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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! In fact, I was so taken with Janice’s story that I contacted her before I made a trip to Paris to tell her so.  She had by then moved back to North America.

My Janice MacLeod Pilgrimmage

I took a full day in Paris and traced the events of Janice’s life there. I meandered down the street, rue Mouffetard, where she lived, visiting the butcher shop where she met the love of her life, and had lunch at the restaurant where they got married.

This enthralling true story has all the elements of a fascinating read — providing a stunning snapshot of daily life in Paris, a most unusual love story, along with an unexpected but very creative personal reinvention —  all of which takes place on one wonderful Paris street.



Paris Letters by Janice MacLeod

Here is how Amazon describes Janice’s story:

“How much money does it take to quit your job?”

“Exhausted and on the verge of burnout, Janice poses this question to herself as she doodles on a notepad at her desk as a copy editor in California. Surprisingly, the answer isn’t as daunting as she expected. With a little math and a lot of determination, Janice cuts back, saves up, and buys herself two years of freedom in Europe.”

“A few days into her stop in Paris, Janice meets Christophe, the cute butcher down the street-who doesn’t speak English. And Janice does not speak French!”


Christophe steals a kiss with Janice from his spot at the butcher shop on rue Mouffetard!


“Through a combination of sign language and “franglais”, they embark on a whirlwind Paris romance. She soon realizes that she can never return to the world of twelve-hour workdays and greasy corporate lingo. But her dwindling savings force her to find a way to fund her dreams again. (This part is super cool!) So Janice turns to her three loves-words, art, and Christophe-to figure out a way to make her happily-ever-after in Paris last forever.”



Take it from me — you will love this enchanting tale!

And I must send Janice a personal thank you.

Her story inspired me to start this blog!

When you read the book, you will find out why.  Just click on this link to buy it! On sale now too.

Buy Paris Letters by Janice MacLeod


Janice has published a second book which I also loved —

a day-to-day look at her adventures in the most beautiful city in the world.

It’s called A Paris Year

And hey let me know — have you ever found or enjoyed romance in Paris?

Three Week Hiatus — Back on August 24th

Dear Readers — It is has almost been a year since I started this wonderful journey. I want to thank all of you for being part of it and supporting me by following, reading, commenting and taking part in my Free Giveaway Draws.

I will be taking a Three-Week Break now. I am doing so in order to plan out content for the next year, update the technology for this site and incorporate some affiliate marketing tools which will allow me to partner with certain providers and brands.

This way I will be able to bring quality products aligned with the Woman Of A Certain Age In Paris brand.

Do you have any ideas or suggestions for me of products that you would like me to sell on this blog?  Please comment below.

I will be back on August 24th to begin another season of stories about Paris, and all things French! Enjoy until then,

Diana — Your Woman of a Certain Age in Paris!


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  1. Kelly on July 28, 2019 at 8:05 am

    Loved Paris Letters too! It was my recommendation for our book club last year. Everyone enjoyed it and it brought up fascinating stories from the members of exciting travel experiences and love in foreign lands. Of course we enjoyed French pastries with our discussion. Have a nice hiatus!

    • Diana Bishop on July 29, 2019 at 11:32 am

      I am so glad you read it! I am in touch with the author and hoping she writes us another book on Paris. Please share my blog with your friends so they can read Janice’s story too!

  2. Christine Kowal on July 28, 2019 at 8:13 am

    Will be sad and missing Women of A Certain Age in Paris. But excited for your return.

    Love and Light
    Christine Koval and The Animals

    • Diana Bishop on July 29, 2019 at 11:31 am

      Hi Christine– thank you for missing the blog! Three weeks will pass by quickly! I look forward to starting another year however. It will be so much fun. Thanks for the comment. Diana

  3. Twink on July 28, 2019 at 8:42 am

    How about websites of places to stay based on a modest budget so one could stay in Paris or France for a longer than a week. What time of year is the best to stay in Paris?
    How to navigate around blog such as the subway system and walking. Blog about Day trips and book stores.
    How about garden and painting locations.
    And a map of toilets.
    Xxoo twink

    • Diana Bishop on July 29, 2019 at 11:30 am

      Thank you Twink.. and yes those are things I am going to be investigating in the next few months in Paris. Thank you for suggesting them.

      I am also looking for items that my readers would like to purchase as part of their love or travel to Paris – like great scarves, bags, suitcases, traveling clothes etc…I am well into my research on skin care and will update everyone soon. Thank you for you input as always. Diana

  4. Lea Greenwood on July 28, 2019 at 9:08 am

    Oh, I had a fleeting moment of love when I lived in Paris. It was quite special, not so much the relationship itself, but feeling the emotion of love in the city of love. I can’t really picture the face of the fellow, but I do remember the pounding of the heart, the sounds of music, the smells is the city, and all the beautiful lights at night.

    • Diana Bishop on July 29, 2019 at 11:27 am

      So fun that you can’t remember what he looked like but we always remember how we felt! Love it. Thanks Lea!

  5. Shardie Stevenson on July 28, 2019 at 9:14 am

    Love …….What an appropriate topic ,( whether in Paris or anywhere ), for today , your God daughter , Lauren’s , 7th wedding anniversary ! ?

    Mais oui, I loved Paris Letters , your recommendation! As well as a beautiful love story It was a snapshot into everyday life in Paris which I found so fascinating!!

    Ideas for your blog next year ;
    Best little places to listen to live music; jazz, blues, etc.
    Best outdoor markets in the city …. the one in Le Marais was spectacular

    Very excited

    • Diana Bishop on July 29, 2019 at 11:26 am

      Shardie — thanks for the comment. 7 years since Lauren got married.. hard to fathom. It was one heck of a great wedding.

      Yes, music… I still have so much to discover about that in Paris. Perhaps you could become a guest blogger on that one for me! Diana

  6. Tamara on July 29, 2019 at 11:52 am

    Love is such a beautiful and enchanting topic. Of course I am wanting to get my hands on this book …already inspired. I will be looking for it for sure. Have a great three weeks and congrats on your one year of amazing blogging. I can’t wait to see what’s next. A big fan -Tamara. Enjoy your summer Diana.

    • Diana Bishop on July 31, 2019 at 10:30 am

      You will love it! Just click through on the hyperlink to buy it. On sale right now!

  7. Diana Bishop on July 31, 2019 at 10:29 am

    Lynda HI, Yes, Janice and Christophe moved to back to Canada and are living out West in the Rocky mountains! They have a beautiful daughter now too! I love watching her journey and await her next book! Thanks for the comment Lynda. Love hearing from you! Diana

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