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  Whenever I am in Paris, I often just like to  meander. When I decide to take a long walk,  I head in a certain direction and see where it takes me. One day I headed north from my apartment in the 9th arrondissement crossing over Rue de Clichy walking up hill into Montmartre.  …

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  “Spring has sprung. The grass has riz. I wonder where the birdies is.”  Author unknown but suspected to be from Brooklyn, New York    It’s been more than a month now, hasn’t it? Give or take, depending on where you are, that we have been cut off from so many of our friends and…

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  Ladies, I could not believe the response from last week’s blog about wearing your pearls! I want to thank you for the emails and comments. And I wanted to share with you the pictures I received from readers along with their comments and stories.   Janet Fleming “My Mum gave me my pearls for…

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  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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  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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  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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  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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  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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  “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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  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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