Germany Voted Most Popular Country

Germany Voted Most Popular Country

(photo source) In a survey of over 26,000 people around the world, Germany was seen as the most popular country. When asked to rank 16 countries (excluding their own country), 59% of respondents ranked Germany positively. Some analysts believe the positive rating is due to Germany's strong Continue reading

A Passion for Paris-Style Espresso Cups

A Passion for Paris-Style Espresso Cups

For years, I have had a very British passion for all things tea - tea cups, tea pots, tea accessories, etc. I still have a great love for tea, but that passion has since expanded to include all things espresso! Whether you associate espresso with Italy, France, or Spain, the dark elixir definitely Continue reading

Bastille Day Farmer's Market

Bastille Day Farmer's Market

Bonjour and Happy (belated) Bastille Day! I had a lovely and very French Bastille Day. As I mentioned in Monday's post, having French coffee is a great way to celebrate this occasion - so that's just what I did! Before work, I stopped off at a local coffee shop and ordered a café au lait. It was Continue reading

Audrey Hepburn's Little Black Dress Tops Fashion List

Audrey Hepburn's Little Black Dress Tops Fashion List

(Photo courtesy of Flickr) Legendary actress Audrey Hepburn may be gone, but her beauty and style are hardly forgotten. Much of what the world remembers of Audrey’s style is associated with what she wore on the big screen. Who could forget her simple but gorgeous dresses in Sabrina, her bright Continue reading

They Came From Royalty

They Came From Royalty

Bonjour and Happy Memorial Day! This weekend I had a lovely time visiting with family in the beautiful state of Michigan. The weekend was full of eating, reminiscing, and a few surprises, including a few presents! My gifts included a lovely tea-for-one butterfly teapot and saucer - a birthday gift Continue reading

Remembering Paczki Day

Remembering Paczki Day

Whether you celebrate Carnaval, Mardi Gras, or Shrove Tuesday, tomorrow will mean the last day of indulgence for the next 40 days, at least if you follow the Christian religion. Coming from a family with a strong Catholic-Polish background - and from Detroit no less! - we never really celebrated, Continue reading

A European Valentine's Day

A European Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is just a few days away! If you're looking for a more unique way of expressing your love, take a look at how the Europeans celebrate this special day... Denmark: In Denmark, Valentine's Day is celebrated as Fjortende Februar. On this day, lovers send snowdrops, white flowers, to Continue reading

New Book Reveals 'What French Women Know'

New Book Reveals 'What French Women Know'

What Do French Women Know That We Don't? For decades, American women have wondered how French women can stay thin, sexy, and so incredibly chic with unbelievable ease. Now, a tell-all book by author Debra Olivier reveals these French secrets in one tasty read!  According to Olivier, it's not how Continue reading

Chocolate-Covered Mozart

Chocolate-Covered Mozart

Whenever I travel out of the country - or out of the state for that matter - I try to pick up a few keepsakes to take home. For me, choosing the right keepsake is a very delicate process. I am not one for tchotchkes or knick knacks, so I stay away from key chains, shot glasses, and such. But, what I Continue reading

A Not So English Garden

A Not So English Garden

A Garden is the Best Alternative Therapy — Germaine Greer My husband and I have several very large gardens on our property - inherited from the previous owner who just happened to have a very green thumb. So, at some point every summer, I get the urge to garden - and that time is now. Although I am Continue reading

Put a French Spring in Your Step

Put a French Spring in Your Step

With Spring just two days away, you can practically hear the French singing, I love Paris in the Springtime, I love Paris in the Fall. Yes, Spring has arrived in Paris and most of France for that matter. And, while the French are busy picking daisies and chatting over cafe au lait, you may be Continue reading

Mini-Break on a (Company) Dime

Mini-Break on a (Company) Dime

At this time each year, I find myself daydreaming about taking a vacation. Maybe it's due to the sub-zero temperatures we've been faced with or it could be the pile of work that seems to be growing on my desk, so much that my pile has been divided into several other piles. Either way, vacationing Continue reading