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!
Continuing my series on the best wedding venues in the Occitanie region, my next fabulous place is Domaine de Verchant. Located just on the outskirts of Montpellier, Domaine de Verchant is a Hotel, a Spa, a Winery and an event space for milestone events like weddings or anniversaries. In 1582, Pierre Verchant was given an…Lire plus
The sight of anything citrus puts me in a good mood. A bright lemon yellow kitchen, an enticing bowl of oranges or a gorgeous lime topiary in a French jardin. It all makes me smile. I have fond memories of eating deliciously sweet and fragrant mandarins during the holidays. On winter mornings, in my youth,…Lire plus
The smell of the beach naturally soothes many of us. It’s been proven in studies that show it relieves stress and relaxes the mind. It is also one of the reasons we moved to Montpellier. Indeed with over 300+ days of sunshine, the beaches here are huge draws in the area. The beach is only…Lire plus
Recently we were able to fulfill a lifelong dream of my husband of visiting a Scandinavian country, which he had decided to do for his 50th birthday. He had the good fortune of flying to Paris, when he discovered that his seatmates were a lovely couple from Norway. This country has always been on our…Lire plus
Like many French cities, Montpellier has a treasure trove of wine bars and these places go hand in hand with the aperitif. Aptly known as apéro, is an evening custom here that blends friends, food and beverages. It is a pillar of French food, culture and society and in many cases takes place in a…Lire plus
I did it. I climbed a mountain. Yes, me! Who knew I could? I never thought I would and wasn’t truly interested until a good friend, Mimi, visiting from Switzerland insisted we go for a hike. I’ve never hiked anywhere. I’ve walked to places, strolled in towns, jogged or biked for sport, but never once…Lire plus
When you arrive in Nîmes, it feels like you are stepping back in time, one that is rich with history and includes Celtic Volcae, Romans, Muslims, Protestant Huguenots and Kings of France. It was built along the Via Domitia, the first Roman road, which reached from Italy to southern France and into Spain. We recently…Lire plus
“The world is my oyster”, has been one of my favourite mantras for my entire life. Funny though, I hated the idea of eating them and now I cannot eat them enough. I love oysters and mussels. One only need read any of my French restaurant reviews to see how many times I order oysters. …Lire plus
Nestled away in southeastern France, Annecy is called the “Pearl of the Alps” and is located on the northern tip of picturesque Lake Annecy surrounded by the snow-covered Alps. We recently travelled to Annecy to celebrate a friend’s 50th birthday party, which was held in a chalet in this majestic area and were blown away…Lire plus
Another little family weekend trip turned out to be a discovery of a new town and region in Occitanie. Located far from our beaches, nestled in the mountains, we reached Castres, aka the little Venice of Occitanie, known throughout the country for its rugby team and its pharmaceutical and cosmetics manufacturing. So, after 2 hours…Lire plus