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A French Woman’s Little Black Book

A French Woman’s Little Black Book


Every French woman has one.

It is what allows her to look chic and perfectly coiffed, to host the most magnificent of dinners and to be the consummate hostess.

This carnet d’adresses contains the detail of every boutique, seamstress, butcher, winery, florist, salon and food shop she holds dear.


French society post monarchy was based on equalizing the population.  Never again would the classes be at such extreme odds.

However being equal doesn’t have to mean that all things are equal and no one knows this more than a French woman.

To share a name with you is a sign of respect….of letting you in to her circle of trust.  It doesn’t happen easily and it definitely does not happen if you ask.

You must be patient.


France is a word of mouth country.

Many of the best places to eat, sleep and shop are not found on the internet.  These are locations whose names are passed along verbally.  Their reputations have been built over time and they have a steady, comfortable pace of business.

In other words, they are happy with what they have and prefer to retain the quality and service that they are known for.

To find these sources you have to be willing to put in the time and effort to unearth them.


Do I have my own carnet d’adresses?  Absolument.

It was built up over years of travel and refined by years of living here.

The time spent driving around France allows me to scout out and test possible additions.  Some addresses make it in to my book.  Many do not.

After all, a French woman must keep her standards high, n’est ce pas?

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Fall Brocante

Fall Brocante

I really enjoy brocantes in the fall.


The air is cooler, the winds calmer and the crowds smaller.

It’s nice to be able to stroll through the booths at a relaxed pace, not worrying about finishing up before the intense heat kicks in.


Almost all brocantes in France have food.  The fall brings a multitude of seafood, all of it fresh.


Brocantes and food?  The perfect way to spend a day in France.

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Loving Bordeaux France

Loving Bordeaux France

There are some places that just grab your attention.  Bordeaux is one of those for me.


Every time I visit,


I fall a little more in love.


It has the feel of a small Paris.


Similar architecture,


wonderful restaurants,


beautiful parks.


I can’t wait to return….


and luckily it’s right on the way when we visit family.

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