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

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!

The World of French Cheeses

27 January 2019

I have to admit that at one time I hated cheese.  But time does have a way of changing things and tastes and so naturally, when I married a Frenchman my taste for cheese improved greatly as it was front and centre in my daily life. You know, the French are considered to be the…

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Les Folies Montpelliéraines

19 January 2019

Each French region or city has its historical monuments and landmarks. When visiting a French family, they’ll likely take you out for a walk to their local wonders. Montpellier’s downtown and surroundings have a lot to offer from the Roman era to modern architecture, but the “folies” are quite specific to Montpellier. When first visiting…

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The Price of Art 1.0

12 January 2019

Everyone is nervous about paying for art.   Its very subjective and so attributing a price to it may be quite difficult.  Of course, one’s own budget must also be taken into consideration, as it makes no sense to buy something you cannot afford.  To broach the subject, I’ve drawn up a few parameters to help…

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Leo’s List of Restaurants for 2019

04 January 2019

As an event planner and foodie, I have spent three decades planning cocktails, parties and dinners and I can tell you that there are four basic elements that need to be aligned in order to have a great dinner in a restaurant.  The space needs to have a nice flow and make one feel comfortable. Many…

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A New Year: Looking Forward

30 December 2018

It can be daunting tying big life changes to a specific date, like the 1st of January, but no doubt, there is a huge burst of energy available around the New Year to support you in making and keeping new habits and changes in place.  “With the new day comes new strengths and new thoughts’,…

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A French Christmas

23 December 2018

Christmas time in France is quite spectacular and is indeed the biggest celebration time of the year.  While other countries have their traditional Christmas meals and foods, their importance often seems on the same level as things like carols, films, decorations, and so on.  But in France, family and food are what seems to make the…

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The Gift of Giving

02 December 2018

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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The House of Maille

25 November 2018

Ask any cook what is the one condiment that they always use, and most will say mustard.  In my adopted country of France, that would be Dijon mustard. Made from the seeds of the mustard plant, they can be mixed with creams, wines, vinegars and even water to create sweet and spicy little concoctions that…

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Domaine Montrose, the Rosé Specialists

18 November 2018

Domaine Montrose is a beautiful vineyard near the Mediterranean run by father and son Bernard and Olivier Coste.  Situated in Côtes de Thongue, a small region in Southern France near our home in Montpellier, they are experts in focusing on what is important in life: family and friends, sharing and life’s pleasures. During harvest season…

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Dressing to Impress: 20 Things Every Man Should Have in Their Wardrobe

11 November 2018

The reality of the world that we live in is that we are all judged by how we look.  You really do only have one chance at making a first impression, so why not insure that that is a positive one?  So let’s talk about  dressing well and putting together a cohesive and clean look.…

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