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Happy New Year Everyone!

Wouldn’t we all love to see a return to days like this! Full of fun, harmony and respect for one another?

*(This photo is of Alison Browne of mentioned at the bottom of this post.)


Well, 2021 is certainly off to a rocky start, so all the more important

to remind ourselves what matters,

and keep our dreams alive

because things WILL get better.



My passion for Paris has not dwindled,

and I will be resuming my regular weekly blogs,

but today I am officially launching

my New Membership Club!


The Virtual Adventures Club

AS A MEMBER of the Virtual Adventures Club,  you meet women, up close and personal, who have written best-selling books, are international influencers, renowned chefs, prominent wine experts, travel specialists, musicians, artists, or crafts persons.

Explore with me their stories, and take a deep dive into why France, and especially Paris holds them and so many of us in a state of rapture.



Option #1 Annual Membership ($135.00 CAD)

Click HERE to Purchase.

This includes the following:

SEVEN Exclusive LIVE Interviews (Annually)
(See below for list) Showcasing women with Star Power doing extraordinary and inspiring things in Paris and France, Note: There is a Giveaway Gift Draw at the end of every interview.

As a member, you are also eligible for:

  • Four Additional Giveaway Draws (in March, June, September and November) for luxury gifts such as French Perfume, Paris-themed Services, Beauty and Fashion Accessories and my personally designed Paris Gift Box.
  • Exclusive Product and Service Offerings and Discounts
  • Optional 30-minute One-on-One Chat with me to plan and/or discuss a trip, provide introductions and contacts, or help with any other subject where I have expertise from blogging to branding to writing a memoir.  Or just to get acquainted on a more personal level.

Option #2 Purchase Individual Interviews Only for $22.50 CAD each.

See list below to make your selections.



Full Individual Interview List for 2021


Waking Up In Paris

($22.50 CAD) Click HERE to Purchase

Tuesday, February 9th,

12:30 EST/9:30 am Pacific/6:30 pm Paris/5;30 London  

Internationally renowned Sonia Choquette is an intuitive guide, spiritual thought leader has a doctorate in metaphysics, and is a best-selling author with 28 books including Waking Up in Paris, her personal memoir about picking up and moving to Paris to embrace a whole new chapter of her life.

Sonia rarely does personal interviews, so don’t miss this one!
Check out Sonia on her website,

and on Instagram (51K followers) at #soniachoquette



Buying A Château In France

($22.50 CAD) Click HERE to Purchase

Tuesday, March 9th 2021

12:30 EST/9:30 am Pacific/6:30 pm Paris/5;30 London  

Australian Jane Webster is a poster woman for selling up and following her dreams. In 2005, she purchased and renovated the 72-room Château Bosgouet, a stunning château in the style of Napoleon III in Normandy. Jane will take us on a tour of the château and share her story. And yes, tell us about her residency program where you can book long term stays at the château.

Jane is also the author of At My French Table and French House Chic.

Check her out on her website

And on Instagram at #janewebsterthefrenchtable (26K followers)



Travelling Solo in France as a Woman of a Certain Age

($22.50 CAD) Click HERE to Purchase

Tuesday, April  6th, 2021

12:30 EST/9:30 am Pacific/6:30 pm Paris/5;30 London  

Gail Thorell Schilling, author of Do Not Go Gentle, Go to Paris shares her story about taking a trip that she postponed for 40 years, to travel on her own all over France.

The dynamics of travelling solo held special challenges, as well as exciting opportunities, that Gail says she might not have experienced otherwise. It also helped her re-frame “aging” and the power of being a Woman of a Certain Age!



The House that Julia Child Built

($22.50 CAD) Click HERE To Purchase 

Saturday, May  8th, 2021

12:30 EST/9:30 am Pacific/6:30 pm Paris/5;30 London  

Step inside the charming cottage in Provence (La Peetch) that became the summer home for iconic American chef Julia Child while she co-wrote her celebrated Mastering The Art of French Cooking.  

McKenna Held, also a chef, bought the house in 2015, and now runs it as a vacation retreat, a wedding venue, and keeping with its roots, The Courageous Cooking™ School.  In fact, McKenna has kept Julia’s kitchen pretty much the same as it was.

Check out La Peetch at



How to Retire to Provence

($22.50 CAD) Click HERE to Purchase

Tuesday, September 14th 2021

12:30 EST/9:30 am Pacific/6:30 pm Paris/5;30 London  

Gayle Smith Padgett, a native of Washington state and author of Passion For Provence, will relate with her witty candour and humour, how moving to France was an unlikely choice for an American who studied Spanish and Latin American Studies, lived in Mexico and South America and worked in Germany for half her career.

Yet it happened and now she and her husband Ralph have happily settled into the charming town of Saint-Remy-de-Provence.

Follow Gayle on her website at



The New Parisienne 

($22.50 CAD) Click HERE to Purchase

Tuesday, October 12th 2021

12:30 EST/9:30 am Pacific/6:30 pm Paris/5;30 London  

Taking on a deeply entrenched French cliché, Lindsey Tramuta‘s new book The New Parisienne is getting a lot of attention as it focuses on one of the city’s most prominent features, its women.

Lifting the veil on the mythologized Parisian woman—white, lithe, ever-fashionable—in this interview, Lindsey demystifies this oversimplified archetype and recasts the women of Paris as they truly are, in all their complexity.

Check out Lindsey on her website at

And on Instagram #lostincheeseland (94 K followers)



House Sitting in France and Beyond

($22.50 CAD) Click HERE to Purchase

Tuesday, November 9th 2021

12:30 EST/9:30 am Pacific/6:30 pm Paris/5;30 London  

Alison Browne, who calls herself a modern-day nomad, has found all sorts of creative ways to travel through France and other parts of the world. One is house sitting where she has ended up in dreamy family homes taking care of everything from cats and dogs, to two chickens (Clara and Fluffy) and three donkeys (no names provided!)

Alison who now lives in Paris will take us on a tour of these adventures, house sitting in France and other parts of the world.

Check out Alison’s website at Dreamer at 

*Note: some substitutes may apply due to unforeseen circumstances

All of this information is ALSO now posted on my



Any Book promoted on this blog is available on my BOOK CLUB Page.

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  1. Gretchen Greene O'Brien on January 10, 2021 at 8:13 am

    What an fascinating line-up of women with interesting stories to tell your readers!

  2. Shardie Stevenson on January 10, 2021 at 9:51 am

    Thank you Diana for offering us this virtual adventure….a way to travel to France and Paris without taking a plane! Of course I have purchased the annual membership because I don’t want to miss a minute of your interviews! Your guests are amazing women and with your interviewing skills and personality , each will be such a treat! ❤️

  3. Luci on January 17, 2021 at 1:16 pm

    Really looking forward to each of them. For #1 i have purchased the series do i need to do anything more? Do u send out the zoom links automatically for each interview?

    • Diana Bishop on January 17, 2021 at 1:23 pm

      Hi Luci– thank you so much for joining. No, as an annual member you are already subscribed to all the interviews. This is just for people who want to buy them individually! Thanks so much for the comment. Diana

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