The Blog - 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 Gîtes 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.

Vivre ma France!

Domaine de Chantilly

01 April 2021

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…

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La Thériaque Spiritueux, South of France in a Bottle

24 March 2021

As many of you know I am a big fan of gin.  It’s been my go-to drink for years and now friends of mine are actually making and selling delicious artisanal gin with the recent launch of La Thériaque Spiritueux.  My dear friends Lana and Sunshine not only launched their product line last year (that’s…

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What Happened and What’s Next?

01 January 2021

2020 has ended. Let us all rejoice in its passing.  Annus horribilis, that’s what it was.  From a global pandemic with 85 million infected and just under 2 million dead, a complete devastation for the arts and events industry, small businesses and restaurants, Britain leaving the EU, the death of US Supreme Court Justice, Ruth…

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Baguettes, Boulangeries & the French Revolution

22 November 2020

The importance of baguettes and boulangeries in France is paramount.  It is the lifeline of the country and has been for about 300 years or so.   Today well over 30 million baguettes are sold every day in France.  La tradition, as it is called in many boulangeries, is made with a light yeast dough formed…

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Musée Fabre and Canadian Impressionism

03 November 2020

The Musée Fabre is a picturesque museum located in the southern city of Montpellier, and is having an exposition on Canadian art, titled “Canada and Impressionism: New Horizons”. I will talk specifically about the show and include photos of the art later, but first let’s talk about the museum itself. It is magnificent structure and considered a work…

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Do Tank, A Place for Creation and Inspiration

26 August 2020

Do Tank is a co-working space created in an old factory ready for your next event, corporate meeting or new co-working office location. The beautifully decorated space is huge and separated into two floors plus more private spaces in the mezzanine. Based on the expression “Think Tank”, where ideas come together, “Do Tank” builds on…

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The Beauty of Île de Batz

16 August 2020

Île de Batz is an enchanting little island located a quick 15 minutes boat-ride from the port of Roscoff, on the northern coast of Finistère in Brittany, in western France.  It is where we recently had the pleasure of visiting our aunt and uncle who own a lovely house with sea view.   We spent the…

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7 Things You Did Not Know About Château de Menthon St. Bernard

22 July 2020

I am always on the hunt for new and exciting properties for my clients and I recently had the pleasure of visiting a medieval chateau located just a few miles outside of the Pearl of the Alps, called Chateau de Menthon St. Bernard.  The chateau sits high on a perch overlooking Lac Annecy, where it…

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Orchids, The Affordable Luxury Plant

03 July 2020

As you all know, I am a flower guy. I love filling my home with plants and flowers and one of my favourites are orchids, a luxury item since ancient times and now (thankfully) readily accessible to many.  There are over 28,000 different kinds of orchids in the world and they can be found on…

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Serendipity, L’art de l’accident

14 May 2020

Serendipity is the “occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way”. As in I had a fortunate stroke of serendipity. This mysterious word was first coined in the 18th century by English writer Horace Walpol, in a personal letter to friends. Walpole was inspired by a fairy tale called The…

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