I Adore (J’Dore) Dior…

    In 2017, the Musee des Arts Decoratifs of Paris, hosted a 6-month exhibition to celebrate 70 years of Dior.  Since that time many cities around the world have held similar exhibits honouring "Christian Dior, Designer of Dreams". I was fortunate to see the exhibit at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary with my daughter.… Continue reading I Adore (J’Dore) Dior…

Oh no…Notre Dame de Paris is burning…

  Notre Dame, (Our Lady), situated in the heart of Paris on the Ille de Cite,  is over eight centuries old.  April 15, 2019, the day of this shocking fire, will become a historic date in the life of this magnificent cathedral.  What took over 200 years to build was almost lost in a couple of… Continue reading Oh no…Notre Dame de Paris is burning…

Treasure…or ephemera?

  Over the past month, I've written about organizing (using the Marie Kondo method), the passing of Karl Lagerfeld,  and a walking day in Paris.  During this time I also read a book, "The Paris Seamstress", written by Natasha Lester in the historical fiction genre I love.  As I was reading, the storyline had me… Continue reading Treasure…or ephemera?

A Morning on the Left Bank…

  As I write this post, we are still in the deep freeze!  February has been a wickedly cold month, and Spring can't come soon enough.  I've already ordered some seeds and bulbs for my planters, and I'm anxious to get into the greenhouse to start organizing, readying it for what I hope, with a… Continue reading A Morning on the Left Bank…

“O Christmas Tree”…

Bringing cut evergreen boughs indoors over the winter months goes back to the ancient Egyptians and Romans who were convinced that the fresh greens kept evil spirits and illness away.   Believing this to be a pagan celebration,  it took centuries for religious leaders to accept the tradition of setting up a Christmas tree.  German… Continue reading “O Christmas Tree”…

Hotel Therapy…

  I'm sure that many of you will agree that getting to a travel destination doesn't have the glamour it once had.  Being at the airport two hours before your plane leaves just to make sure you get through security in time to board your plane on time usually means getting up in the middle… Continue reading Hotel Therapy…

New York, Part 2…

  The last couple of days in New York were busy.  We began Sunday morning with a walk through Central Park.  Over 800 acres in size, this is Manhattan dwellers backyard, their playground.  With walking and biking paths, bridges and ponds, a zoo, places to eat, and benches conveniently located everywhere, it offers something for everyone.… Continue reading New York, Part 2…

New York, New York…Part 1

  New York, New York... Is there anyone who says (sings)   it better than Frank Sinatra?  I don't think so! I was in New York this week.  Although I've been in Manhattan on numerous occasions, this is the first time in many years that I've been in the Big Apple strictly for pleasure.  Four… Continue reading New York, New York…Part 1

O Canada…

  Often when planning a vacation we think of faraway historic and/or exotic places.  Although I have crossed the border and the Atlantic Ocean many times, I've also found that Canada is wonderfully diverse and has many treasures to visit as well.  The following are some of my favourite Canadian destinations. Wedgewood Hotel & Spa, in Vancouver, B.C.… Continue reading O Canada…

The Beach…

We are not staying in the same rental we have in the past years.  This unit has a great view of the ocean and park.  There is more sunlight coming in through tall screened windows covered with plantation shutters  (allowing soft breezes and the comforting rhythms of the ocean to come through).  The decorating, however,… Continue reading The Beach…