Tips from a Travel Runner

Tips from a Travel Runner

(photo source) Have running shoes....will travel. As most of you know, I travel quite a bit for my "day job". Traveling for work has lots of perks, such as being taken to the airport in a town car, ordering room service, and not having to worry about every little expense. But one of the greatest Continue reading

European vs American School Lunches

European vs American School Lunches

(Photo source) Like many parents, what schools serve for lunch became important to me when my children started attending schools that provided daily meals. Growing up, I attended a private school where "hot lunch" was pizza served once a week. Today, most schools provide a multiple hot and Continue reading

Lunar Lights

Lunar Lights

Happy Lunar New Year everyone! I am so grateful to work for a company that is so diverse that it celebrates amazing, non-traditional holidays, complete with festive Asian food, singing, and cultural dancers. Want to learn more about the holiday? See the Lunar New Year by the numbers. Continue reading

Embrace Your French Stripes

Embrace Your French Stripes

My latest obsession ...... stripes. Years ago, I thought stripes were only for kids or for super skinny models who could make anything look good. However, since my recent trip to Paris, I've been embracing stripes, not only because I realized they look good on my petite frame, but because they Continue reading

The Secret to French Beauty

The Secret to French Beauty

In France, beautiful people are everywhere. But it's more than their fashionable clothes, naturally glossy hair, and shapely physiques that make them beautiful. While walking around the walled city of Avignon a few months ago, I took note of how the French walk with purpose, heads held high, tossing Continue reading

Experience France All Year Long – Oui Please!

Experience France All Year Long – Oui Please!

My goodness – has it really been 3 months since I returned from Paris? Reality check – yes, it has been that long. It seems like just yesterday I was sipping café crème in Avignon, musing at the melody of French accents from local patrons. Now, I’ve fallen back into the routine of drinking my Continue reading

French Champagne Uncorked

French Champagne Uncorked

New Year's Eve - a time to reflect on the previous year and welcome a brand new one. And what better way to toast to new and shiny year than with a bit of something sparkly? For French enthusiasts, such as yours truly, New Year's is the perfect time to indulge in a classic French treat - Continue reading

Gift Ideas for Coffee Lovers

Gift Ideas for Coffee Lovers

(photo source) For those who know me, you know that I love espresso drinks. Not regular coffee drinks but the fancy kinds that more resemble a dessert than a beverage. But while in France, I had challenges finding espresso drinks similar to what I had in the US - unless I visited Starbucks. So, Continue reading

Hotel St. James – Urban Oasis in Paris

Hotel St. James – Urban Oasis in Paris

One of the best parts of our last two days in Paris was staying at the historic St. James Hotel, a grand chateau in the heart of the city. From the moment our cab drove through the iron gates and dropped us off in front of the large front entrance, I knew we had made the right choice. Although we Continue reading

A Little App of Paris Surprises

A Little App of Paris Surprises

(Photo Source) A few months ago, I came across an awesome Website for Francophiles like me. My Little Paris delights readers with what's new and hot in Parisian shopping, dining, and culture. The quick, magazine-like updates give you access to cool new bistros, hip brunch spots, local boutique Continue reading

Experiencing Champs Elysees

Experiencing Champs Elysees

We left Avignon early in the morning, taking the 2.5 hour train ride back to Paris where we spent our last two nights in France. We made our way to our final hotel of the trip, the historic grand chateau - the St. James Hotel. What an amazing place to stay the night in Paris! More to follow on our Continue reading

Memories of Cassis

Memories of Cassis

Cassis, France - located on the Mediterranean coast - was our last stop during our side trip to Provence. Cassis is located about 30 minutes Southeast of Marseille, another port village in the South of France. But where Marseille is a large, gritty, commercial port, Cassis remains a small, colorful Continue reading