On returning to Venice ….

In early September we will return to Venice for another three days, staying at the same delightful hotel we chose last time, Ca’ Angeli, on the Grand Canal.  I like to research places on our route and how best to use our time, and as luck would have it, I came across a beautiful and informative blog, La Venessiana, which has utterly refuelled my desire to … Continue reading On returning to Venice ….

Titirangi – fringe of heaven? …

Here I am waxing lyrical about far-flung places like Paris when I live in Auckland, New Zealand, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. As I pottered around in the kitchen this morning, I looked up to see the sun rising – and my world looked pretty sweet! It is very easy to take such things for granted. Today, I reminded myself how … Continue reading Titirangi – fringe of heaven? …

And speaking of Paris ….

Paris fascinates me – I have been there only once, for a few days in 2007, when we stopped off on our way to cycle in Provence, and it captivated me – utterly and completely. Since that first visit, I have longed to return and finally my dream will come true in May. I have been consumed over the last few years with reading about … Continue reading And speaking of Paris ….

Le Petit Bijou in St Remy de Provence – a chance to win and stay…

If you read my blog you will know I follow Vicki Archer’s French Essence blog – she writes so enticingly and informatively about life in Provence. At the moment, we are planning our next trip to France (May 2014), and are actively seeking and selecting places to stay on our drive down from Paris. So, imagine my delight when I saw Vicki’s current post in which … Continue reading Le Petit Bijou in St Remy de Provence – a chance to win and stay…

Following a New Zealand family in Provence …..

Dear Readers Imagine my excitement when a dear friend sent me the link to a new blog she discovered called Through French Doors, which will chronicle the adventures of a family of four from Christchurch, New Zealand, as they spend 18 months in Provence. I think I was probably turning green with envy as I read of their move, all the while acknowledging that it was … Continue reading Following a New Zealand family in Provence …..

Paris Winter Sales a la Ms Theadora Brack …

Originally posted on Paris: People, Places and Bling:
All you need is love and a Métro ticket to ride the “80” Bus Photos by Theadora Brack Peace, love and understanding on the “80” Bus By Theadora Brack Make no tips, hands or buts about it, “Les soldes d’hiver 2013″ are in full swing in Paris. They began on January 9 and will last through Tuesday,… Continue reading Paris Winter Sales a la Ms Theadora Brack …

And not forgetting Venice…

Books about Venice abound – at the moment I am thoroughly enjoying Marlena de Blasi’s A Thousand Days in Venice, well written, light, but informative, and it has me back in Venice with every page I turn! Of course, it has the added attraction of chronicling a whirlwind romance, but it also gives some fascinating insights into the Venetian way of life. Her account of the psyche of Venetian tradesmen is enlightening! But … Continue reading And not forgetting Venice…

Meanwhile, back in Paris…..

Good old Facebook recently led me to this this vibrant blog by Vanessa – Messy Nessy Chic, where I stumbled upon her brilliant post about walking in Paris. Vanessa had the good fortune to discover the blog of editor and photographer Mlle Audrey F, Et si on se promenait…a Paris (What if we walked around Paris). The blog is en Francais, but thankfully, her interview … Continue reading Meanwhile, back in Paris…..

Provence: Lavender and the Luberon – Avignon a L’Orange en Velo …

France-Bike route managers arrived early in the morning on the first day of our cycling adventure, with our bikes, helmets, and very detailed directions. They loaded our gear into their van, leaving us to set off on stage one of our trip. Soon we were cycling along the banks of the river Rhone, heading towards Orange. As it happened, two Americans were also doing the … Continue reading Provence: Lavender and the Luberon – Avignon a L’Orange en Velo …