New Year, New Job, More Travel Than Ever

New Year, New Job, More Travel Than Ever

Bonjour! It's that time of year again...when Bistro Chic starts filling her travel calendar with amazing trips! And, because I've just started my new fantastic job, I will be doing more travel than ever! For instance, last week, I was in sunny California just south of Los Angeles. I stayed at a Continue reading

The World’s Friendliest Countries

The World’s Friendliest Countries

(Photo source) Life is way too short to not live among friends. So if you're looking to relocate and expand your network of friends at the same time, you may just find a friend in the Cayman Islands. These beautiful isles have been voted the friendliest country on Earth by Forbes- mainly due to Continue reading

Canadian Adventure: Ottawa’s Top 5 Attractions

Canadian Adventure: Ottawa’s Top 5 Attractions

On the last leg of my Canadian adventure, I headed to the capital - Ottawa. Although it is located in Ontario, it is literally on the border of Quebec, the French-speaking province. One strange thing I noticed on my drive from Mont Tremblant, Quebec, to Ottawa, Ontario, was that there were Continue reading

Canadian Adventure: Eagles, Owls, and Crepes in Mont Tremblant

Canadian Adventure: Eagles, Owls, and Crepes in Mont Tremblant

Bonjour everyone! As you all know by now, I spent my vacation in French Canada, including in the beautiful mountain town of Mont Tremblant. Our final day in Mont Tremblant was just as exciting as the days before. After sleeping in - which I rarely get to do any other time of the year - we ventured Continue reading

Canadian Adventure Day 4: Mont Tremblant, Quebec

Canadian Adventure Day 4: Mont Tremblant, Quebec

After spending two days in French Montreal, we headed to higher ground and a little more R&R. We drove about 1.5 hours northwest of Montreal to the mountain town of Mont Tremblant, Quebec, in the Laurentide Mountains. The drive was beautiful and seemed short compared to the 7.5 hour drive from Continue reading

Canadian Adventure Day 2: Bonjour, Montreal!

Canadian Adventure Day 2: Bonjour, Montreal!

Bonjour from Montreal! As part of my Canadian vacation, we stopped in Montreal for two days for a true French experience outside of France. After checking into the lovely Hotel Le Crystal (big rooms and great location), our first stop in this French Canadian city was Old Port in Old Montreal. In Old Continue reading

French Canada Awaits

French Canada Awaits

(Photo Source) Long before reading this weekend's Chicago Tribune article about French Canada have I wanted to travel back to Québec. Although growing up, I lived 30 minutes from the Canadian border, I never ventured far enough north to actually get to the French province of Québec. However, in Continue reading

92 Days of Summer

(photo source) A French girl knows how important it is to have something to look forward to - especially in the summer. So, each year as Memorial Day approaches, I buy a calendar and start filling in all of the plans I have for the next 92 days (Memorial Day to Labor Day). And, in true French Continue reading

Flavors of Disney World

Flavors of Disney World

Bonjour! I recently returned from a trip to the happiest place on Earth...Disney World! You may wonder why I seem to make Disney an annual trip. Well, I like Disney for many reasons...including that it is quite a nostalgic place for me. I worked at Disney World over 10 years ago, in the Magic Continue reading

A Very Nespresso Birthday

A Very Nespresso Birthday

Last weekend, my husband treated me to an overnight in city for my birthday. After checking into the Hotel Palomar (a fantastic boutique hotel in Chicago), we headed to Bloomingdale's Home Store to view its Nespresso products. As I walked through the doors, I was completely surprised and nearly Continue reading

Finally, I Have Status

Finally, I Have Status

(photo source) If you would have told me a year ago that I would have elite status on a major airline, I wouldn't have believed you. But that, my fellow traveling friends, is exactly what I have finally earned 11 months and 11 trips later. So how do I benefit from having the first level of Continue reading

From Good To Great: Four Seasons Wailea

From Good To Great: Four Seasons Wailea

(Four Seasons Wailea Serenity Pool) For a seasoned traveler, I've come to expect certain amenities from hotels and resorts where I lodge. Good service, clean hotel rooms, and decent food choices are top on my list for just about any place I stay, for work or play. When you think about it, these Continue reading