Meet Claire McAlpine, Reviewer Extraordinaire

If it’s Friday, it must be France … Last Friday we spent some time in beautiful Aix-En-Provence. Today I want to introduce you to a young writer and reviewer living there. I’ve been following her blog, Word By Word, for a while now and I’m sure you are going to want to add it toContinue reading “Meet Claire McAlpine, Reviewer Extraordinaire”

Spend a few minutes in Aix-En-Provence…

If it’s Friday, it must be France … Today I’m fantasizing about the beautiful, historical centre of Aix-En-Provence, since the main character in my new novel is hanging out there at the moment. I’m curious to see what’s going to play out there for her so can’t stay on the blog too long … That’sContinue reading “Spend a few minutes in Aix-En-Provence…”

Int’l Women’s Day – the beat goes on

If it’s Friday, it must be France Bonjour! Before we talk France I want to let you know I’m at the energizing hive of activity,, today. We’re continuing the blogtalk about … what else (?!?) … women, connections and inspiring girls. If you’re taking a break around 1:30 EST, Debba and I would loveContinue reading “Int’l Women’s Day – the beat goes on”

A roadtrip to Gourdon

If it’s Friday, it must be France … My plan was to have you join me for a roadtrip to one of our favourite destinations when we had friends visiting. The perched village of Gourdon has, as the sign says, a “Panorama Grandiose” … say no more. The view is worth the drive and theContinue reading “A roadtrip to Gourdon”

An addiction to the doors of France

If it’s Friday, it must be France … I love the front doors of people’s homes in France. Every time I visit that magnificent country I take endless numbers of photos of doors (okay, and windows too … but that’s another post). The wood, the trim, the left-over remnants of ancient locks, from simple andContinue reading “An addiction to the doors of France”

Friendship, L’amitié – priceless wherever you are

If it’s Friday, it must be France … Ask me to list all the great memories of our 4-1/2 months in Antibes this past summer and I could go on and on. This is one of my favourites. One thing most women need, no matter where in the world they are, is a good hairdresser.Continue reading “Friendship, L’amitié – priceless wherever you are”

Mon Dieu … I did it!

If it’s Friday, it must be France … Two-year-old Kate’s favourite saying is “I did it!” Today I echo that. I finally figured out how to make a slideshow work here. Transferring it from my iPhoto to YouTube was the secret. You probably already know how to do that but it was a big dealContinue reading “Mon Dieu … I did it!”

When the tech stuff tanks, take a stroll …

If it’s Friday, It must be France … For whatever reason, I simply cannot download my slideshow of Arles onto this page. I’ll keep working on it. In the meantime, join me on one of my early morning strolls through our home base of Antibes. Our front yard. Pass through the one original remaining gateContinue reading “When the tech stuff tanks, take a stroll …”

Van Gogh in Arles

If it’s Friday, it must be France … I know … I’m sneaking in under the wire to still post this on Friday. On top of that, I’m kind of taking the easy way out today  – but by accident. Honest! I didn’t know these incredible websites existed until a few hours ago. First IContinue reading “Van Gogh in Arles”

It’s worth the drive to Arles

If it’s Friday, it must be France … We’re taking a little side trip today to Arles, just  a 2-1/2 hour drive  from Antibes and the French Riviera to the area (département) known as the Bouches-du-Rhône (great info and pics on this site). The changing scenery from La Côte D’Azur,  through the dramatic red rock hillsContinue reading “It’s worth the drive to Arles”