Playing Princess in Shanghai

D and I arrived at Shanghai’s Pudong airport after our 10-hour flight from Paris. I was excited to be in China. Visiting any part of Asia wasn’t on my roadmap ...

Hanging out in Shanghai

Shanghai has a lot of things that other big cities have: rush-hour traffic for kilometres at a stretch; blaring horns and flashing lights well past midnight; high-rise apartment buildings and ...

Nice Blue Skies

Summer happened even though I was too busy to enjoy it. With winter just around the corner the afternoon temperature in Nice hovers around 20°C in the afternoons. Still, the ...


What The Hague You Talking ‘Bout

Yes, I’m still here. I have become more of a mental blogger ...

Schnitzels and beer in Innsbruck

When in Innsbruck… Innsbruck’s clean and brisk alpine air and stunning mountain ...

Mountainous High in Innsbruck

I don’t know much about Austria beyond wiener schnitzel and The Sound ...

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Le Camion de Sophie

Le Camion de Sophie parks just down the street from our apartment. I was heading to the bakery as I wanted to pick up two mini quiches for dinner. So startled I was to see an ardoise (menu board) on the sidewalk where there usually is nothing but doggie poop I almost tripped over my feet. […]

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Riding up Mont Ventoux

This post was originally published on 21 Aug 2012. I’m republishing it  to coincide with the Tour de France’s return to Provence with a climb of the Mont Ventoux. I look forward to watching the climb on the TV although I wish I could be there in person to cheer the riders on. And for […]

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Wide Open Spaces

I love having friends who live in cottage country. It gives me the chance to get away from city life and to take in a little of what Mother Nature has to offer. As I look out the patio doors over the deck, I hear birds singing and the hum of a lawn mower in […]

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Steamy Montpellier

I remember it like it was yesterday. I had recently graduated from high school and should have been preparing for university. Instead, I was in Paris, as part of a European jaunt, for the first time. It was hot and steamy and I had fallen further in love with France.

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Think Pink

There is something irresistible about pink flowers. They always remind me of my Mom who always seems to have bright pink begonias or Impatiens in her garden. Pink is so girly and when I saw them in Cours Saleya I couldn’t resist photographing them. These are for you Mom!

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Parisian Pleasures: Merci

There are so many places to find pleasure in Paris. A patisserie selling a perfect lemon tart. Venturing to caviste to get that special bottle of 1921 Chateau d’Yquem (a girl can dream). Dining at a favourite restaurant, eavesdropping on conversations or chatting with the servers. Or meeting a new friend to sit a spell, […]

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Spring fling in St Paul de Vence

Spring has taken her time to settle in here in Nice. Despite the psychotic periods of grey-then blue-then grey skies, I have been working hard at maintaining my sanity. D and I are working on a huge renovation project — we bought our first apartment in January — and most of my free time is […]

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Comfort Food – Endive Gratin

Because I love comfort food and because I love Jamie’s blog, here’s a post from January 2012 that combines both these things. I made this for dinner last night, again to rave reviews from my husband. Seriously, who can say no to melted cheese? And since the weather on the Côte d’Azur is still a […]

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Christmas Lights at Place Masséna

Christmas is my favourite holiday. As an expat in France, it’s the only time of the year where I’m guaranteed to go ‘home’ to Toronto and spend part of the holidays with my family. Before I head to the Great White North* a trip downtown to Place Masséna is warranted. After all, ever since D […]

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It’s been a while

Ça fait un bail, même des lustres, que je n’ai pas écrit dans mon blog. (It’s been ages since I last posted to my blog.) I haven’t written in a while because I needed to take care of a few things. First among these things was/is my health. I won’t bore you with the details […]

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