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Monday, March 24, 2014


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Sandy Vann

Of the many adjustments necessary to life in la belle France getting used to driving here is for me the most profound! Especially just coming back this year from the enormously wide roads in Phoenix. Oh la la....well so glad you were in the right cherie.
Jackie sounds so level headed for her age. Hope I can muster her calm demeanor on the roads.:)

Eileen deCamp

Hi Kristin,
I'm glad Jackie was there to calm you down. I always stress out when a cop is behind me even when I haven't done anything wrong. I just assume I did. I'm so happy your book is doing well and thank you so much for using my photo! I was so surprised when I opened FWAD this morning! :-) They are truly two of my favorite things! Have a nice start to your week!!

Erin Dininny Harris

How do you say ballistic in French? So glad everyone was safe.

Kristin Espinasse

Sandra, Having driven in Phoenix I can sympathize!

Eileen, thank you again!

Erin, to go ballistic is so peter les plombs (peh-tay-lay-plohm)



Once again you have captured me within your precious wanderings - just as you always did as a child. Oh how I long for you to return to me at 8, 9, or 10 years of age once again so I could savor all the joy you brought to me at that time of our lives.

Eileen has grown into one of your dearest friends, I was stunned by the beauty and thoughtfulness of her portrait of your book and also honoring JM´s delightful ¨Lunatique´- which he labored on as deeply as you do your words. I am just filled with joy this morning - I was sidetracked by clicking on your video and then took the ride through all of your old videos as the screen suggested ¨Play All¨…. what a wonderful way to spend my morning watching you grow on video.

I love you Honey - you give me more and more satisfaction with my place in time as each day passes.



Vance Anderson-Inks

I agree with your Mom's sentiments, not only because I know her, but also because I have two daughters of my own. You should be very proud of yourself, and your accomplishments.
Love your opening picture today as well. It ties your life with Jean-Marc together in such a lovely way.

Diane Young

Chere Kristi,
I was pulled over on the expressway a few weeks ago as I was rushing to church on a Sunday morning. Since I was the slowest car on the road, I couldn't imagine why I was being pulled over. It turns out that there is a law now that if \you pass A DISABLED CAR in the emergency lane, you must either change to the middle lane or slow down 20mph to 45 mph. I told the state trooper that I wasn't aware of this law and I only received a warning. And was about 25 minutes late for church. People I told about were split between those who did and didn't know that law. Apparently it's ok to be going 85 mph, just don't forget to look out for cars in the emergency lane. oi vey! It's always quelque chose, n'est-ce pas? I've been wondering why I had received my book so I guess it's Amazon's problem. Bietot, j'espere.

Diane Young

I meant to type "hadn't: received my book. I apologize for my misspelling, I'm sure, of the Yiddish comment.

cynthia lewis


Driving in heavy traffic on somewhat unfamiliar roads is nerve-wrack-ing enough without adding a police car to the mix. Jackie's words were very calming and correct. She will be a good driver.

I have finished reading your new book and enjoyed it very,very much!

My brother found your video unique; he had never heard of or seen a wine bottle opened by your method. He did observe that if the cork had suddenly popped out completely, Jean-Marc would have had a shower of very nice wine! So you see: your video has been enjoyed by someone who lives in Monticello, Florida. Thanks so much, Cynthia


Our dear Kristi,
A wonderful post and beautiful picture to fill overcast sky with sun!(wish we would get some rain;we're in a severe drought!)
I so admire you and gorgeous Jackie for not only driving,but finding your way and not freaking out in heavy traffic!
You girls are awesome!
Natalia XO


Driving in France can be incredibly stressful! Your Jackie is a very wise girl. You really did such a great job raising your two beautiful, smart kids!

rick chinn

Ahhh... the joys of Driver's Ed.
You'll survive, although I'll point out that in my case, in the end it was my mother who taught me how to drive. My father wasn't up to the task. My mom's approach was to shut-up and let me drive. She would comment if I was going to do something stupid that might get us injured or worse.
My bit of colloquial english: having a cop follow you is like towing a time bomb. You never know when it'll go off.


You didn't mention whether you signaled before changing lanes, because that would be grounds for pulling you over. Especially since you didn't look in yr. mirror first and nearly collided. Sounds like you were lucky.

And, seriously, you gesticulate at other drivers? That's just asking for trouble, not to mention setting the wrong example for yr. children.

Chris Allin

Uh oh!!!

cynthia lewis

Eileen, your photo at the beginning of today's blog is beautiful! (I forgot to mention this in my earlier comment.)

Marianne Rankin

When I was last in France in 1979, I drove a rented car over 800 miles on French roads. The biggest challenge was getting through some small towns where the streets were barely wide enough for the car. I made it to Paris without incident, navigating the "Etoile" where 12 streets come together. I was glad that at that point, I could turn the car into the rental agency and ride the metro!

So there is driver ed in France. It has been largely phased out in the USA, at least in the D.C. area, for lack of school-budget money, probably. In Maryland, people with learner's permits must accumulate 60 hours of practice driving (recorded in a log that is eventually given to the Motor Vehicle Administration), plus 30 hours of mostly classroom instruction. This is vastly different from when I was a teenager in Virginia, with almost no requirements. You took the behind-the-wheel test whenever your parents thought you were ready.

I still wonder why you, Kristin, have had to drive Max and Jackie to school. Aren't there school buses?

Glad you survived this experience with no injuries or damage to the car.


Congratulations on the success of your book. I hope that the shipping issues are resolved quickly and that your sales continue to grow.

I'm glad to hear that you got out of the drive unscathed. You're certainly brave. I was too overwhelmed by the cacophony to drive last time I was in France.


Brilliant, I LOVE the bottle opening video! But, I do consider it a "first take". I encourage you to re-shoot it so Jean-Marc can give a more ringing endorsement of your book. It seems that turning the camera on him made Jean-Marc a bit tongue-tied.

Julia ~ Falling Off Bicycles

Love the photo and the story. Congrats on the special note about your book. I hope a publisher picks it up soon. Bisous from Marseille.

Susan an Oregonian in Paris

That no honking law that Jackie mentioned is never enforced in Paris !!!!


Today is Tues. /8/04. I woke up exhausted from yesterday "lundi avec grandmere". My adorable 18 month old grandson keeps me very busy from 7 am to 6 pm. I was planing to work out today, but could barley lift my head off the pillow.Got up and made frenh-press coffee (mais bien sur) Planning to study my French on line program, I opted instead to start reading "First French Essais". You had me at "Poursuivre" I was roaring laughing while envisioning Braise chasing the children with a bisto chair attached to his leash. Your writing is so fun, funny and heart felt .We are going to France end of September for 2 weeks and that is why I am madly trying to "refresh" my French.However,it depletes my brain some days. So thank you Kristen for a lovely respite.

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