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Despite the turmoil in and surrounding Ukraine, and with donations and loving support for the extensive victims of the conflict, hoping for the best, we go on living our lives…


In my case, I am heading back to France for a trip with my closest friend.


We were supposed to go in April of 2020 when COVID scuppered our plans— it includes 10 days in Paris and two weeks in  Cannes exploring the Riviera.



The Martinez Hotel on La Croisette Boulevard in Cannes/Home Exchange to Cannes


View of the Mediterranean from Cannes!


It was a trip where I also planned to try out a couple of home exchanges.


There are a number of sites that offer this experience and the formula is a simple one.


You sign up with a detailed description of your home, along with places that you might like to visit.


You can contact others or they contact you.  You have the option of doing a reciprocal or non-reciprocal house swap.


I did the later a few years ago.  I hosted a French couple, Astrid and Yves.


They came to my home on Georgian Bay in Ontario in the summer of 2019 while I was travelling at the same time elsewhere.



My dear new friends Astrid and Yves. They live in the Alsace Lorraine part of France but have a vacation property in Cannes!


We have kept in touch and now I will be staying in their lovely apartment (their secondary residence) in Cannes.


Cannes!  On the Riviera! I cannot wait.


View from the apartment balcony with a view the hotel Martinez!


Hills surrounding Cannes!


In Paris, I have found a spacious apartment (1000 sq feet) in the 17th owned by a family that will visit my home in Canada this coming summer.



Paris apartment in the 17th arrondissement, west of the city centre.


Looks spacious with lots of light! Very rare in Paris!


With the home exchange, one makes new friends while economizing on travel costs as no money exchanges hands.


There is also a mutual understanding that because you are visiting each other’s homes,  you will take care great care of each other’s property.


I will be certainly writing about our experience in the coming weeks!


*All Cannes photos courtesy of Astrid and Yves.

*All Paris photos courtesy of Yael Huberty



My First 2022 Giveaway Draw For Annual Members


If you are an annual member of my subscription series WOMEN OF GLOBAL INTEREST, you are eligible 4 times a year for a special Giveaway Draw for something really yummy!


Sometimes it IS a cooking class, but I have also given away French gift boxes, French perfume, silk scarves, champagne webinars, etc.


This first one for 2022 is something really special.


If you remember from a previous blog, I discovered that I was wearing the wrong bra size … for years.


Thanks to my dear friend, Kathryn (Kate) Kemp-Griffing, author of the informative and witty book, Paris Undressed, that has all changed for the better!

*Click here to see that Blog Post


Bra Fitting Session and A Book


So for this first draw, I have personally purchased for one lucky winner a “Bra Fitting  Session” with Kate which she does online.


Yes, this is something that easily can be done virtually without any embarrassment.


With this session, I am also giving away a copy of Kate’s book below.


Honestly, this session is really fun and very very informative!




Kate Kemp-Griffin featured during her online one-on-one bra fitting.

To Qualify, Please Email Me

This is a little more personal an offer than some of my others, so if you are interested in this Draw, you must be an annual member and please email at


I will announce the winner in the next blog post.


Bonne Chance!





Paris Undressed: Giving Away Her Book Too!

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  1. Luci Rizzo on March 13, 2022 at 9:33 am

    I have always lived the idea of home exchange w like minded people. I am aware of the existence of platforms online you can join and have friends who have done it so far a couple of times. I am very interested to hear how it goes. Diana, Have a great time!!!😊

    • Diana Bishop on March 14, 2022 at 1:12 pm

      I will keep you posted Luci! Thanks for the comment. Diana

  2. Marita Sakote on March 13, 2022 at 10:38 am

    Bravo, Diana
    tu te débrouilles vraiment très bien. Profites bien de ton nouveau séjour en France dans tes résidences respectives.
    PARTAGER… le voyage du futur!

    • Diana Bishop on March 14, 2022 at 1:12 pm

      Merci Marita!

  3. Trudy Van Buskirk on March 13, 2022 at 4:34 pm

    Christine Camm is doing her “Immersive Homestays” since February and she tells me they’re going swimmingly! Enjoy your home exchanges – I look forward to hearing about your time in Cannes 🙂

    • Diana Bishop on March 14, 2022 at 1:12 pm

      Hi Trudy — Homestays are not quite the same as Home exchanges but I know Christine is such a fabulous host for people who want to stay at her home in France!

  4. Shardie Stevenson on March 13, 2022 at 5:06 pm

    I am so excited to finally be going back to Paris with you my BFF! And using the home exchange for our accommodation has made this such an affordable trip! We can spend our euros on day trips from Cannes to Grasse , Monaco etc and croissants and steak frites instead! Tres tres bien! ❤️❤️❤️🇫🇷 🇫🇷 🇫🇷

    • Diana Bishop on March 14, 2022 at 1:10 pm


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