The Blog - Vivre ma France
Since moving from a beautiful, yet cold, Montreal in La Belle Province to a sunny little region known as Montpellier, la France has transitioned to Ma France - an adventure that has been documented with you, my dear reader. My journey has grown from creating a home in a Haussmannian apartment within a new country to the evolution of a community of new friends, colleagues and clients - both locally and internationally!
The inspiration I get from experiencing new sights, trying different cuisines and taking in new cultures translates into my everyday life, whether throwing a casual mid-week get together with friends, or hosting an all-out bash for a corporate dinner event.
Here in the sunny wine region, Sud de France, l’Occitanie, I am living out my life's mission: Bringing ease into event planning for the people - so that together we can craft their most memorable events. Whether teaching my friends how to set a formal table for their next dinner party including folding elaborate napkins or becoming a trusted advisor to a newly engaged couple by helping them meticulously plan the wedding of their dreams: My joy is to share my talents in making life a little bit sweeter and celebratory for all.
Follow me into wine country as we visit different vineyards and learn about wine production. Then I will take you back home and teach you how to pair the perfect wine to go along with a carefully curated menu for your home celebrations. Then recreate your adventures by following my online restaurant reviews and recommendations via VivreMaFrance at Trip Advisor.com.
You may occasionally see affiliate links included within my posts, allowing me to make a small commission from any sales coming from the blog. Please remember that I only post about vendors I trust and use myself - all opinions, reviews and recommendations are authentically my own.
So whether you are looking to find daily inspiration from la vie en rose, or you are ready to work with a trusted professional on crafting a wedding beyond your wildest dreams, I want you to join me. See the beauty of the south of France and beyond through my own eyes and experiences.
Vivre Ma France!
In December, we had the pleasure of visiting friends who now live in Malta, the smallest country in the European Union. Malta has a grand population of 515,000 Maltese, with 20% being non-Maltese Nationals. One you have visited the island nation you can easily see why – the islands are some of the most beautiful places…Lire plus
I was organizing a dinner for a client recently in Montreal, Canada, and I was shocked when I started calling restaurants to see about availability only to find out that so many of them have closed, permanently. Yes, it’s been and continues to be a very tough times for restaurants. The pandemic has wreaked havoc…Lire plus
Keeping an eye on 2022 wedding trends we know big changes are on the rise for both event structure and locations (and we’ve talked about them here and here). Today, we get to talk about one of my favorite topics -fashion! I love a good excuse to get dressed up and as a seasoned wedding…Lire plus
In part one, we looked at how a change in structure, or rethinking your event format will be one of the major callouts for event trends in 2022. Today, it’s all about location, location, location. We’re going to look at what’s hot in event spaces, and how to deck them out in style. Embracing the…Lire plus
As we move forward into 2022 there are many changes still happening in the events world, changes that are quite unique from previous years given that we are still living through a global pandemic. And while in 2020 and 2021 we saw numerous events, cancelled, delayed or reduced in size, the good news is that…Lire plus
If you’ve gone from saying “I do” to “how do I organize it?” during your wedding planning, then you’re not alone. Similar to florists, caterers, and bakers, event professionals also offer a wide variety of services geared towards weddings. The good news is, every couple can find the perfect events services tailored to them, and I’m going…Lire plus
I remember hearing about the La Rochelle in history class. The French port where many began the migration to Canada. Numerous ships left for the new world both before and after the establishment of Canada, which included my ancestors who originated from La Tessonnière & Saint-Loup Lamairé and left for Canada in 1659. La Rochelle…Lire plus
The southern part of France and the northeast part of Spain is home to a group of people known as Catalans. An estimated 8 million Catalans live in this region which includes places like Valencia, the Balearic Islands, eastern Aragon, Barcelona, Andorra, Roussillon (modern day Perpignan), and the city of Alghero in Sardinia. While the Catalan language may seem similar to…Lire plus
The Medieval citadels of Carcassonne otherwise known as La Cité, are one of the most visited places in France, on the same par as Mont Saint Michel, the mystical island city in Brittany. They both have thousands of years of history, murder, mystery and mayhem. La Cité is a fortified city located between the Pyrenees…Lire plus
This grand estate with its collection of buildings, gardens, stables and racetrack, is located just 50 km on the outskirts of Paris in northern France. Domaine de Chantilly is notably one of the jewels in the crown of France’s cultural heritage, and for good reason. It is also most commonly known as the Condé Musée…Lire plus