Monthly Archives: June, 2013

MONACO: It’s a rich man’s world

After a week in the rain and cold, like sunflowers we turned our little faces to the sun, feeling the golden warmth of it soak into our bones. We had arrived on the French Riviera. As we wound our way down from the alps we called out the steadily climbing temperature each time we passed …

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FRANCE: Through the Alps

I think I have left my heart behind somewhere in the French Alps. Although it was so cold we each wore at least three layers of clothing, there was a beauty, a freshness and, for me at least, a real sense of deep peace to be found among those snow covered mountains and fir trees. …

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Chocolat

A rich chocolate crepe served with chantilly cream, a mug of chocolat chaud (hot chocolate) and a good book were the perfect antidote to a cold and rainy afternoon in the little French village of Annecy – pictured below:

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Parlez Vous Francais?

I would like to dedicate this blog to my high school French teacher Miss Potts who spent many years trying to force this beautiful language into my brain. It has been an absolute delight to be able to order food, get directions, read signs and posters and news papers and most importantly chat a little …

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Moules Marinière

In a little cafe in Nice I enjoyed a huge pot of moules marinière with frites. The mussels were cooked in white wine and garlic, and the fries were crisp and golden. I savoured every spoonful of the fragrant broth and each mussel nestled within it. This was my favourite lunch since arriving in France. It …

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FRANCE: Joan of Arc & Mary Magdalene’s Bones

There is something about the story of Joan of Arc that ignites my soul. As we follow in her footsteps I ponder the miracle that was Joan – a 16-year-old-peasant girl who convinced an army of hardened soldiers to follow her into battle. She was just 19 when she was burned at the stake. It …

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Paris in the Springtime

Ah Paris. Is there any city more romantic? My journey, like that of so many before me, began in Paris. We were fortunate to stay in Montparnasse with its cafes and theatres and of course the beautiful Montparnasse Cemetery, which I stumbled upon during my wanderings. I turned up and down narrow alleyways looking at elegant …

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FRANCE: Chamonix – Mont Blanc

“Have you ever thrown a fistful of glitter in the air.” PINK I am sitting at my window in Chamonix in the French Alps looking out over mountains taller than I could ever imagine mountains being. I have to bend sideways in my chair if I want to see their snow covered peaks lit up …

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