Saturday, July 12, 2014

Walking around Paris

Camille Pissarro - Rue Saint-Honoré, dans l'après-midi.

This gorgeous painting by Pissarro of the Rue Saint-Honore in the afternoon.

Living in country France, I grab every opportunity to go to Paris.  Sometimes just for the day.  I did that recently, to meet a friend, and couldn't resist a bit of shopping.  Nowhere are there more beautiful shops than the Rue Saint-Honore.  I shop other places too but this one has it all.

You can shop, have a tea at the Hotel Costes or the Mandarin Oriental and consider it a perfect day.

Of course, wear a pair of comfortable shoes.  While these may not be the most beautiful, they are a bit funky and fun.  I have several pair and was talked into them by a sales person in Beverly Hills.  I just couldn't see myself in them and now that's all I want to wear.

Here are a couple of them for you to see.

Bernie Mev .....for comfort


More Bernie Mev


Just click on the links above and you will see lots of different styles.

You will thank me for this just as I thanked the sales person who sold them to me.    I love the wedge but they also come in flats.  Let me know what you think.

I hope you can come to Paris and walk around.  It is the best walking city in the world and there is always something you haven't seen before.

A bientôt

Audrey

Friday, May 23, 2014

Small Pleasures



When I want a special treat, I head to the Cafe Errel in Perigueux, about 30 minutes from my home in France.  It is there that I have a cup of the most delicious Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee.  If you know it, you will probably agree to its deliciousness, if you don't please try it as it is so special.  I love coffee but can't stand the bitterness, this coffee does not have it.

Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee is a classification of coffee grown in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica. The best lots of Blue Mountain coffee are noted for their mild flavour and lack of bitterness. Over the last several decades, this coffee has developed a reputation that has made it one of the most expensive and sought-after coffees in the world. Over 80% of all Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee is exported to Japan.[1] In addition to its use for brewed coffee, the beans are the flavour base of Tia Maria coffee liqueur.



Click here for the Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee beans


For those of you with Keurig coffee machines, they now make Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee for your machine.




 Click here for Keurig Blue Mountain Coffee Pods

I think you will love it.

In addition to this coffee the Errel cafe specialises in the best of the best.  I also love their Kusmi Tea.

They have many varieties but this is the one that caught my eye so I bought it today.  I came home and tried it and can truly say it is absolutely delicious and full of exotic spices. 



Click here for the delicious tea bags

It is a smooth and spicy blend of black China tea, liquorice roots, spices, guarana seed and pink pepper
Ginseng and guarana bring you energy and vitality, spices aid digestion, liquorice delivers a smooth taste.

It's the little things that count and find what pleases you and indulge.

Until next time.

A Bientôt

Audrey







Monday, May 19, 2014

A Beautiful Day In Brantome France the Perigord


When I want to experience a beautiful day in the French countryside I frequently go to the village of Brantome, about 30 minutes from my home in the Perigord.

It is a real living village with the beautiful Abbye, lots of shopping, restaurants and gorgeous views.

We went this morning and it was very hot but with my camera in tow and a hat on my head, I enjoyed every moment.


There is a beautiful house on the river that I adore.



We stopped for lunch on the terrace of the lovely Relais and Chateaux Hotel Le Moulin De L'Abbye and had a gorgeous meal.



 photo by tripadvisor.com

I love shopping at this antique linen shop in a cave on the main walking street.


Don't forget to bring the essentials, like a great tote to carry all your new treasures in.

French market tote

Darling Ann Taylor straw hat



Come to the Dordogne and enjoy all the beauty it has to offer, you won't be sorry. There is so much more to La France than Paris, Provence and the Cote D'Azur though I love all of them too.

A Bientôt

Audrey

Monday, May 5, 2014

From France with love


Another day, another market.  That's what we do in country France almost every weekend.

I am frequently asked what I do in La Tour Blanche so I thought I would just mention a couple of the things that fill my days.  

This market was in Aix en Provence a simply beautiful place to be.


There is nothing like the open air food markets where you can get local produce all spring and summer long.



The roses are in bloom in my garden and though I don't really do much gardening, thanks to my gardener I have the most beautiful roses ever.


Nothing is better than inviting friends over for lemonade and little cakes.  

We do a lot of entertaining in rural France.  Going to a friends home and having friends come to your home is how we spend many evenings here.

So we shop, we eat and we travel.  Not too different from what I do when I am in the US.

I have two web sites that keep me busy.  There are some different things on each of them. On www.frenchvintagehome.com  I can put new French items while on Etsy it is only vintage.

Thanks to all of you who follow French Vintage Home, I am thrilled and excited to see the number of you who have signed on to get my blog and newsletter.

Natural washed linen tote


The Flea markets of France


A visit to a flea market can be the highlight of a trip to France: a lively encounter with everyday French culture, an exciting way to spend a few hours, and a chance to pick up a unique souvenir or add to a collection. The Flea Markets of France is the indispensable tool for getting the most out of your visit. 

I hope you come to visit.

A Bientôt

Audrey

Monday, April 7, 2014

Slimming down your suitcase

photo by travel-and-go.com


As I have travelled extensively in my life, I have been asked to pass on some of my tips for making the trip as easy as possible.  

I have been to most of the fifty United States, most of the countries in Europe, many countries in Southeast Asia and South America. I have flown in excess of six million miles on American Airlines alone.  

One would think I have it down but really I don't.  I have to think about it every time I fly.  I do try and keep a shelf in my armoire ready with things I use on every trip. I do not use these things between trips.  They are packed in large zip lock bags ready to be thrown into my suitcase.

1.  small bottle of foundation, blush, mascara, concealer, eye shadow, lip and eye pencils.
2.  minimum amount of lingerie ( wash as you go)
3.  duplicates of vitamins and medication I use every day
4.  one round hairbrush and 2 hair clips
5.  travel size versions of shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, cologne, moisturizer, contact lens solution and case.
6.  my passport and travel documents in a small bag

Now when you are ready to pack all you have to do is pull these 6 zip lock bags, put them in the bottom of your bag and add you clothes.

If you can get everything into one carry on bag, that's the best.  I usually cannot do this, I wish I could.  You will need an additional small carry on for your electronics. An additional problem for me is getting the heavy bag into the overhead bin so I usually have to rely on the nice young man behind me to do this.

Now for the bag.  Depending on where you are going, you should be able to get by with using a basic colour palette.  Black is always good, you can go almost anywhere wearing black pants, white shirt and black sweater or jacket. Black, tan, grey and a pop of colour is best.
Here is a picture of a great assortment of clothes if you are going to Europe this summer.



If you could pack by outfit it would make unpacking much easier and your outfit would be ready to wear once you arrive.

My favourite carry on bag is by Tumi.  Here is one version.

Tumi carry on bag


I hope this helps you and remember, if you are going to Africa or any country without reliable air conditioning, bring a mosquito net for your bed and a hook to hang it on.  Believe me, you will be glad you did.

Bon Voyage

AUDREY









Tuesday, April 1, 2014

My Travels





photo by.....lafarandula.blogspot.com

This post is about ten things I can't live without when traveling. Today I am going to take a little different twist on this subject as I travel a lot and I cannot choose only ten things.

Because I live between Dallas and France, I make that trip about seven times a year.  In addition I have traveled extensively in the Far East including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines.  I have trekked in the mountains of Nepal and spent time in Kathmandu. I have been to almost every country in Europe and have been to Israel.  I have flown over six million miles on American Airlines alone.

Okay, so one would think I am great at packing, traveling light, knowing what to take and what not to take and all the little tricks that make traveling fun.  Not so fast, I tend to take too much luggage, and have never gotten the hang of two bottoms and four tops.  For me every bottom needs a top, shoes and a bag.  What is wrong with me?

Today I am writing from the Admirals Club in New York on my way to Paris.  With me is a very large duffle bag with a tag marked "HEAVY", a dog stroller for my sweet little Maltese Skye, a computer and IPad bag, a purse and a carry on as large as I can fit in the overhead bin and I have to ask the nice young man in the line behind me to put it in the overhead as I cannot get it above my head

Everyone gives me travelling tips on how to go away for two weeks with one carry on bag. I am going to pass these tips along to you,  I don't necessarily follow them.

I can give you ten things but it depends on where I am going.  Since I go between Dallas and France so often I will use that trip as my guide.

Mostly these come from friends as I cannot travel light.

1. Four outfits, all interchangeable.......  Not me.
2. Two pair of shoes, one for day and one for night......  How can they do that?
3. One round hairbrush instead of the two or three I take.
4. One scarf that will go with everything.......  I need one for every outfit.
5. Two bras and two panties..........  I won't even tell you how many I take.
6. One nightie
7. 3 oz jars and bottles of toiletries......  I need my cologne, contact lens solution, two toothbrushes, vitamins, meds etc.
8. One black outfit, pants, top, shoes and bag.  This will take you anywhere
9. Two pieces of jewelry
10. No food......  Please, don't ask what I have with me.  Have you seen the new whipped peanut butter?  I know they don't have that in France so I am arriving fully stocked. Sriracha, sugarless maple syrup, baked lentil chips, Skinny Cow candy bars, gummy bears in Easter coffee mugs for my friends, Avalon Biotin shampoo and conditioner, surely I have forgotten something. 

Anyway, I hope you have lots of fun traveling and do as I say, not as I do to make your trip as pleasant as possible.

Bon Voyage

Audrey

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Green, turquoise and its variations



Did you know that green apples have fewer calories than red apples?  Green grapes have fewer calories than red grapes, green peppers have less calories than red peppers and on and on...........


photo by stofo.deviantart.com




What a gorgeous colour turquoise is.  I love it.

photo by littledreamerstutus.com

photo yourstylejourney

Oscar de la Renta

Collectors weekly.com






A bientôt

Audrey