Paris Adventure – The Louvre

Paris Adventure – The Louvre

Bonjour from Paris! We arrived in Paris at 8:30am local time and had intended to hit the ground running. Instead, the lack of sleep on the flight quickly caught up with us, leading to two bleary-eyed travelers shuffling their way through the city to reach the St. Germain Hotel, in the heart of St. Continue reading

Starting My Paris Adventure

Starting My Paris Adventure

After many months of planning, I'm off to Paris! Although it's technically a vacation, it is likely to become more of an adventure ... walking through quaint neighborhoods, sipping Champagne in Epernay, and discovering the mountain towns of Provence. Stay tuned for more details of my very Bistro Continue reading

Monet, Merlot, and Macarons: Why I Love France

Monet, Merlot, and Macarons: Why I Love France

(photo source) With just a little over 5 weeks until my Fall French getaway, what better time to highlight some of the reasons why France is so popular for tourists, including yours truly. In early August, the French Government released tourism numbers for last year which showed that nearly 85 Continue reading

Living Renoir

Living Renoir

It is now less than 8 weeks until my trip to France! When I’m not scouring travel blogs and guide books for insiders’ tips to Paris and Provence, I’m getting my France fix in advance by attending French or European style events around the city. Last week, I was thrilled to have attended my second Continue reading

Bastille Day Celebrations in the US

Bastille Day Celebrations in the US

(photo source) July 4 may be over, but Bastille Day is just around the corner! Similar to America's Independence Day, Bastille Day - July 14 - celebrates France's national holiday, complete with fireworks, parties, and red, white, and blue decor. Although the most notable Bastille Day Continue reading

Fresh French Bread

Fresh French Bread

(photo source) It may be 2am in Paris, but the French can still get their fresh bread fix. A recent invention by a French baker offers fresh, hot baguettes by way of a unique vending machine. Now it may seem sacriledge for the French to buy bread from anything other than a bakery. However, many Continue reading

Mother’s Day Macarons

Mother’s Day Macarons

While in downtown Chicago this weekend celebrating Mother's Day, I happened upon one of my favorite French pastry shops outside of France - Vanille Patisserie. (By the way, this charming little shop is a MUST if you enjoy a little taste of French heaven in the Windy City.) While I debated the Continue reading

The Good Life: Lessons from the French

The Good Life: Lessons from the French

(photo source) If you're like most Americans, you probably work all year long hoping to save enough money to, one day, afford the "good life". The idea of the good life is relative....good to one person may mean spending all of his/her time traveling in luxury, while another may associate the Continue reading

A Toast to the Eiffel Tower

A Toast to the Eiffel Tower

  (photo source) Raise your Champagne glass and grab a macaron! Today marks the 125 birthday of one of the world's most recognizable monuments-- the Eiffel Tower. Standing  nearly 1,063 feet high in the heart of Paris, France, the beloved icon is visited by nearly 7 million people each Continue reading

Paris Makes Top 10 List for 2014

Paris Makes Top 10 List for 2014

(photo source) As if I needed another reason to visit France....late last year, Lonely Planet released it's Best in Travel: The Top Ten Cities to Visit in 2014, with Paris, France topping the list.  The travel website bestowed the ranking, noting that the world's most beautiful city is now more Continue reading

Valentine’s Day With a French Twist

Valentine’s Day With a French Twist

(photo source) Valentine's Day is right around the corner. And whether you're celebrating with your true love, your family, or friends - why not put a French twist on the special day by serving a Paris-inspired drink? Take a look at these simply sweet and tasty French recipes: French Continue reading

Raising the Barre in the New Year

Raising the Barre in the New Year

(photo source) Happy New Year everyone! For many Americans, the New Year is a time to set resolutions – to create a goal for the year and then do your best to try to stick with it. However, like most French girls, I’ve never really been the type to make or stick with New Year’s resolutions. After Continue reading