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!

A Southern France Garden Wedding

08 February 2020

Nestled just outside of the southern French city of Montpellier, is Gîtes les Coquilloux, a family owned and operated villa, situated in a beautiful Mediterranean garden, with a huge swimming pool, and the Pic St Loup and the Cévennes mountains in the background.  It was the perfect setting for my first wedding in France, which…

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A Winter Wedding in the Old Port of Montréal

03 February 2020

I recently had the pleasure of working with two young and wonderful clients from my adopted home of Montreal. These clients were based in Australia and so I began working with them via video for a year leading up to the wedding. We all know how stressful planning an event can be, just think back…

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Le Louvre

15 January 2020

The Louvre Palace is a former royal palace located on the Right Bank of the Seine in Paris, in the 1st arrondissement. Le Louvre is the world’s largest and renown museum, welcoming over 10 million visitors a year, or 15000 per day. An interesting point is that seventy percent of those visitors travelled from another country to see it.…

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The Gift of Giving

04 December 2019

Giving gifts is a complex and key part of human socializing. It helps to define our relationships and strengthen bonds with family and friends. We are social creatures, living in groups, sharing and taking care of each other.   To many, the most pleasurable thing you can do is to give a gift to someone you…

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Holiday Baking Treats

02 December 2019

I love baking cookies, squares and pies and so for me, many Holiday Season desserts have a no-guilt feel as you devour them. And one needs to be prepared for this guilt free season and you can be with just a few little suggestions on how to make all of those delicious bites of heaven.…

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Red Wine Saves Lives

24 November 2019

While the title of my blog is somewhat tongue-in-cheek, the reality is that red wine is healthy because it is made from grapes, which are filled with natural resveratrol and antioxidants.  Both are great for your body and skin, but also encourage cell growth, improvement of your heart health and may help prevent coronary artery…

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Hunting for Wild Mushrooms

15 November 2019

Wild mushrooms, otherwise known in French as champignon sauvages have been collected for well over 10,000 years in Europe.   One of many splendid things about France is the abundance of mushrooms in the wild.  Autumn is the best season to pick mushrooms but you can find various types of mushrooms any time between April and…

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Château de Versailles

25 October 2019

Recently, I had the pleasure to tour Château de Versailles with a dear friend, Kirsti who was visiting from Canada.   We had a superb time and discovered that the history of the Palace of Versailles is not as old as some of the other royal palaces, but it definitely has lots of drama.   It was…

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Soups On!

20 October 2019

Is a well-known expression that means dinner is on the table ready to eat, and while it might not be such a catchy saying anymore, soup remains a favourite at the table.   A lot of my favourite recipes are actually for soup.  Mostly because it doesn’t take a diploma in cooking to make soup and it…

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Le Corbusier: On the Hunt for Art & Architecture

30 September 2019

Four years ago on a visit to France with good friends, we set out on a trek to find works of famed modernist architect and painter, Le Corbusier. We had an exciting time looking for his buildings and discovering the art behind one of the most important architects of the 20th century, and we even…

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