Paris at night…instapeeks


No matter how many times I go to Paris (believe me, I still have to pinch myself being just a train ride away…) there is just something so lovely about the Tour Eiffel. Maybe it’s the memory of that feeling of the first time I was in Paris about 10 years ago or the joy of being able to take so many people I love there for a visit. I’ve never been up, and don’t know if I ever will go up, I just can’t imagine the paris skyline without madame Eiffel. Enjoy a few more pics of Paris at night from this weekend and check out more on instagram!

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Finally, I’m happy to announce the winner of the Taste of Burgundy giveaway, Jessica from Hola Yessica! Thanks to everyone for following! Hope you can visit Burgundy soon!

Here’s to more many more Beautiful Journeys!

Besos, Dianne

Links for le Weekend

French Cheese

I’ve been out and about this week showing an old friend the beauty of Burgundy. We’ve walked in the rain in Dijon, bought mustard and pain d’epice, found delicious perfumes at L’Occitane, driven through the snowy countryside (major snow in France this week!), tasted ridiculously expensive wine in Beaune, and dined on creamy Mont d’Or cheese. This weekend we are off to Paris to see the Christmas lights and bid her adieu as she heads back to California (not so hard to return to either!). Hopefully we can make it out to visit her in California soon! What are you up to this weekend?

The example of grace under fire, Jackie O has always been one of my style stars.

Wondering how much your trip will cost? These budget posts from Lost in Travel are making me dream.

 I love this moody and swanky Thanksgiving table.

A few tips from Postcards from Rachel will keep you calm when you travel with your camera.

Isabel Marant’s essentials for French Style.

And, don’t forget to leave a comment here to win a Taste of Burgundy! Sunday is the last chance to enter!

Bon Weekend! Thanks for reading!

Besos, Dianne

Under the Christmas Tree: Books for the Francophile

There is little over a month left before Christmas, have you written up your wish list? I always love giving or getting a book, so here’s a list of a lovely books that any Frenchie fan would love.
For the Foodie:

Mastering the Art of French Eating: Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in Paris by Ann Mah. Moving to France and learning to eat, who could ask for more? Follow Ann Mah as she makes who way through France, through the cuisine, and through a year on her own.

The Little Paris Kitchen by Rachel Khoo is a Brit taking on French cooking in her tiny Paris kitchen. She turned her tiny kitchen into a private restaurant for two, inviting strangers in to test the books recipes-if she can make boeuf Bourgignon in her little space, so can we, right?

Before I ever imagined I’d be living in France, I read My Life in France and became eternally enthralled with French cuisine and the idea that it’s never to late to find your passion thanks to the witty and inspiring Julia Child.

For the Fashionista:

Parisian Chic, A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange. If any woman embodies the essence of easy Parisian chic it must be Ms. Fressange. This little book offers ideas to keep in mind to be effortlessly chic anywhere and anytime. The illustrations and red leather binding are adorable too.

Ex Paris Vogue Editor, Carine Roitfeld’s book, Irreverent takes a look at her beginnings in the world of fashion with highlights from her best editorials for Paris Vogue. Fashion and Photography.

For the Francophile:

Paris versus New York– I keep saying how similar France and the US are since I’ve moved here, this clever book with side by side illustrations of each city’s character is the proof.

If you really want to get France (or if you’re making the move) Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong is a must read. It’s opening my eyes to so much about how things work here!

Paris in Color- a gorgeous and unique collection of Nichole Robertson’s photos of the city of light, in color!

For the Romantic:

If you haven’t read it yet, add it to your wishlist.  A Moveable Feast is Hemingway’s quintessential portrait of the ex-pats of the 1920’s hanging with Gertrude Stien and Picasso and sipping cafe’s on Saint Germain.

Any books you’d add to the list?
Besos, Dianne
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