Une Baiser S’il Vous Plait….Shall We Kiss?
20 July 2009 | VA Notes Paris

Une Baiser S’il Vous Plait….Shall We Kiss?

Shall We Kiss … so sweet and so cute – I was totally enchanted. Trust the French to spin out the most simple of romantic moments into a full blown cinematic experience. The plot goes something like this, ‘When Gabriel and Emilie meet by chance he offers her a ride and they spend the evening talking,

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Easy Chicken Salad
13 July 2009 | VA Notes Provence

Easy Chicken Salad

This recipe is an easy one. I am big on presentation and light on preparation – this salad fits perfectly into this category. The ingredients are simple, fresh and available, it can be prepared ahead of time and it looks very pretty on the plate. Chicken Salad *Poach the chicken breasts (one per person or

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Minimalist or maximalist?
25 June 2009 | VA Notes Uncategorized

Minimalist or maximalist?

  I am always undecided whether I want to be a minimalist or a maximil-ist. I don’t think that is the right word in this context, but I guess you get the picture. When I am having a minimalist moment at home I hide anything and everything away. I remove all traces of personal memorabilia,

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What Are Green, Purple And Deliciously Squishy
22 June 2009 | VA Notes Provence

What Are Green, Purple And Deliciously Squishy

  Yesterday I ate my first fig of the season – not perfectly ripe but near enough. I have always loved figs – figs for breakfast, figs for lunch and figs for dinner. There is just something so good about a ‘first bite’ of the season – it is a ‘memories conjured up and promises

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Bien Dans Sa Peau: Part I
19 May 2009 | VA Notes Lifestyle

Bien Dans Sa Peau: Part I

Bien dans sa peau, translates as being ‘well in her skin’.

This popular French expression relates to women, not to health and describes a general state of being rather than any one specific female feature.

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In Your Other Life, French Or Italian?
6 May 2009 | VA Notes Uncategorized

In Your Other Life, French Or Italian?

  French or Italian in your other life? I have always thought that when it comes to France and Italy, passions are divided. It seems to me that there are those people who love Italy and who love all things Italian and then there are the Francophiles who can think and dream of nowhere but

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The Grocer’s Son
29 April 2009 | VA Notes Uncategorized

The Grocer’s Son

  This film is a gentle watch with all the right ingredients that make French movies such a pleasure. For a start the main character is pretty easy on the eye and the female counterpart is not bad either. The plot is nothing too heavy or violent with just the right amount of emotional angst

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It Was An Extraordinary Day In London
2 February 2009 | VA Notes Lifestyle

It Was An Extraordinary Day In London

  To wake up in London and find myself in the midst of a winter wonderland. London doesn’t really do snow. There are the occasional flurries or an inch or two that hug the pavements for minutes rather than hours, but generally London is more about the rain than the snow. Not today.   When

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French Music… Jane Birkin
19 November 2008 | VA Notes Uncategorized

French Music… Jane Birkin

Favourite French Music Serge Gainsbourg – Couleur Cafe, Comic Strip, Love and the Beat, and Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited. Jane Birkin – Je t’aime…Moi non Plus ( again with SG – her great love) and Arabesque Isabelle Boulay – Tout un Jour Carla Bruni – Quelqu’un m’a dit and Comme si de rien netait Belinda Carslile –

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The first day is always the hardest..
17 November 2008 | VA Notes Uncategorized

The first day is always the hardest..

Oh I am tired tonight… I have been picking olives all day in the sunshine (yes, the weather was beautiful in St Remy de Provence today) but I am aching all over – the back hurts, the legs hurt and the long hot soak in the tub is only minutes away. But I don’t care

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19, rue du Bourg Tibourg…
13 October 2008 | VA Notes Paris

19, rue du Bourg Tibourg…

Behind this discreet doorway is the Hotel Boug Tibourg. Situated on the street of the same name, it is right in the middle of the Marais quartier.   The Hotel Bourg Tibourg is a petite boutique style abode that has been reinvigorated by the legendary Costes brothers and decorated by the internationally renowned Jacques Garcia.

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