What A Croque! Diana’s French Recipe Test Kitchen #1

It is said that the Croque monsieur was invented by mistake. It was discovered in the early 20thcentury when French factory workers left their ham and cheese sandwiches on hot radiators while they worked and returned to discover a delightfully melted combination when it came time for lunch. By 1910 the Croque monsieur (from the…

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French Lessons with Christine

 I first saw Christine Camm on Instagram and knew that I had to know her story. Christine is originally from Sheffield, England. She was a French teacher for over 30 years until she decided to follow her dream and move to the south of France. (My dream too!!!) Christine and her husband Mark (along with their…

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Serendipity Over Lunch In Paris: Part 2

Last week, I started to tell you about Frederique (Fred)  and her small French bistro in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area of Paris, which is right around the corner from the larger better known establishments such as Les Deux Magotsand Café Flore.     Bistro owner Fred was telling me how she re-invented herself as a chef at…

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A Chef named Fred: Part 1

It was lunchtime in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area of Paris, and I was looking for somewhere to eat away from the usual tourist traps. I turned down a quiet street and saw an unassuming bistro, and walked into an intimate setting, no more than about 15 tables, many of them adorned with vases of pink hydrangeas that suggested…

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Tea at Le George V

When in Paris, make sure you visit a luxury hotel.  Even if  you cannot afford to stay there, most of the world’s most beautiful hotels are open to anyone who just wants to walk in, have a look around, perhaps purchase a drink at the bar, or sip tea in the courtyard which generally is…

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A New Year in Paris

One of the best things about 2018 for me was starting this blog and connecting with all of you wonderful women (and a few lovely men) from around the world who, like me, crave a little more Paris in their lives. So I want to thank you for following me on this new adventure and to…

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A Paris Christmas

Ok, so I am NOT actually in Paris for Christmas. I am home to spend quality time with family and friends. But my  dream is to one day spend Christmas in this spectacular city!  I hope you will hold me to that promise to myself. Let’s say however, that I was in Paris for Christmas.…

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Paris Under Protest

  Over the years when I was a TV News Correspondent, I covered dozens of demonstrations and protests, some of which turned violent as they have in Paris. For instance in 1991, I got caught in a protest in Harare, Zimbabwe where students rallying against government corruption capitalized on the fact that their African city…

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Best Friends in Paris

My closest friend, Shardie, and I had an AHA moment in Paris!   Here it is — Women of a Certain Age are not SELFIE material.    This is what we discovered when the two of us headed out to wait for the moment when the world’s most recognizable tourist attraction, the Eiffel Tower, transforms…

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Behind Doors In Paris

I think Paris is obsessed with doors. With so many famous monuments, museums, and other exquisite sites, you might think that doors in Paris would not get much attention. But this is a city acutely addicted to detail.  No opportunity to create and enhance beauty is ever wasted . So the humble door becomes yet…

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