Vierzon is a town composed of different “quartiers” or sections, as different from each other as the city is to the country. I’m staying in the medieval quartier, and when I walk through “Le Beffroi” the belfrey of the twelfth century church of Notre Dame, I can feel a residue of the sorcery that the… Read More Vierzon: Medieval Town and Modern City
Fontevrault Abbey is a fabled place of spiritual, political and cultural power. Established in the 12th century as an abbey, it was the home of King Henry the second and his wife Eleanor of Acquitainr, Queen of both France and England and mother of Richard the Lionheart It’s curious that such a grand city for… Read More Fabulous Fontevrault
There is so much beauty in the land of the Loire: its full of Fairy Tale castles and magical places. At this time of the year when spring has suddenly turned into summer, the roses are in full bloom bringing even more delight. My friend invited me to La Rosarie-which I completely misinterpreted as attending… Read More In Celebration of Small Things: A Peacock Princess Among the Rose Paths
On a fabulous Spring afternoon that felt more like summer, my friend who is a real nature lover, took me to a park at Maulévrier. This is not your usual French park but a singular creation; the largest Japanese park in Europe. Created between 1899 and 1910 by the visionary Alexandre Marcel, it was restored… Read More An Oriental Park in the Loire Valley
Mon pêché mineur’ I heard my french friend use this wonderful expression to explain her partiality to a particular wine. I know the feeling! I have fallen in love with the natural wines of France and in particular those dry whites of the pays de la Loire. Its not just their taste but also their… Read More In Celebration of Small Things: My Little Sin
I’m in the process of packing my bags to leave for the beautiful Loire valley tomorrow and as I struggle to fit eveything in, I take an opportunity to reflect with gratitude on a wonderful (and exhausting) week in Paris. I arrived a month later than last year in the hope that the weather would… Read More In Celebration of Small Things: A Week and a Bit in Paris
By chance while exploring (getting lost) in Paris earlier this week, I was stopped from crossing the road by a passing military cavalcade. The golden helmets and silver swords of the soldiers on horseback shone as the weak sun broke through the clouds. How lucky was I to have this dazzling cavalcade of magnificent horses… Read More A Parisian Parade
On a recent visit to L’Orangerie, the building set in the Jardin des Tuilleries which houses Monet’s waterlilies in an oval display, I pondered this question. Art critics and ordinary people who love or loathe art all seem to if not fall in love, then certainly feel benign towards the artist’s obsession with these liquid… Read More Why is Monet So Popular ?
I was washing my hair this morning and 5hought “The next time I do this I’ll be in Paris” and instantly smiled-well actually I started to sing..a French song naturally! The transition to my life in France for the next three months has started and I feel both excited and impatient. When I tell people… Read More Au Revoir Australie…Encore!
Canberra does autumn so well. Its the best Australian capital- bar Hobart- to dieplay the glorious colours of dying leaves against the backdrop of a pellucid blue sky and tranquil lake. But the window of opportunity to relish the perfect days between Easter and Anzac Day can be brief so it’s important to make the… Read More In Celebration of Small Things: Seasonal Beauty By The Lake