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Katie Beck

Pardon My French: Our Heroine's Paper-Thin Walls

Katie Beck | Posted 09.01.2012 | Travel
Katie Beck

The international crowds in search of sand, sea and that golden Provencal sun are arriving in hordes now and the town is filling up.

Conquering A French Post Office

Katie Beck | Posted 06.02.2012 | Travel
Katie Beck

With the hot sun and gentle breeze on my face, I reflected on the day. Absurd really. But I needed to break the seal of sounding stupid. I'll get used to it.

Pardon My French: Our Heroine Sets Off... Again

Katie Beck | Posted 05.28.2012 | Travel
Katie Beck

The pebbly beach is scattered with the constant sunbathers and students, but the glassy indigo water seems to be untouched for the moment.

Pardon My French: Our Heroine's Adventure Continues

Katie Beck | Posted 05.13.2012 | Travel
Katie Beck

As he is setting off to cover conflicts in the Middle East, I am packing my bags to return to Nice just in time for the warmth of spring.

Pardon My French: Our Heroine Gets Lost In Portland

Katie Beck | Posted 03.15.2012 | Travel
Katie Beck

It's not Provence, but the view from Northwest is pretty nice.

Pardon My French: Our Heroine Returns To Her Homeland

Katie Beck | Posted 02.28.2012 | Travel
Katie Beck

After wrestling with the subways in Paris, trains in Italy and street maps in Ramallah, getting lost in a place where I can speak the language seems luxurious.

Pardon My French: Our Heroine Returns "Home"

Katie Beck | Posted 02.13.2012 | Travel
Katie Beck

As I made my way back up onto the main road, I saw huge Christmas trees strung with lights set up in the big square and a Christmas market full of people buying candied apples and hot cider.

Pardon My French: Our Heroine Gets a Warm Palestinian Welcome

Katie Beck | Posted 01.28.2012 | Travel
Katie Beck

People often talk about how friendly and hospitable Americans are, but I think Palestinians, at least the ones I've met, are miles ahead in this category.

Pardon My French: Our Heroine Gets Comfortable In The West Bank

Katie Beck | Posted 01.11.2012 | Travel
Katie Beck

I am in the West Bank, a place fraught with political tension and controversy, oceans away from my friends and family and I feel more at home than I have in a long time.

Pardon My French: Our Heroine Is Having An Affair

Katie Beck | Posted 12.27.2011 | Travel
Katie Beck

After we polished off the tiramisu and coffee, we strolled out onto the pebbly sand and, at that moment, with the Mediterranean Ocean drenched in golden autumnal sunshine, and the beach empty but for us, Italy sure seemed a lot like paradise to me.

Pardon My French: Our Heroine Gets a Lesson in Etiquette

Katie Beck | Posted 12.24.2011 | Travel
Katie Beck

All of the quirky rules and formalities here give a sense that people are doing the same things -- in the same places -- that they have been done for centuries. This is precisely what I find so fascinating about this country.

Pardon My French: Our Heroine Confronts Corsica And Rotten Cheese

Katie Beck | Posted 10.29.2011 | Travel
Katie Beck

It started out tasting like very strong blue cheese, but the flavor quickly went from pungent to spicy and then seemed to coat my tongue and the inside of my mouth like peanut butter.

Pardon My French: Filming A Departure...

Katie Beck | Posted 10.15.2011 | Travel
Katie Beck

A cab ride, lots of excess baggage fees, a red eye, a few buses and 12 hours later, I arrived in Nice ready to start my new life.

Pardon My French: Our Heroine Sells Her Old Life

Katie Beck | Posted 10.04.2011 | Travel
Katie Beck

I made the decision to move to France, quit my job and found renters. The big things posed little problem. It was the little stuff that proved hard to handle.