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French Summer 2019

Titan Crane, Île de Nantes

This Strange Summer

I had plans for the summer. I was going to solve all the issues my family is facing, then relax, write a manuscript or two, work as usual, be the perfect mother and spend some quality time with Feng.

Allée Brancas, Nantes

People of Nantes – 2019 Edition

It felt like the end of the summer last week but it should have been its peak. And now, summer holidays are actually ending for most French, including us, and it’s suddenly hot again.

"Le Nid", 32nd floor of the Tour de Bretagne”, 360° views of the Greater Nantes area

Tour de Bretagne, 32nd Floor

Feng left today. At 10 a.m., I walked him to the bus station. He was in travel mode, focused on the upcoming journey back to Canada, and I was half-asleep—we didn’t speak much.

Esplanade du Trocadéro, Paris

People of Paris

I was a bit wary of Paris in the summer. The months of July and August are prime tourist season in one of the most popular destinations in Europe and one of the most famous in the world.

Fontaine Saint-Michel, Place Saint-Michel, Paris

The Ghost Train to Nantes

Checkout was at noon and we had tickets for the 4:43 p.m. Paris-Nantes TGV, so we were free until 4 p.m.—the Montparnasse railway station was just two subway stops or a fifteen-minute walk from the...

Île de Nantes

The New Trottinette and a Crazy Idea

The city hasn’t changed but everything else did. Like my mom puts it, “it was a shitty year.” There’s so much family drama going on I don’t even know where to start both when I try to explain it to...

My paternal grandparents' place

An Awkward Visit

Just two weeks after leaving Ottawa, Feng, Mark, I, my sister and her boyfriend piled up into his car to go see my paternal grandparents.

Human chain on July 20 to ask "Where is Steve?"

“Where is Steve?”

When we arrived in Nantes, thousands of posters asking “Où est Steve?” were plastered all around the city. There are also graffiti on the festival site and on July 20, we saw a human chain along the...