Samantha Brown: America's Travel Sweetheart Celebrates 10 Years

Samantha Brown: America's Travel Sweetheart Celebrates 10 Years

Since 2000, Samantha Brown, aka the Travel Channel's Travel Goddess Extraordinaire, has taken us all over the world in search of exotic, historic, and just plain fun places to visit.  In just 10 years, Brown has done what most of us can't do in a lifetime - traveled around the globe and back Continue reading

St. Paul's Cathedral Turns 300!

St. Paul's Cathedral Turns 300!

This year, one of London's most famous and historic landmarks turns 300 - St. Paul's Cathedral. Although the foundation of St. Paul's has been home to a cathedral since 604 AD, the current and most noted domed structure of St. Paul's was built in 1710. After enduring hundreds of years of Continue reading

A French Calendar For All Seasons

A French Calendar For All Seasons

What would the New Year be without a fresh start, some lofty goals, and a new French-themed calendar? I have never been much for day planners and calendars - they always seem so wonderful at first, but then my interest in them fades after a month or two. However, with 6 trips planned in the next Continue reading

Make New Year's Goals Fun and Attainable

Make New Year's Goals Fun and Attainable

It has been less than a week since we welcomed in the first day of 2010, yet I'm already feeling behind on my resolutions for the year - probably because I haven't made any resolutions! After giving it some thought, I realized that I'm not much of a New Year's Resolutions type of a girl. I'm more of Continue reading

Bistro Chic 2009: A Year of European Inspirations

Bistro Chic 2009: A Year of European Inspirations

As we enter into a new year, some people reflect on all of the things they didn't do - their regrets. Well, I'm choosing not to focus on the regrets (besides, I don't really have any) and opting to focus on all of those things I DID accomplish this year. The biggest thing I did in 2009 was start Continue reading

Bistro Chic Has Returned!

Bistro Chic Has Returned!

Bonjour Friends! Did you miss me? I sure missed all of you! I was so used to writing for Bistro Chic, first daily, then weekly. So, when this pattern is abruptly changed - by choice of course - it's such a weird feeling. Regarding my hiatus, I would love to say that I was jet-setting all around Continue reading

New OPI Polish Leaves You Barefoot in Barcelona

New OPI Polish Leaves You Barefoot in Barcelona

These days, traveling to Europe may be next to impossible because of the unstable job market and the weak dollar. It's during these times when I rely on my memories of Europe, particularly England and Spain, to get me through my dry travel spells. It doesn't take much to remind me of these Continue reading

Movies Inspire Travel, Fashion, and Food

Movies Inspire Travel, Fashion, and Food

There's a well-know debate over whether art imitates life or life imitates art. In the case of movies, I think it's a little of both.  Movies have greatly influenced pop culture for years. I'm sure a fair share of young men sported white t-shirts and leather jackets after seeing Rebel Without a Continue reading

French Women Saying "Non" to Beach Nudity

French Women Saying "Non" to Beach Nudity

Although many a tourist have blushed at the site of a topless woman in the French Riviera, a new survey shows that young French women are having second thoughts about beach nudity. In the 70s and 80s, it was quite common to see French women baring all, or at least half, of their bodies on the Continue reading

Moonlight and Mozart

Moonlight and Mozart

Last night, my husband and I took a quick trip to Europe for a little classical music concert under the stars. Ok, we really didn't leave the state, but we were magically transported to France and Austria through the sites and sounds of Ravel and Mozart.   These days, I've been trying to add a Continue reading

Heels or Flippers? You decide….

Heels or Flippers? You decide….

Want a great laugh for a Monday morning? I have just seen the funniest and most outrageous thing that I've seen in a long time. So, imagine you are packing for a week at the beach. You want to make sure you have just the right vacation clothes and shoes for your ultra chic look. Sandals can be very Continue reading

French Women Don't Make Good Tourists

French Women Don't Make Good Tourists

French women don't get fat. French women don't sleep alone. And now, a new study shows that French women don't make good tourists either. Mon dieu! French- Clean but Cheap In its second annual Best Tourist Survey, Expedia asked 4,500 hoteliers worldwide  to rank tourists from 27 countries based Continue reading