Meet My Landlady

I want to introduce you to my favourite landlady — ever. This is  Mme. Dominque Carrez who very kindly rented her lovely Paris apartment to me in September.     Under French law, homeowners in certain districts of Paris can rent their residence for no more than 120 days a year, and so Dominique rents…

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The Little Marais Market

A few years ago, I found  myself dancing up a storm in what is known as the “little Marais market” in Paris. It was a day in June when Paris holds its annual “Fête de la Musique”, or “Make Music Day.” On this day, music of all kinds invades the city’s local neighbourhoods and streets.…

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Le Lunch

A Friday. In September. In Paris. The morning has been a bit cool, but by noon, the warmth of the sun beckons those winding down from a busy week to search for an inviting outdoor “resto” to partake in “le dejeuner”| lunch. I am embarking the following week in some French courses (which I take…

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Finding Love In Paris! Part Three

Falling in love with a Parisian is beyond romantic, but what happens afterwards, when you realize you are no longer a tourist but a resident of this impossible but also impossibly beautiful city? This is the delightful twist on a travel memoir called Almost French by Sarah Turnbull.     Sarah is an adventurous and…

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The Paris Métro

Taking the Paris Métro was daunting the first few times. Ok, maybe even the first 10 times. Well, actually sometimes it still terrifies me. And I am not sure exactly what I am afraid of. It is super organized and fast. But yes, also not without its complications.   The Paris Métro The Paris Métro is not the…

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Finding Love In Paris! Part Two

As promised here is the second of the three Paris Memoirs that I highly recommend as delightful reading. This one reminds me why I love lunch! It is by Elizabeth Bard, another one of my favourite authors living in France, and is called Lunch in Paris. It’s a love story where she had me with…

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Winners of the Summer Giveaway: Announcing my Fall Giveaway!

For me, the best part of my Giveaway Draws is I get to know my subscribers.   Summer Giveaway Winner This is Luci Rizzo from Toronto, Canada. She won my Summer GIVEAWAY Draw for the Bottle of Chanel No. 5 Perfume. Congratulations again Luci. Luci and her husband, Marc de Bellefeuille (He is French Canadian),…

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My Top Three Things To Do In Paris This Fall!

Hello all — Welcome back dear readers! I hope you have had a wonderful summer (or winter if you are my cherished readers from Down Under). Are you ready for an exciting fall season reading my blog and perhaps traveling to Paris! I am always looking for fun new things to experience in Paris and…

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Finding Love In Paris! Part One

No, I am not talking about me. Not yet anyway! But I am a sucker for a love story, especially for one where someone did find true love in Paris. Here is a book I highly recommend.  New York Times bestseller Paris Letters by Janice MacLeod. Honestly, this is one of my favourite books ever!…

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La Salade Niçoise: Diana’s Test Kitchen French Recipe #3

“It must be the finest summer salad of all.”  Chef Gordon Ramsay     It was in Nice where this salad originated, that I had my first “salade niçoise”. That was more than 40 years ago but I still remember that it was was lunchtime and I was dining with a friend in a restaurant facing…

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