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!

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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The Beautiful Art of Découpage

22 April 2020

Decoupage is the process of layering paper to make art and can be done on any surface: wood, metallic, cardboard, mirrors, anything almost.  Mostly it is a small item like a box or a piece of furniture covered by cutouts from magazines, from wallpaper or from printed images.  Each layer is sealed with varnishes (often…

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What to do when Quarantined at Home

19 April 2020

In these times of being in quarantine, it is important to do things that bring you joy and calm.   Everyone can have added joy in their lives right now, you just need to create it. Many of us have been in quarantine for a month, and for sure we’re all a bit Netflix-ed out by…

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The Colour Orange

11 April 2020

Love it or hate, this flamboyant colour can lift your spirits and make you instantly feel happy and alive, something many of us need right now in the time of the Covid-19 virus.   Orange is definitively powerful, which is why people have such clear reactions to it. I personally adore the colour orange. I love…

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