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Sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean, July 2020

The Unreal Trip

Sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean, July 2020 Who on earth travels in a middle of the pandemic? Aren’t borders closed? Us. And yes… but no. Mark just passed out on the TGV a few minutes after the train...

Michel Giannesini, 1929-2020


The TV was switched off... Michel Giannesini, 91 years old, former sound engineer and one of the first people to sell TVs in France left us on April 25, 2020.

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.

"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...