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 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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Paris, the City of Light

02 November 2018

Paris seemed as far away as the moon while growing up in rural Canada.  Even when I attended fashion school in Toronto, I never thought that I would ever make it to Paris, let alone become quite familiar with the city.  Paris is my most favourite city, hands down.  Why?  Because it has everything I…

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Pont du Gard, a Roman Aqueduct

14 October 2018

When living in the south of France, you are surrounded by such ancient history it is sometimes hard to fathom for a north American.  The region around Nîmes (formerly known as Nemausus in Roman times) was notably one of the busiest and prominent regions of Roman Gaul, from which still remains numerous vestiges and monuments…

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High Time for Pie Time

03 October 2018

I am the ultimate pie Queen.   Taught by my mother at an early age, I’ve been making pies for over four decades and still love the experience, both in creating and consuming pie.  Today, it’s high time for pie and I am going to share with you some of my pie hits and pie-catastrophes, as…

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Château de Fougères & Les Miserables

29 September 2018

During our first year in France, my husband had the opportunity of an interesting contract in Central Brittany (Bretagne), in Western France. We spent 4 months in this region, a large peninsula with a rocky coastline stretching from Normandy and the Loire valley into the Atlantic Ocean, home of the Celts and with a heritage,…

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What’s up Doc? 800 Years of Medicine in Montpellier

21 September 2018

The Faculty of Medicine at the University of Montpellier was established in 1220 by Pope Honorius III, and is the one of world’s oldest university and medical school still in operation.  It has some famous alumni including Nostradamus, the great astrologer and prophesier, whose book Les Propheties has not been out of print since the…

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Napkins, Welcome to the Fold

14 September 2018

I’ve spent years decorating and designing beautiful tables for dinners not just in our home, but also for grand events and galas.   A properly folded napkin can be one of the most important things on a table and a harbinger of great things to come!  Aside from the obvious reasons folded napkins help finish the…

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Toulouse, the Capital of Occitanie

30 August 2018

Toulouse lies in the heart of the south western France, just north of the Pyrenees, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.   Its other name is La Ville Rose (the pink city), named so because of the pinkish hue of the city buildings built with the pinkish terracotta bricks.    Located on the banks…

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