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  Do you remember the first time that you spritzed some Chanel N°5?   As a teen (probably casually dressed in an unattractive pair of madras shorts and a t-shirt) I snuck up to the perfume counter at one of our well-known department stores.   Patiently waiting for the salesgirl to be busy elsewhere with…

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  At Woman of A Certain Age in Paris, we have a little infrastructure, architecture,  and re-branding work to do this week!   But I will back next week and the following weeks with some great new blog material!   Best for now,  Diana   PS Ok, full disclosure, I am also sneaking off to…

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  Book Winner for The Best Story!   Last week, I launched a snap contest for a favourite book about living in France called My Good Life France; In Pursuit of The Rural Dream by Janine Marsh.     Janine was my guest contributor in last week’s blog and has kindly commented to thank everyone for sending…

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  Note: Book Giveaway Challenge at the end of this blog.  Don’t miss it!   You all follow me and my blog, and I am so grateful.  I hope it gives you pleasure.   But now I am going to tell you who I faithfully follow for inspiration!   One of my favourites is Janine…

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Restore a Piece of Notre-Dame Cathedral!   The devastating 2019 fire to Notre Dame brought down the cathedral’s towering spire and roof damaging much of its priceless heritage and history.   Since then, billions of dollars have been pledged by individuals and reputable charities to begin to rebuild the structure.   One of those is…

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  Paris is always a good idea!  Audrey Hepburn May 4th, 1929 – January 20th, 1993     As a  young girl, I fell in love with Paris, in part, well in large part, because of Audrey Hepburn.   To me, everything that I imagined Paris to represent,  I felt was embodied by this film…

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I will come right out with it.   I don’t think I am the same person that I was when this pandemic started.   Not diminishing in the least how lucky I am to be well when so many have suffered and  paid the ultimate sacrifice, there were many moments in the past year when…

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TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES: Note: I do apologize for the technical issues that I have been having with the distribution of my blog in the last few weeks.  We are sorting things out but I didn’t want any of you to miss these last few blogs, so I will be publishing them again.  For those of you…

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    No chef may be as beloved as Julia Child, who after discovering a passion for France and food, co-wrote Mastering the Art of French Cooking, which brought French cuisine to the mainstream American cook.   Julia did much of the work on the recipes at the vacation home that she and her husband…

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Since I started this blog, I have made many new friends around the world, and one of them I found on Instagram under the name #StephenCooksFrench. Even though I have never met Stephen, or know what he looks like, (he prefers to stay anonymous!), he has become a part of my Francophile family and I…

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