Tuesday, March 10, 2015

By Invitation Only

photo by quizz.biz

With the topic of the month flower power, I am in the right place. I am on La Côte Fleurie in Normandy France.  The floral coast begins in Honfleur one of the most beautiful cities in France.

The name "Côte Fleurie" has become a "tourist concept" propagated with the development of tourism and the need to distinguish the different landscapes of the French coast, while summarizing the main feature that distinguishes it from other Cotes  in France.

The term refers to the pleasant countryside and flowers of the hinterland and the many seaside resorts. 

There are flowers everywhere, beautiful flowers. 

We stayed at the fabulous Normandy hotel in Deauville. The magnificent beauty and luxury of this fabulous hotel prepared us for what was to come.

Photo by booking.com

We went to the Normandy beaches and the American cemetery where the soldiers that gave their lives during the second world war are buried, all 9300 of them.  It was a very emotional moment for all of us, hard to believe. 

We started at Omaha beach, where the invasion took place, then we went to the cemetery with all the white crosses and star of Davids.

Though I had seen pictures numerous times, seeing it for real was unbelievable.  I viewed it through tear filled eyes.

The Normandy landings (codenamed Operation Neptune) were the landing operations on 6 June 1944 (termed D-Day) of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. The largest seaborne invasion in history, the operation began the invasion of German-occupied western Europe, led to the liberation of France from Nazi control, and contributed to an Allied victory in the war.

There are flowers everywhere, here are some pictures of veterans returning to the area.

What a wonderful week I had.  We finished the week in Paris which continues to show me something new no matter how many times I have been there.

Roses from the flower shop next to the Hotel Costes.

Wishing you all a beautiful flowery day.

A Bientôt


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A bit of This and a bit of That

photo from hipparis.com

As most of you know, I live part time in France and part time in Dallas.  I have been in the US for awhile and it is now time to return to my home in the French countryside.  I love both places.

I would like to leave you with a new recipe I just tried.  It is delicious.  It is a Grilled Seafood Salad .

From the New York Times on Pinterest

This seafood salad, sizzled on a grill (or in a grill pan or under the broiler), delivers lightly smoky swagger and, thanks to radicchio, a welcome edge of bitterness. A substantial salad, it can be a curtain raiser or part of a buffet for summer dinner at home. It might even be carried to a picnic. But it begs to be served a bit warm.


  • 12 large shrimp, peeled
  • ½ pound sea scallops, hard tendon removed
  • ½ pound swordfish, skinless, in 1 1/2-inch chunks
  • 2 small to medium calamari, cleaned
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  •  Salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 small head radicchio, quartered
  • 2 slices sourdough bread from the center of a round loaf
  • 3 scallions, trimmed and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon capers in vinegar, drained
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon minced flat-leaf parsley leaves


  1. Combine shrimp, scallops, swordfish and calamari in a bowl. Toss with 2 tablespoons oil and 1 tablespoon vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Light the grill.
  2. When hot, use either a grill pan or eight or more thin bamboo skewers, soaked, to cook the seafood. If using a grill pan, heat the pan and brush it with a little oil before adding the shrimp, scallops, calamari and swordfish. Or thread everything but the calamari on the skewers, using 2 skewers at a time so the food will be secure. Sear the seafood, turning it to cook both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Remove to a large cutting board as it finishes cooking. Sear the calamari directly on the grill or in the grill pan, about 2 minutes per side. Add to cutting board. Sear the radicchio quarters briefly, turning once, and toast the bread on the grill. Add to the cutting board.
  3. Cut the shrimp in thirds, the scallops and swordfish in half, and slice the calamari thin. Pile in a bowl with the remaining olive oil, vinegar, the scallions and capers. Coarsely chop the grilled radicchio. Add to the bowl. Rub the toasted bread with the garlic, dice it and add it to the bowl. Toss, season with salt and pepper, fold in the parsley and serve warm.
  4. To show my appreciation to all of you followers, I am giving you a head start to the yearly French Vintage Home white sale.  It will start April 1 but today you can buy this sheet at a vastly reduced price. Just click on the link below for the sheet details....

French vintage sheet on sale


Thank you all for your loyalty and support.

A Bientôt

Thursday, February 12, 2015

House for sale

photo by cherryhillsun.com

I am going to sell my house in La Tour Blanche France.  No, I am not giving up on France and I will continue my French Vintage Home web sites but I would like to sell my beautiful house in the French countryside. It is located in the Dordogne area of France.

If you would like more information and lots of pictures about this house you can get it by clicking this link.....

If you have any questions, be sure and contact me at audreyfriedman1@gmail.com

The price is about $240,000 US dollars depending on the fluctuation of the dollar.  At the moment the dollar is very strong so it is a very good buy for Americans.  If the house interests you, let's talk.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Merci Beaucoup


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Thanksgiving weekend in New York

I love New York and here I am, Thanksgiving weekend, sharing my favorite things with you.
Of course the fabulous food. Thanksgiving dinner with my family was fantastic, the food was superb and the family fun was too.

I love what I cannot get in France..... bagels, smoked salmon and cream cheese. No one does it like
Barney Greengrass on the upper West side.

I always get my hair done when I am here and one of the products I love is:

L'Oreal Liss serum

This is wonderful used after your shampoo and before you dry your hair.  Follow directions.

I went to the theatre and saw the show Beautiful.  It is the story of Carol King, shades of the past. It was fabulous and the music brought back lots of memories.

I have recommended these shoes before and because of the incredible response from my readers, I want to mention them again.
They are without a doubt the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn.  I just bought these bronze booties and love them.

Bernie Mev Booties

I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving weekend as much as I did.

A Bientøt


Monday, November 10, 2014

My Best Day

One of the best days I can recall is the subject for todays blog.

The year I decided at the spur of the moment to go to Paris, from my home in country France, for a few days around Christmas.

Without a doubt the view down the Champs Elysees is brilliant. Last year they changed it but not for the better, I hope they go back to this scene again.

I treated myself to a few days at the beautiful and iconcic Hotel Georges V . I invited a few friends over and had a chance to catch up over tea in their gorgeous dining room.

tripadvisor.com photo

You will be blown away by the magnificent flowers at the George V done by the incredible florist to the stars Jeff Leatham.


Jeff Leatham flowers...click here

Restaurants in Paris are usually very good.  If you see a cute little bistro while walking around, the chances are you will get a good meal if you choose to stop.  We did just that and had the moules frites, they were perfect.

For dinner we went to  Hélène Darroze, it doesn't get better than that.   www.helenedarroze.com

I cannot remember the first time I was taken to La Stella but I do remember the last time, it was that Christmas trip.  I have to say it hasn't changed in twenty years, still wonderful.

Since most of Paris's storied brasseries are now owned by corporate chains and serve  mediocre food, it's a pleasure to head to one of the last remaining independent ones in a quiet corner of the silk-stocking 16th arrondissement for a fine feed of such well-prepared French classics as onion soup, escargots, sole meunière, steak tartare, roast lamb and other Gallic standards. The people-watching here might be subtitled "the discreet charm of the bourgeoisie", service is efficient and this place has what the French call du gueule, or real character. rue Victor Hugo in the 16th.

Wishing that today will be your best day yet.


Saturday, November 8, 2014

All About Comfort

"Travel.  As much as you can.  As far as you can.  As long as you can.  Life's not meant to be lived in one place."

Gentleman's quote  tumblr

This is so true and for me, living in two countries, I do it often.  It is so important to be comfortable on those long flights.  If you feel the same way, I am showing you a few of my favorite things that make me feel good.

I just bought my latest pair of Bernie Mev shoes, the elastic booties.  You won't know how great they feel until you try them. Though not the most stylish shoes in my closet, I tend to wear Bernie Mev for their comfort.  I can wear them all day and am not dying to take them off when I get home.  They are amazing.

Cashmere pants and top..on sale

It is important to be comfortable while still looking good. This suit fits the bill for me.  Just tie a pretty scarf around your neck and you are good to go.

A Great Neiman Marcus tote

Don't forget to throw a snack in your bag.  For me, trail mix always satisfies.  Trader Joe has a great one.

Bon Voyage

A Bientôt


Saturday, October 25, 2014

My American French Life: Picnic in the French countryside

My American French Life: Picnic in the French countryside: photo from artfire.com No one loves a pique-nique more than the French and no one does it with more style. Of course the first conside...