Marie-Hélène Maman


At the bottom on the left is an alphabetical list of the pages in this web site, to help you navigate if you feel so inclined.

A guide to our family photo album covering 1994-2010, showing the principal themes, is here.

A year by year guide to our family time-line from 1994 through 2007 is here.

A photo journal beginning in 2008 is here.

The most recent pages of the album, copies of posts from my WordPress family blog,, are linked here:,,,


Being a mother may take up a large chunk of Marie-Hélène's daily life as well, but the camera tends to come out mostly on vacations or during days out.

For example, on the left, is a moment's pause with Alex and Charles on her lap during an energetic tour of Disney World in August 2000. It was really hot, as you can see from a photo of Alban and Charles spraying each other to cool down on this page.





On the right is from the 1999 summer vacation, taken in one of the boats for tourists that ply the Thames in central London.  Daphné and Alban were with their father in France, and the rest of us went to the UK and Brittany (La Grée and St Malo).  Tom was wandering off, as was his wont,  when this one was taken. He was looking at the river.

Moving on to Mother's Day in 2006, which gave us some lovely pictures, two of which are here. It was one of those occasions, all too rare since the older children have grown older (we hesitate to say "up" yet!), when we all ate together.

On the right, before the meal at Seascape Resort. This is one of papa's faves: each looks good enough to eat!

On the left, outside at Seascape the same day. The picture of the eight of us together, on this site's home page, was also taken that day.



A shot from our Disney World vacation in 2000 one taken in the Orlando Holiday Inn Family Suites.




Sharing a quiet moment with Alex in a cafe in Sausalito, California, February 2001.

Note the coffee: Marie-Hélène and her coffee are almost inseparable.






On the right, leading her younger charges to their baptism, August 2004 at La Grée.


On the left, outside the Santa Barbara Mission in 2001 with her three sons, one or more of whom is inevitably fooling around!

Below is a reflective contribution from Alex, taking one of his first photographs with his mother's new digital camera in May 2004.


 With Daphné and Alban (and Charles coming along fine!) at l'Ecole de Saint Cyr, near La Grée, in July 1995. Denis, Marie-Hélène's brother (visible here), is a graduate of that prestigious military school.


On the monorail in Disneyland, Anaheim, a little over fifty years after it opened. There's one of Alex and papa here.



It's not all a bed of roses: here we are dealing with a Charlie tantrum at Carmel Mission, May 2001




But it can be kind of fun! Every year, the stores in downtown Santa Cruz hand out candy to trick-or-treaters. This photo of Charlie (on his mother's right) and Alex (on her right) shows maman in costume too for Halloween 2007

Note the Santa Cruz Book Store, a genuine tourist attraction!


Life's a beach 1: Southern California

Showing Charlie how to swing on a San Clemente beach during her first visit to the US, April 1997.

The significance of the two contrasting images is a question of temperature. Marie-Hélène feels the cold very keenly, and on this visit delighted in the warmth of Southern California, even early in the year. Unfortunately, that warmth does not quite extend north to us, and the shivering boys on a local beach personify the difference, one that she deplores!




Life's a beach 2: Santa Cruz!


Here she is warming up the dynamic duo after an afternoon's boogey-boarding on Capitola Beach in May 2004.


Finally, here she is at her her father's house in Brittany (see here) with her four children, on June 30, 2007. Daphné and Alban managed to join her for a week or so during their summer vacation with their dad. As in most summers, Marie-Hélène spent a month or so visiting her father with Alex and Charlie.

Marie-Hélène's family is here, and her friends here.


Listing of Pages in the Site

. . . with Alban
. . . with Daphne
. . . with Nicholas
. . . with Thomas
2008 Diary
2008 Special Days
2009 Daphne Alban
2009 Diary
2009 Sports
2009: Tom in IOW
2009: Tom Visits
Alban 1997-2007
Alban Petit 1989-96
Alban with friends
Alex & Charlie's Friends
Alex 1998-2002
Alex Arrives
Alexander 2002-07
Big kids with . .
Breakers '05
Charles & Alex 2
Charles & Alex 3
Charles 1995-9
Charles 2000-07
Charlie's Here
Childrens' parties
Courtney & Antony's Wedding
Daphné 1997-2007
Daphné Petite 87-97
Death Valley
Diary to 2007
Dirty babies
Disney Decor
Disney Residents
Disney Rides
Disneyland 2011
Down the Coast
Faby & Jean
Family Groups
Fooling around
Graduations 2007
Graduations I
Happy Valley
Her Family
Her Friends
His Family 1
His Family 2
Historical Themes
Ian in England
Ian's 50th Birthday
Ian's friends
Ian's Work
Journal from 2008
La Bellanderie
La Grée
La Radinerie des Berhauts
Laura & Damian
Law School Reunion
Le Tahu
Little little guys
Maman Fille
Man Utd v. Barca
Missing You
Mountain Biking
Moving House
Moving Out
New York
Nick 1999-2007
Nick younger
Our Cars
Our Cats
Our Homes
Our House!
Pacific Grove
Papa Ian
Peace Train
Photo Albums
Pools I (1998-2001)
Pools II (2004)
Portraits 2008
Risky Flight
Road Trip!
Santa Cruz
Soccer in 2003
Soccer in 2008
Soccer: hobby #1!
Special Days
St. Malo
Surfing USA
Tahoe Weekend
Thanksgiving 2005
The Hanlons
Thorpe Park
To Santa Cruz
Tom 2000-07
Tom in Paris in 2008
Tom younger
West Cliff
Xmas 1994 -2001
Xmas 2002-2007
Zinzins in California!