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paris  The Bold Soul   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe 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….

4).  Nice day for a stroll.

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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3 Comments

  • By The Bold Soul, June 11, 2010 @ 2:30 pm

    Thanks Keith, for such an entertaining review of my blog. And really, I hope you DID stop for a nature break at least once during those 567 hours. Just a few side-notes:

    On the pink caddy: my husband took issue with it, too. You will rejoice along with him to learn that on a recent supermarket excursion, it completely fell apart and needed to be replaced. I choose a more hip one that even a man could love: red, grey and black geometric pattern. Better now?

    American gynecologists won’t examine a woman without a female nurse present in the room (even when the doctor is also a woman) — too afraid of lawsuits and accusations of sexual harassment, but that’s America for you — so they certainly won’t expect a woman to disrobe in front of the doctor or even the nurse. They give you 5 minutes to “get ready, with a paper gown and everything. Here in France, you’re just expected to “let it all hang out”. I’ve gotten over the shock, myself.

    The crotte problem seems worse than ever, and yes, it’s still my #1 pet peeve about living here. Dog owners here are just plain lazy.

    And I still find it fascinating that the Turkish toilet post got such a reaction. Of all my posts, I think that one proved to be the most “controversial” even though I’m rarely interested in controversy.

    Thanks again and I’ll be happy to cross link to your blog… and will enjoy reading some of your other reviews and discovering some new ex-pat blogs.

    Best and boldest,
    Lisa

  • By Keith Eckstein, June 11, 2010 @ 4:10 pm

    Lisa – I’ve got a green one (and my shopping trolley is green as well!)

    If I ever need to see a gynecologist, I’ll bear your advice in mind. I suspect it wouldn’t phase me; when I worked at the abattoir, people of the female persuasion used to walk through the men’s changing rooms as it was a short cut for them!

    Keep counting the Crottes!

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Karin (an alien parisienne), June 12, 2010 @ 10:13 am

    I love checking in with Lisa at The Bold Soul! I’m so glad you reviewed her here. I love her story and her perspective on life.

    Turkish toilet post and controversy, eh? I have not read that one. Sounds like one to check out! :D

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