I am American by birth and lived in the US until 2003. I worked for many years in my husband’s financial services business, making sure that the administration ran smoothly. Around age 35, I took a break from working and spent some time remodelling an old farmhouse that we had bought near St. Louis, Missouri. I also passed many an hour gardening, as the house came with three acres and I have to admit that I have never grasped the concept of moderation.
When the house was finished and there were blooming plants everywhere, I went back to university where I earned a degree in liberal studies. It had to be liberal studies for me since I was always interested in too many subjects to concentrate on just one. For one of my university courses, I went to Florence, Italy to study art history. I fell in love with that city and with Europe in general, and decided that one day I would live in Europe. My husband, Jeff, and I started travelling to Europe often and we found that we felt very much at home there.
In 2003, we had the opportunity to move to England with a company that Jeff was associated with at the time in the US, and we seized the chance. We moved to London where I once again started working in administration.
Then in 2007, at age 50, I decided it was time to stop working in a sector that I didn’t especially enjoy and to start doing the things that I loved. We bought an apartment in Nice, France and now, I divide my time between London and Nice, that is, when I’m not travelling to other parts of the world.
I find languages fascinating, and I have studied French and Italian for several years. I love to observe and try to understand the various cultures that I have the opportunity to experience – and, of course, to write about them.