VIVRE MA FRANCE
Here it is, my life in France. We did it, my husband and I. We moved to latitude 43.61 and longitude 3.87. In the “sud de la France”, Occitanie or to be more specific, Montpellier. An area known for 300 days of sunshine, beautiful beaches, style & panache. The warmer weather of southern France has been calling our name for years now and we finally accepted the call. For those of you who do not already know me, I am a gregarious event planner and a foodie. It’s a wonderfully fun combination for life. This blog will be about my work and our lives, but also the interesting things I see and experience. It will also be a discussion on life’s social aspects, with an eye on entertaining and event planning.
Join me on-site and in real-time, as I create weddings and private affairs. I will show you a few quick tips to top-up your game and achieve success in the home, a restaurant or abroad. I live in wine country and together we will go directly to vineyards to see how things are made. Learn how to select a menu for your home and pair it with wine. I will also cover fine dining, so you can experience it will me and this will include restaurant reviews. Follow me as I review restaurants, cities and places I have traveled to and will present a top list of restaurants each year. You can also follow my online recommendations as VivreMaFrance at Trip Advisor.com.
We are also in the process of buying a house. This will also be some of the things I will cover. From searching, finding and purchasing a home in France including working with a lawyer and notary. We will also discuss renovations including the the design and decor of the house and land. Currently the plan is to open an event space, Bed and Breakfast aka Gite de France (vacation house rentals) but like most things in life the plan is organic and is changing every day.
I am excited about this new stage in my life. I have lived my entire life in Canada, and am very grateful for that privilege, but now it is time for something new and something different. Time to strike a few more things off my bucket list. I am over 50, happy and looking forward. Please join me on this adventure of a lifetime.
Another little family weekend trip turned out to be a discovery of a new town and region in Occitanie. Located far from our beaches, nestled in the mountains, we reached Castres, aka the little Venice of Occitanie, known throughout the country for its rugby team and its pharmaceutical and cosmetics manufacturing. So, after 2 hours…Lire plus
Charcuterie is the French art of cooking dedicated to cured or prepared meats such as ham, pâté, terrines, sausages and confit. These items are served all together on a long planche (wooden board) and are to be shared as a group. Truly the most wonderful thing about a charcuterie board is its versatility and so…Lire plus
I’ve always had a thing for flowers. Perhaps it stems from my childhood; my mom, who is a big gardener, always had fresh flowers and flowering plants in the house. And so, at a young age, I learned that taking care of a living thing makes us feel good about ourselves. If you want to…Lire plus
Chocolate remains incredibly popular in France where the average person eats 7kg each year and chocolatiers in France are a highly trained and valued profession. The world’s oldest person, French citizen Jeanne Louise Calment, lived to the age of 122 and proudly ate two and a half pounds of dark chocolate per week. In Paris, you…Lire plus
One of the beautiful things about living in Montpellier is that the city is filled with terraces and there is nothing that I like better, than eating al fresco, especially for brunch. The portmanteau of breakfast and lunch is not always widely available in a French city. It takes place at the same time as…Lire plus
Over the next year, I am going to be presenting my new monthly series on the best wedding venues in the south of France. The first one is a very special place called Château de Flaugergues, originally built as a beautiful country home located outside of the city centre, it is now an excellent place…Lire plus
I have to admit that at one time I hated cheese. But time does have a way of changing things and tastes and so naturally, when I married a Frenchman my taste for cheese improved greatly as it was front and centre in my daily life. You know, the French are considered to be the…Lire plus
Each French region or city has its historical monuments and landmarks. When visiting a French family, they’ll likely take you out for a walk to their local wonders. Montpellier’s downtown and surroundings have a lot to offer from the Roman era to modern architecture, but the “folies” are quite specific to Montpellier. When first visiting…Lire plus
Everyone is nervous about paying for art. Its very subjective and so attributing a price to it may be quite difficult. Of course, one’s own budget must also be taken into consideration, as it makes no sense to buy something you cannot afford. To broach the subject, I’ve drawn up a few parameters to help…Lire plus
As an event planner and foodie, I have spent three decades planning cocktails, parties and dinners and I can tell you that there are four basic elements that need to be aligned in order to have a great dinner in a restaurant. The space needs to have a nice flow and make one feel comfortable. Many…Lire plus