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!


17 February 2019

Chocolate remains incredibly popular in France where the average person eats 7kg each year and chocolatiers in France are a highly trained and valued profession. The world’s oldest person, French citizen Jeanne Louise Calment, lived to the age of 122 and proudly ate two and a half pounds of dark chocolate per week.  In Paris, you…

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Brunching in Montpellier

09 February 2019

One of the beautiful things about living in Montpellier is that the city is filled with terraces and there is nothing that I like better, than eating al fresco, especially for brunch.  The portmanteau of breakfast and lunch is not always widely available in a French city.  It takes place at the same time as…

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Your Fairytale Wedding at Château de Flaugergues

03 February 2019

Over the next year, I am going to present, what I think are some of the best wedding venues in the Montpellier area.  The first one is a very special place called Château de Flaugergues, originally built as a beautiful country home located outside of the city centre, it is now an excellent place to…

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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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