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.
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 swap, OR as I did 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.
We have kept in touch and now I will be staying in their lovely apartment (their secondary residence) in Cannes.
Cannes! I cannot wait.
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.
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!
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!
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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 email@example.com.
I will announce the winner in the next blog post.
Paris Undressed: Giving Away Her Book Too!
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Diana Bishop the founder of The Success Story Program and A Woman of a Certain Age in Paris as well as a well-known correspondent with over 25 years working for CTV, CBC News, and NBC News. She loves travel, writing, and all things Parisienne.