem with them although I do admit that the one thing worse than finding a dead mouse in your shoe is…. finding half a dead mouse in your shoe! Yes, I’ve got pussies too!
And, on the more edible side of things, Lisa isn’t so fond of Moth Pasta. I wonder why? Full of protein, or so I’ve heard!
And as for not so little animals… Lisa is Feeling rather guilty now when, during a visit to the zoo, a kangaroo looks accusingly at her. Yes, he knows; he knows that she ate kangaroo meat the other day at Kiwi Corner.
Mummy, that lady’s just eaten Skippy!
But then, Paris is another country, isn’t it?
When she is Noticing her new (at the time) surroundings, Lisa comes up with a lovely list of the things that are different about paris; the things that make it special!
And what better way to discover Paris than through Lisa’s own eyes (or, at least her camera lens.)
Because sometimes a picture really does tell a thousand words….
1). L’Accordéonist spotted outside Eglise Saite-Pierre or…
2). A Snowy Day, Paris Style. Perhaps some…
3). Ivy and Cobblestones? At least it was a….
And Lisa really does know Paris very well. At least, she knows the important bits…. Like Where to buy good slutty boots in Paris!
And isn’t that something that everyone should know?
Being in Paris I guess we’ll have to talk about the state of the pavements?
In Trippin’ Lisa talks about the “endless effort to avoid stepping in the crotte (still her number 1 pet peeve about Paris)” and then in I’m not the only one annoyed by this she points out that another Paris blogger actually takes photos of the stuff!
Now, there’s a man I could share a beer with!
And, with not a Crotte in sight… what about this lovely sports car? Is that Hot, or what?
So, summing up….
The Bold Soul really has got something for everyone. I’ve been reading it now for the last 567 hours solid (without even a break to attend to natures needs!) and I feel that I’ve only just started to scratch the surface!
And me? Well, I’ve heard a rumour that They Still Exist! Yes, it could be true! I’m going to investigate! I might even have to try it out for myself!
Perhaps history will remember Lisa Taylor Huff as “The Woman who photographed Squatters!”
All the best
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