While international travel is still difficult I travel through the photo messages received from friends. Baptiste Quinard sent these beautiful images of Paris taken on a bike tour while listening to South African music.
I have just finished reading The Paris Wife by Paula McLain and totally loved it. It is a story of love and betrayal intertwined with a travel journal of places in the US and France concentrating on Paris. The year is 1920 and Ernest Hemingway meets Hadley Richardson in the States. They fall in love,… Read More The Paris Wife
It’s autumn in my home town Hermanus and as a sun worshiper even a sunny picture can cheer me up. It’s with great anticipation that I scroll through my friend Baptiste Quinard’s WhatsApp pictures of Paris. Having a fine eye for art Bappie knows how to take a great image. Here are a few of… Read More Jardin du Luxembourg
It’s Autumn in Hermanus and raining. Time to catch up with reading goals and cook some soup. Stocking up on red wine… lazy weekends. In the Northern hemisphere spring has sprung and watches are turned back. The fresh blooms must be one of the most promising sights of the new season there. My French friend… Read More Paris in Spring
My favourite things… so many and yet so few. Fine wine, hot shower, friends, Trixi and Robbie, family, a spray of Jean Paul Gaultier, a pretty bag, ocean view… not so few favourites come to think of it! There’s another guarantee for a “pick-me-upper” and that’s flowers. Here are two pics of a Parisian flower… Read More Blooming Good
My last day in Paris started with some sunshine. It was another public holiday – the 2nd on our 10-day trip to France. On Sundays the shops are closed in Dijon and Paris is no different. Fortunately the Sephora on the Champs Elysees is pumping and doing a roaring trade improving the looks and smells… Read More Au Revoir Paris
My first sight of Paris was the Louvre. Ascending from the Palais-Royal–Musée du Louvre metro we walked straight into the Louvre – with the rest of the world! We had a coffee and petite croissant at Café Marly while winking at the Eiffel Tower in the distance and sitting along the Louvre. This was followed by an… Read More High, Higher, Eiffel
It is finally happening. I am off to Burgundy and there is very little stopping me now. Living in Hermanus we have our own “Burgundy”. Not only is one of my favourite restaurants called “Burgundy” but the Hemel-en-Aarde is also known for their quality Burgundian style wines – South Africa’s Pinot noir and Chardonnay haven. Thanks… Read More A dream comes true…Burgundy here I come!