My name is Kathleen. I am a native east coast girl, born in upstate New York and living in Virginia and Vermont during the first half of my life. Vermont however is where I would call home in the sense of growing-up, my childhood, family, college and eventually moving-on. As a young girl I languished to leave Vermont, leave what seemed to be a quiet, sheltered life and to spread my wings in a city. Ultimately I spent much of the second half of my life living in southern California, venturing out west to begin a new career, to start life anew, to smell the salty air and feel the warmth of unlimited sunshine.
My husband, Eric, is a full-bred Frenchman born and raised in France, living in Paris and Provence over the course of his life there. French by heart, upon his arrival to the US he fell in love with CA, all of its sunshine, beaches, of course surfing and he lived there for the last 20 years. Eric and I met in Laguna Beach, making it forever special to our hearts and the location of our home, where we lived with our two dogs, Loulou and Kismet.
As I have aged, priorities in my life have changed and I now find myself wanting a simpler lifestyle than that of busy California. I envision life in the countryside with our dogs, some animals, slowing down and actually having open space around me. Over the years I often tried to convince Eric to put California and surfing on hold, which is like asking a chicken to fly and to return to his roots in France. So when the opportunity to move to Provence arose we jumped at the chance, Eric maybe a little hesitantly, loaded up a few items, our dogs and headed for a different way of life.
So here I am, L’Americaine in Provence. This blog is the story of my time in Provence, life in the country in a new country and my experiences with the people, culture, surroundings and of course, food. Lots and lots of food! This blog is my labor of love new creative project, sharing glimpses of the ordinary that bring joy to our new daily life. Inspired by next chapters, new beginnings and slow-living. I am happy to share stories of Provençal life viewed through my American lens.