“All Mushrooms Are Edible…”

A duo of wild mushrooms from the Vosges mountains in eastern France. Photo by Erin Brown. Nothing compares to the thrill of taking your life into your own hands, especially…

Christmas in France

Sapin de Noël in Cassis, amid the Platane trees. It is both exciting and saddening to spend Christmas in a country that isn’t your own. The prospect of learning about…

A Beginner’s Guide to Planète Mars

Old and new meet at Marseille’s Vieux Port, with the stately old Fort St-Jean shadowing the shiny new Mucem in the distance. It’s been over a month now since I…

Last Goodbyes and First Impressions

Is this real life? Is this just fantasy? The opening lyrics of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” may seem commonplace, but on the eve of my move to Marseille, they came to…