Mothers and Sons
9 May 2010 | VA Notes Lifestyle

Mothers and Sons

I always thought that mothers favoured sons. It seemed to me that sons were the golden boys, the boys who could do no wrong and the reason for the bright light in their mothers eyes. I was wrong and I didn’t understand this until I had my own son. Mothers and sons have a unique

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Thinking Of Paris: Lingerie and Lace
27 April 2010 | VA Notes Paris

Thinking Of Paris: Lingerie and Lace

The French girl loves her lingerie and every village, town or city in France is witness to this.

No matter how small the French village there will always be one or even two lingerie shops.
Like the lotions and potions from the pharmacy and the latest cut and colour at the hairdresser, the proper lingerie is a French girl’s staple.

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How One Angry, Erupting Volcano Upset The World
23 April 2010 | VA Notes Lifestyle

How One Angry, Erupting Volcano Upset The World

That volcano in Iceland, with the unpronounceable name, might have been spectacular and may have been responsible for some remarkable sunsets but she sure has a lot to answer for. The nasty damage and the air space closures, not to mention the wasted TV viewing hours that accompanied this natural catastrophe. Looking at round the

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Knock, Knock…Who’s there? Part Two Of The Tale
21 April 2010 | VA Notes Provence

Knock, Knock…Who’s there? Part Two Of The Tale

click here to read part one   Je suis Australienne, je suis Vicki Archer, je suis en vacances, I repeated over and over. No, no, no, the Inspector replied becoming more and more frustrated with me. Who are you? Where do you come from?Where is your husband? He asked me these simple questions time and time again

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Knock, Knock… Who’s There? A Two Part Tale
19 April 2010 | VA Notes Provence

Knock, Knock… Who’s There? A Two Part Tale

We have been reminiscing about our time spent in France in 1995. We had taken our three young children and travelled to Europe for six months from Australia, where we were then living. This is well before we had any thoughts of living in France permanently but on reflection this is probably the moment when my

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Arrondissement… Name Change
27 March 2010 | VA Notes Paris

Arrondissement… Name Change

  The Francophilia Gazette published this interesting little titbit about the original names of the 20 Parisian arrondissements. Each area was known by name not by number as they are now – in fact the arrondissements have not been called by name since 1859. Bit of a shame really….it sounds so much cuter to say…I

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The French Gardien
18 March 2010 | VA Notes Provence

The French Gardien

As much as I love travelling, I love home more. Life on this farm turns with or without me. That is the thing about nature, she won’t wait and in my absence routines run, new plans must be put in place, the olives tended and the garden maintained. The French gardien, the caretaker, makes this happen. Our

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Shaken Not Stirred
2 March 2010 | VA Notes Uncategorized

Shaken Not Stirred

  I have had a little crush on martini tables for a while now and am collecting them whenever I have the chance…the philosophy that, ‘you can never have enough’ applies very well to these dear little tables. The French variety are made of beaten metal and finished with either a dark bronze or a

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Ladies who Lunch…L’Avenue
26 February 2010 | VA Notes Paris

Ladies who Lunch…L’Avenue

    To see how the very glam French women ‘do lunch’ I would never look further than L’Avenue in Paris. L’Avenue, This Jacques Garcia designed eatery is in the heart of what is known as the golden triangle.   The upmarket shopping area around Avenue Montaigne, Avenue Georges V, Rue Marbeuf and Rue Pierre Charon

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Thinking of Paris… Scarlett Haute Couture
25 February 2010 | VA Notes Paris

Thinking of Paris… Scarlett Haute Couture

  Thinking of Paris… Scarlett Haute Couture is a favourite vintage find of mine in the eighth arrondissement. It is a teeny tiny shop that has a penchant for vintage Chanel – jewels, jackets, belts and bags. Shopping here is like playing Where’s Wally …   Difficult at first and very hard to find what you are

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Thinking of Paris… Vintage
24 February 2010 | VA Notes Paris

Thinking of Paris… Vintage

  I have often pressed my nose against the window of Didier Ludot in the Palais Royale and dreamt of the red carpet occasion where I might be royally frocked in vintage haute couture.   It’s funny how the imagination can run wild with a small glance and thoughts can multiply into a thousand different

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Thinking Of Paris…Le Coude De Fou
22 February 2010 | VA Notes Paris

Thinking Of Paris…Le Coude De Fou

  There are many reasons to spend time in Le Marais, the third and fourth arrondissements of Paris on the right banks of the Seine. Shopping, shopping and more shopping, history and museums, taking tea at Mariage Freres, a coffee at Le Petit Fer a Cheval or dinner at Le Coude Fou, all perfectly good excuses

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Thinking of Paris And How To Get Around
16 February 2010 | VA Notes Paris

Thinking of Paris And How To Get Around

There is public transport and then there is public transport. I would be untruthful if I told you I was a fan of the London tube or the New York subway but I am absolutely telling the ‘cross my fingers, swear on the lives of the children’ truth when I say I love the Parisian

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Thinking of Paris: Department Stores
12 February 2010 | VA Notes Paris

Thinking of Paris: Department Stores

  Paris should be less about shopping and more about beauty, art and culture. We all know that, but sometimes a girl has to do what a girl has to do. The most famous Parisian department stores are the Galeries Lafayette and Printemps on the Boulevarde Haussmann. They are grand buildings full of good stuff

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