The Paris Bistro Chair

Don’t you love French bistro chairs?  They are such an integral part of the ambience of the imitable Parisian terrace. And you could spend days photographing them without seeing two restaurants that have the same ones.     HISTORY OF THE PARIS OUTDOOR TERRACE   The Parisian terrace first began when families offered food and…

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My Mother Never Made It To Paris!

But if she had, I know she would have felt right at home, because my mother embodied everything that Paris represents–grace, exquisite beauty, dignity and strength.     If my mother had lived beyond her 76 years, she would have been 94 this month. It is hard to believe that she has been gone from…

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Diana’s French Recipe Test Kitchen, Recipe #2

  I don’t cook much as you all know,  so attempting something as finicky as the classic Cheese soufflé felt like a tall order. However, one rainy and cold Sunday, when frankly even going out to a museum or having lunch in a cozy café seemed like too much effort, I decided to stay home and take…

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Top French TV Shows

Top French TV Shows

  French Television shows are an entertaining way to experience select aspects of French life and culture that may not normally be on your radar. Here are My Top Three Picks for French TV shows or movies that are all available on Netflix. Call My Agent – TV Series Comedy  Or Dix pour cent as it called in…

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The Resurrection of Notre Dame Cathedral

  “We will rebuild Notre Dame, all of us together, even more beautiful than before.”  French President E. Macron   I have passed by Notre Dame in Paris more times than I can count, always on my way to somewhere else.  But, in truth, I have been inside the church only ONCE — more than…

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My Spring Silk Scarf Giveaway!

Diana Bishop

At this time of year, Parisians are beginning to forgo “l’écharpe”, the heavier scarf they wear during the colder months, for “le foulard”, a scarf made from lighter material, such as silk.   Channel Your Inner Parisian; Wear a Scarf The scarf is an integral part of the French wardrobe, worn by women and men…

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Happy 65th To My Dearest of Friends!

I don’t think any of you would disagree that our close circle of girlfriends is one of the greatest joys of being a woman. Women are experts in how to nurture and sustain female friendships, and their role in one’s life, I believe, becomes a stronger feature as we get older. So I want to…

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The Fanny Pack Is Back!

Not that long ago, I  was pickpocketed on the subway in Barcelona. I was exhausted after a long day of sightseeing packed into crowded subway car when a woman, who, by the way,  desperately needed a bath, leaned up against me, unzipped my pretty silver handbag and took my change purse. It happened just like…

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And The Winner Is…

Lucky Suze McCart! She is heading to France in September to cycle her way around Provence!  How fortuitous that she is the WINNER of my most recent Giveaway Draw — Two Free French Lessons with Christine Camm of SimplyFrenchonline.com. Congrats Suze! Suze is from Collingwood, Ontario, a resort town on Georgian Bay north of Toronto,…

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La Baguette

I have to say something about French bread. Because my love affair with Paris and France began with the bread. Like many people, I tend to watch how much bread I consume, and I never eat white bread anymore. However when I am in Paris, forget about it! If you are NOT going to eat…

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