24 September 2018

Vaux-le-Vicomte at the movies #1

 A fairytale castle and gardens...

Last week I was invited to an exclusive press preview at Vaux-le-Vicomte that included afternoon tea with the owner and, in a tribute to Roger Moore - who passed away last year and played James Bond in Moonraker, filmed at the château - a surprise helicopter ride along with a lucky few to behold the castle from the air, as in the famous scene when 007 catches sight of this magical palace for the first time.

The occasion: this year, once again, and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its opening to the public, Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte has opened its doors for a behind-the-scenes experience into the magic of movie making, with something for everyone.

Besides Moonraker the 17th century castle that inspired Versailles has been the setting for some eighty films including Marie-Antoinette, Valmont, The Three Musketeers, Molière, Man In The Iron Mask, Gene Wilder's Start The Revolution Without Me, Versailles the series and most recently, L'Empereur de Paris starring Vincent Cassel.

The exhibition features spectacular sets, dazzling period costumes, interactive activities, guided tours, astonishing virtual visuals, special effects make-up workshops, plus more surprises in store.

For all ages.

Less than an hour from Paris.

Vaux-le-Vicomte At The Movies 2018
(click on film)
- Visit website for schedule of candlelit evenings -

September 22 - November 4


Tomorrow: a bird's eye view

 - Full article soon in The Good Life France Magazine -

23 September 2018

Season of the fig

Fresh figs are in season and I could have sworn I heard this figgy tarte whisper my name....

Boulangerie Terroirs d'Avenir
3 rue du Nil 75002

21 September 2018

Mucha style

Often imitated, his posters and paintings are instantly recognizable the world over, yet few know his name: he's Alphonse Mucha, Czech Art Nouveau icon (1860-1939) who lived and worked on the Butte Montmartre and whose prolific body of work became known as, "The Mucha Style."

Alphonse Mucha
Musée du Luxembourg
19 rue de Vaugirard 75006

Until January 27, 2019

20 September 2018

French toasts

Unless it's an Anglo eatery, in France, French Toast will appear in the dessert section of the menu as pain perdu and is not served as breakfast.

Above: bistrot versions of pain perdu as lunch and dinner desserts:

1) creatively rounded into a "cake" form with a layer of tart rhubarb inside
2) lusciously caramelized and served with vanilla ice cream
(click to enlarge)

Below: breakfast / brunch French toasts at Franco-Australian Hardware Société, Montmartre

- Where to find these and more in upcoming October newsletter -

18 September 2018

Café des fleurs #2

Just like its name, a great place for a tête-à-tête. 

7 rue Notre Dame de Bonne Nouvelle 75002

private events, meetings, parties