From Here To Paris -- Get laid off. Buy a barge in France. Take it to Paris.

The corporate world had dumped me; given me a pat on the back and said, "have a nice life." I thought, "why the hell not?" So I bought an ancient canal barge in France and set off to live a dream. This is the story of how we dragged that old tub all the way through France and into Paris, to live in the shadow of Notre Dame. It was kicking and screaming, laughing and crying, but we made it. Voila! More

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About Cris Hammond

Cris Hammond is a nationally known artist, cartoonist and entrepreneur. His comic strip, “Speed Walker, Private Eye” was seen daily in over 150 newspapers across the country. His paintings of ships and the sea have appeared in galleries in Sausalito, San Francisco, Tiburon and Carmel California. He led special effects teams to Academy Awards in motion pictures including Star Trek IV, Innerspace and The Abyss among others. In 1994 he founded what is now known as Workforce Logic, a company that specializes in defining the legal and tax liabilities associated with the contingent workforce. In late 2001, after growing to revenues in excess of $100 million a year, he left the company and created PaparazziH2O, a web enabled, on-the-water yacht photography business. After winning international attention for his innovative use of new, and not so new, technologies, Cris sold the business in 2004 so he’d have time to see how much trouble he could get into on that barge in France.

Since then, Cris and his wife, Linda have been spending half of each year on their 56 foot Dutch barge Phaedra, exploring the canals and rivers of France, cooking, writing, painting and resetting their body clocks to a much slower pace. The rest of their time they are at home in Sausalito California, in their little Victorian studio by San Francisco Bay where he sells his paintings and she dotes on their new grandson.

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