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the orient express – travelling in style

So how often is it that you receive an invitation to spend a day on the Orient Express?   Not so often in my experience, so when that envelope arrived a few weeks ago, I was beyond happy.  And while I don’t often include sponsored content on this blog, here was something that was definitely worth breaking the rules for! I had seen the new Kenneth Branagh film a few weeks earlier, and loved the whole mystique and romance of travelling on the luxury train.  My hopes for the day were high...

paul bocuse – a generation of french cuisine

A few weeks ago,  Paul Bocuse, probably the most famous French chef, died at the age of 91. It is said that he prepared his first great dish at the age of eight, which I have no trouble believing since he grew up in a family of cooks.    His whole life was dedicated to fine cuisine, with only a short interruption to his career during the second world war. Today nobody is surprised when a chef becomes a celebrity, but Bocuse was a ground breaker in this regard.   As a young apprentice chef in...

lemon tart and instant sunshine

As I write this post there is snow swirling around my window, a fire burning beside me and the most delicious perfume of lemon tart in the house.   I also have a huge vase of mimosa flowers sitting on a table because it is that time of year. Mimosa is a wonderful flowering tree that grows in the South of France, and from late January through to March the markets are full of fragrant deep yellow branches, freshly picked from the hills above the coast, and vendors stands piled high with fresh...

floral instagrams to follow and my blogging birthday

This week I celebrate eight years here on the blog …. hard to believe, time goes by so fast. My blogging story is nothing but thankfulness for all the people who read me, who leave comments, and who share their stories or pictures with me.   As I say each year; without my readers this blog has no reason to be. And so, to say thank you in return, and spread the love, this is the moment when I like to share some of my favourite blogs or social media. Today as well as those amazing blogs, ...

Treat yourself for Valentine’s

We didn’t need Frank Sinatra singing April in Paris to know that planning a trip to the City of Light in when the trees are blossoming and the days growing longer is a great idea! I love Paris in the Spring.   The first buds on the trees, and that very special light over the river that feels so welcome after the grey days of winter.    And if one was to plan a trip to Paris in the spring, then it would be the perfect moment to take in an exhibition, to make the most of people-watching...

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