DH had a business trip in Philadelphia, so on our recent trip to the U.S. we spent 6 days in the city, taking the an AMTRAK train from Penn Station in New York. DH was travelling with work associates and out of the city quite a lot, so my mother flew down from Toronto to […]


Our MoMA Moment

Aside from seeing many, many friends, the one thing we absolutely wanted to do in New York was to pay a visit to MoMA. We spotted some Raushenberg, Warhol, and Ruscha. And Little Miss slept most of the time so we could really take the time to appreciate our visit! The Museum of Modern Art, […]

A block away from the Cronut

We’re now in Philadelphia for my husband’s work but while we were in New York we stayed in Soho, a block away from Dominique Ansel and his famous cronut-making bakery. Every morning we would wake up and pass the queues of people camping out for the croissant-donut hybrid and get in the shorter line for […]

Last week in the Loire Valley

This is our last week in the Loire Valley before we finally head back to Paris next Wednesday after spending the entire summer away. One of my favourite things that we did this summer was a late afternoon visit to the majestically beautiful Château de Chenonceau. The château was built in 1513 and has had […]

On Bastille Day

We had a low-key Bastille Day in the Loire Valley. I was slightly tempted at some point to bring Little Miss out for her first fireworks display but in the end rest and relaxation won out. In the afternoon we visited Fontevraud L’Abbaye, a town that’s 5 minutes from us, and home to a magnificent […]

A visit to Château du Rivau

On Saturday we visited the Château du Rivau for their Fête de Jardin. The garden is perfect for little kids with big imaginations: you will encounter all manner of “enchanted” creatures (above and below). Mysterious towers… And works of art. This was my favourite “folie” but there’s much, much more to see, including all sorts […]

Are we headed for the worst summer ever?

This May has been one of the wettest ever, and according to Météo France, there’s only a 10% chance that we’ll have a warm and dry summer! A few days ago this stormy sky suddenly appeared as I was working on the second floor. The horizon was very menacing but the field just before, in […]

A visit to the market in the Loire Valley

We’re back in the Loire Valley for a couple of weeks, enjoying the country air, but not the weather, as it’s currently quite grey and flooded everywhere. On Sunday, we visited one of our local markets in Chinon to stock up for the week. These white asparagus were a third of the price of those […]

Long “Pont” weekend in France

We’re at my husband’s family house in the Loire Valley as this is a “Pont” weekend in France, which means that as yesterday and today are holidays, people often take Friday off as well to create a bridge (“pont”) to the weekend. It’s wonderful being away and as soon as we arrived we went for […]