Bonnes Fêtes!

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One day left! Are you ready? With nearly all the shopping done and a safe arrival to Spain, I’m taking it easy with some Christmas movies and delicious cookies for the next few days. Here’s wishing you a  Joyeux Noël from the delightful shop windows on Boulevard Haussmann in Paris that we were lucky enough to see (such unbelievable crowds!) on a little jaunt out to Paris a few weeks ago. Here’s wishing you lots merry-making in the last few days before Noël!

Besos, Dianne

Links for le weekend


Twelve days until Christmas! Dijon has been enveloped in a frosty Narnia-esque fog all week making for dreamy white landscapes, we’ve enjoyed our first hot wine of the season, the company Christmas party was last night, and I’ve got a million and one great ideas for presents for the people I love…it really is starting to feel a lot like Christmas! As the last weekend in France before we hit the road for navidad in Spain I’m looking forward to heading back to Marche de Noel with some friends, finishing up some last minute shopping, and baking some cookies for a cookie swap with students next week. What will you be up to this weekend?

Here are a few great ideas and links I’ve enjoyed lately…

I brought some mint extract all the way from the states to finally make these Homemade Thin Mints from SpoonForkBacon for Christmas this year, can’t wait!

Simple ideas from Rachel Khoo to make holiday entertaining easier.

LOVE that West Michigan is Lonely Planet’s NUMBER 1 travel destination for 2014!

Dear Santa, please bring me a summer castle in France like la Socelière. Thanks.

Things Parisians do, ha!

A few easy DIY pressies from Love and Cupcakes: Lavender Sea Salt and S’mores Hot Cocoa.

And in case you’ve missed any of my holiday posts, here are a few of the most popular…

Gingerbread Traditions and recipes from France and the USA.

Warm and Bright: Christmas in Oviedo, Spain

Under the Christmas Tree: Books for the Francophone

Thanks for reading! Bon weekend!

Besos, Dianne

Warm and Bright : Navidad in Oviedo, Spain


Tucked between the beautiful Cantabrian coast and the Picos de Europa mountains, Asturias is not the sunny and sandy Spain that you imagine. Gorgeous coasts and green mountains, delicious cheese and crisp cider, Asturias is a part of Spain you must see. I had the chance to visit the capital Oviedo around Christmas a few years ago and fell in love – warm colored buildings, a lively downtown, delicious Fabada stew and endless sidra, not to mention one of my favorite cathedrals in the world and beautiful Christmas lights. Add Asturias to your must see list in Spain.


Besos, Dianne