Links for le Weekend


Old town, Troyes, France


The long weekend has started! La Toussaint has come, Halloween is finished, and we’re taking the opportunity to head to Switzerland. We’ll spend two days in Geneva devouring some chocolate and fondue, enjoying the peaceful lake and old town, and window shopping at Rolex (but, of course!). If you’ve been to Geneva I’d love to hear your tips! Send them along via a comment or on Twitter. Stay tuned to Instagram for some shots of the weekend too.

Celebrating Halloween or enjoying the long weekend in France, here are a few fun links for your weekend pleasure. 

These Oak trees in Louisiana are hauntingly spectacular. 

Earl Grey cupcakes with a side of Downton Abbey. Be still my heart. 

She dressed some of my favorite films. 

Flemish painters get a makeover with Valentino.

Where’s Banksy? Chasing him in New York 

And, in case you missed them…

They’re celebrating colorful Dia de los Muertos in Mexico today.

Bringing your travels home with words.

My Tips for learning the language and living abroad. 

Have a spectacular weekend!

Thanks for reading! Celebration for over 100 followers is in the works! 

Besos, Dianne

Links for le weekend


September is officially here, indian summer and rainstorms included. I actually can’t wait for a few clouds and rain drops to really hunker down and finish season 3 of The Killing. Have you seen it? This weekend I’ll be sleeping late, heading to the market for some fresh veggies, and catching up on my August Paris Vogue. A pretty chill plan, but sometimes it’s nice to have some time have some me time. What will you be up to?

Just in case it’s going to be a rainy weekend in your neck of the woods too, here are few favorite posts from around the web this week…

These untranslatable words are so beautiful. Any words you’d add? Maybe la rentrée...

I’m totally in the mood for lusciously purple figs that are piled high in the market this week. Indulge before their out of season with this gorgeous recipe from decor8.

If you’re heading to Paris you should definitely buy the Paris Pastry Shops app by David Lebowitz- with reviews, metro stops, and maps you’ll never be lost in the hour of need.

Mamma mia, I must get back to Italy soon. The fantastic photos by What Katie Ate have inspired me.

And, this might be just the right look to go from summer into fall, what do you think?

And, in case you missed them, here are a few extra posts from A Beautiful Journey…

I’ll be hitting the backroads of Burgundy for work again next week and keeping my eyes peeled for more medieval castles around the countryside like in the stunning town Châteauneuf-en-Auxois.

Here’s a sneak peek at my cutie cute ville, Dijon, during last May’s Nuit des Musées.

And another Dijon gem, don’t miss out on a Bike Ride on the Burgundy Canal.

Thanks so much for reading and following! I can’t wait to celebrate 100 followers soon!

And, don’t forget to leave me a comment to let me know what you think!

Bon weekend!

Besos, Dianne

At home: Modern Marie Antoinette

I’m on my way back to France today. We’ll be on the road for a long 17 hour drive from St. Jacques de Compostelle back to Dijon.  I’m sure by the time we get to our apartment tonight it is going to feel like a palace and we’ll be sleeping like royalty after being away … and then we’ll wake up again in our Ikea clad abode.*

Thinking of kings and queens, I can’t help but go back to the extravagant bedrooms in Versailles – matching fabric on the walls, beds, and chairs, gold molding, curvaceous lines, baroque busts and candelabra, all together it can all be a bit overwhelming. But, lately I’ve been leaning more towards the opulent versus the minimal (too much Ikea, maybe?) and I’ve noticed a few Versailles style details in design magazines and blogs lately. If you’re leaning toward the opulent too, here’s some inspiration to give your place some modern French royal flair.

1) Find a few fat, curvy, voluptuous tables. Paired with modern details or a bright color they seem just dreamy enough.
2) Add some plush, gold rimmed chairs. Upholstered in rich velvets or bold patterns they could go classic or original.
3) Put up some opulent yet playful wallpaper. Rich, organic patterns make a space look so posh. And, I love those flamingoes!
So, what do you think, modern Marie Antoinette, yay or nay??
* I actually love our little place. Finding an apartment in France coming soon!