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.

Buying Art 1.0

19 June 2018

Thirty years ago, a lovely friend of mine, who worked for the Canada Council Art Bank, invited me to go to a vernissage (a private viewing of art before the public exhibition). “Only buy what you like!” she said. “Art should inspire you, and you should be able to interpret something from it.”  So later that night, I…

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Confiture, Preserves and Canning 1.0

13 June 2018

Do you have memories of grandma’s fabulous preserves?  Did your mom can fruits and vegetables when you were a child?   If you grew up in a rural setting then the answer to these questions is probably yes.  I have fond memories of running down the cellar stairs to get another pot of jam for breakfast. …

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Four Days in Provence

10 June 2018

What does one imagine when thinking of Provence? An abundance of fruit trees, gardens lush with plants with mountains in the background?   Beautiful Plane trees aligned on the street’s edge canopying the street with a arch of leaves?   Or is it the scents in the air … with poppies everywhere and rows upon rows of…

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20 Recipes You Need to Master

03 June 2018

When was the first time you picked up a saucepan? Or a whisk?  Do you have fond memories of cooking as a child?   I do.  I grew up in a large family and had a mother who is an excellent cook.  But, for some it is not the case.   I know people who have beautiful…

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Hors d’oeuvres et Canapés

24 May 2018

Serve a platter of hors d’oeuvres or canapés and you will find people make a mad dash to get their hands on one.    These tiny moments of happiness are enough to tempt any appetite.   They are small easy to digest little chunks of life and my favourite thing to serve especially in my home.  …

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Château de Chenonceau: A Royal Love Triangle

18 May 2018

The Château de Chenonceau is a French château spanning the river Cher (no relation), near the small village of Chenonceaux in Loire Valley.   It is the very first Chateau I toured on my first trek to the motherland and still to this day remains my favourite by far.   Not just because it is beautiful, but…

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The Magical Island of Mont Saint Michel

07 May 2018

When I first saw Mont Saint Michel from 25 kilometers away, it did not seem real – just a mirage off in the distance.   It rises out of the misty fog in the bay like a fairy-tale castle.  It is almost seems fake, but as you get closer you realize that it is indeed real…

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Chateau La Coste: Where Art Meets Wine in Provence

01 May 2018

Two years ago on a sunny day, four good friends set off on a road trip to Provence in search of Château La Coste.   We didn’t really know much about the place.  We did know that there would be some art within a vineyard setting, and it was along the way to our final destination, a holiday…

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Leo’s List of Restaurants for 2018

26 April 2018

As an event planner and foodie, I have spent three decades planning cocktails, parties and dinners.   And I know one thing, there are four basic elements that need to be aligned in order to have a great dinner in a restaurant.  Many other things may come into play but these are the integral ones: The…

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Cimetière du Père Lachaise, The Final Resting Place to Millions

10 April 2018

The Cimetière du Père Lachaise (Father Lachaise cemetery) is definitely a must do when visiting Paris and I firmly believe its residents would have wanted that.  For many generations it has remained one of the top ten things to do. It resembles a hilly English garden complete with moss-covered trees, flowers and cobblestone streets. Under…

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