What “Not To Do” In Paris
21 October 2014 | VA Notes Paris

What “Not To Do” In Paris

I recently read an article in Condé Nast Traveller about what NOT to do in Paris. I was pleasantly pleased to think that we have it covered here. Most of us Francophiles love enough to have explored further and wider, with bright eyes and inquisitive minds.

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Can We Talk About Dinosaurs And The Jardin des Plantes?
3 October 2014 | VA Notes Paris

Can We Talk About Dinosaurs And The Jardin des Plantes?

Can we talk about dinosaurs here? Well not exactly dinosaurs… but if you love Paris… and all things French like me… you will see where I am going Let me explain. For the longest, longest time I have been wanting to go to the Natural History Museum in the Jardin des Plantes in Paris.

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Two Fragrances Not To Miss
28 September 2014 | VA Notes Beauty

Two Fragrances Not To Miss

I am always cheered by fragrance, whether on top of the world or down in the dumps, for every day is not always as glorious as we would like. The thought of scent and how it makes me feel is a tonic… an uplifter… Fragrance is one of the great priviledges we enjoy as women. I believe, it’s

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Somewhere New To Discover… Buly In Paris
5 September 2014 | VA Notes Paris

Somewhere New To Discover… Buly In Paris

I love a new discovery…especially one as heavenly as Buly. Buly in rue Bonaparte in Paris is an old parfumerie and skin care house re-invented. Buly opened in April… imagine a French version of Italy’s Santa Maria Novella. Husband-and-wife team Ramdane Touhami (the former co-owner of Cire Trudon) and Victoire de Taillac-Touhami (the former head of communications for Colette) are the

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A Gypsy Life
31 August 2014 | VA Notes Lifestyle

A Gypsy Life

For the next little while in London I am going to be living life out of a suitcase… a gypsy life. It’s a question of timing… moving out… finding a new home… waiting for a renovation to be complete… moving in. This kind of thing takes synchronisation and somehow the cogs are crunching ever so slightly.

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The Old Fashioned Way… Les Crayeres, Reims
29 August 2014 | VA Notes Lifestyle

The Old Fashioned Way… Les Crayeres, Reims

Driving back to London from France is quite a journey. It’s easy in that the autoroutes are beautifully maintained, but it’s long… 1000 kilometres near enough. This time we stopped over in Reims at Les Crayeres. A total indulgence and so, so welcome after 9 hours in the car. Reims is Champagne territory so the bubbles, the

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Paris Turns Blue And White
24 August 2014 | VA Notes Paris

Paris Turns Blue And White

I don’t often see Paris in a blue light… mostly rose. Not only because I see through rose coloured glasses, but also because Paris, for much of her days, casts grey and the buildings take on a rosy glow. This week Paris surprised me with her quietness and her colour. The dramatic skys alerted my eyes to shades of

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Jardin Du Luxembourg… Where The Parisians Hide Out
22 August 2014 | VA Notes Paris

Jardin Du Luxembourg… Where The Parisians Hide Out

August in Paris… The Parisians are hiding out. In the Jardin du Luxembourg. Reading, sunning, chatting… playing with their children… the park was in holiday mode. Few runners enjoying their daily workout or workers speedily cutting through the grounds to their offices. Just a relaxed bunch who appeared not to have a care in the world. Jardin

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Hotel Costes and French Ambience
20 August 2014 | VA Notes Paris

Hotel Costes and French Ambience

 People watching in Hotel Costes is a pretty fun pastime. I think it is still one of the best places to relax and gaze on the scene. Hotel Costes is usually over crowded with beautiful people. It will be again, next month, when the fashion crowd decend on Paris for the shows. Last night, like the rest

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Paris in August
19 August 2014 | VA Notes Paris

Paris in August

I can’t remember the last time I was in Paris in August. It’s quiet… so much quieter than in other months. It feels deserted, not by the loyal Francophiles of the world who flock to Paris in all seasons, but by the Parisians.  It is August and France is on holiday. I am here to

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How To Lose Weight? Walk In Paris
25 July 2014 | VA Notes Paris

How To Lose Weight? Walk In Paris

How to lose weight? That age old question. I have a solution for you… but it involves. It is almost impossible to resist the wining and dining when in Paris… and it does play havoc with the diet. I try and stay on a reduced carbohydrate and sugar regime… (it’s still going on) and it’s

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