Gare St. Lazare still has the same glass ceiling that appears in Claude Monet's iconic paintings. But let's just say that the look today is a bit more prosaic, a bit less atmospheric than 130 years ago. Sigh.
For a long time, we were just another typical Washington, DC family: two policy-oriented jobs, two kids, and two cars. Out of the blue, my husband got a new assignment; we ditched the old jobs and the cars (but kept the kids) and headed to Paris for what started out to be a three-year, and eventually became a four-year tour.