Get Out Your Pearls!

  Being at home, I have started going through my closets, and other nooks and crannies, with the intention of doing a little spring cleaning.   However, it’s easy to get side-tracked, stumbling and stalling over something that I have not seen or looked at in years.   When Shardie, my BF, suggested that I…

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My Postcard To Paris

  Hello all — First of all, I pray that you and your families are well and safe wherever you are. Like me, I am sure that you cannot begin to digest or absorb all that has transpired in the last few weeks. I am trying to process our world unnerved, where there is so…

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Wine Tasting at the Château Nitray

  Are there still counts in France? Yes indeed. As part of a Loire Valley Château tour, I paid a visit to the stunning Château de Nitray built in the 16th century. This where I met my first count | Monsieur le comte.     The Count de Nitray Despite the French revolution, nobility still…

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Finding La Provence in Hawaii!

  Even a girl who loves Paris needs a vacation in the sun once in a while,  and this year  I went to visit my cousin Maggie who lives on Maui. It’s a long way away so the last thing I expected to find there was a little bit of France. Most tourists don’t know…

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Paris Writing Retreats

  Can you see yourself sitting at this outdoor café in Paris? A  frothy coffee at the ready, pen in hand, finally starting something you have only dreamed about? “Nowhere in the world is someone more inspired to write or become a writer than in Paris,” says my new friend Gabrielle Luthy. Gabrielle has started…

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My Travel Insurance Checkup!

  “Diana, do you actually know what you are paying for?” That was the first question that Stacey Aarssen asked me. Stacey is a financial planner who specializes in educating people about the ins and outs of travel insurance. Personally, I have a travel insurance policy that provides annual coverage. It was very reasonable considering I…

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Peg’s Paris Cooking Class

  The Menu   Asperges avec Comte, Coriandre et Baies Roses Asparagus with Coriander, Pink Berries and a slice of Comte cheese     La Morue avec sauce Noilly Pratt  Cod with Noilly Pratt Sauce Carottes glacées | Glazed Carrots       Fondant au chocolat Disgustingly good molten chocolate cake     My good…

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French Perfume

  “Women in France don’t just love fragrance; they can’t imagine living without it.”   As I walk down the street in Paris, I notice that people smell nice. Not in a heavy or sickeningly sweet or disruptive sort of way, but just a light, seductively fresh and uncomplicated way. So much so that a…

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Small Museums

  Another great thing about Paris?   You are never very far from magnificent soul-enriching art.   Or a haunted house.       Right around the corner from the apartment I rented, no more than 30 metres away at 14 rue de la Rochefoucaut is an elegant three-story gray stone house.     You…

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French School

    If you have a week or more in Paris, you might consider building it around French language classes. A language-focused holiday is fantastic fun and some of the best vacations I have ever had! Not only does it enhance your visit, but you meet wonderful people and get into discussions you might not…

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