Category: Lifestyle

French Fancies: Cristaseya

We’re staying partly with fashion in Paris this week but today’s brand doesn’t have the same accessibility of those of the last few weeks. Rue Ambroise Thomas is not just a quiet Parisian dead-end street. Up on the first floor of number 7, unmarked… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Cristaseya”

French Fancies: Maje

Last week, I looked at Parisian fashion brand Sandro. This week it’s the turn of sister brand Maje. Paris has always been the fashion capital and Maje is a certifiably Parisian brand. But, first and foremost, Maje is a family business……. Judith Milgrom’s, to be specific.… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Maje”

The house where Jean lived

What would you do if you invited someone to spend a week at your holiday home and he decided to redecorate it and then he decided to stay – indefinitely?  Sounds like the stuff of nightmares, mine at the very least. But hostess Francine… Continue Reading “The house where Jean lived”

French Fancies: Sandro

It’s the time of the week when I showcase French brands, generally those I love and whose products I use. As you know, I’m particularly fond of family-run companies. This weekend I’m turning my attention to fashion brand Sandro whose DNA is resolutely Parisian –… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Sandro”

French Fancies: Jacques Genin

In the run-up to Easter, I’m going to be celebrating all things chocolate. After all, who doesn’t love chocolate? Today I’m featuring a chocolatier whose shop I frequent when in Paris and order online. These are sweet treats to linger over, to appreciate and… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Jacques Genin”

French Fancies: Basque chocolate – L’Atelier du Chocolat

This week my heart is in the Basque Country following the bike race of the same name consequently I’m looking at all things Basque (French and Spanish). With a nod to Easter, I’m kicking off with Basque chocolate from Bayonne. L’Atelier du Chocolat is a… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Basque chocolate – L’Atelier du Chocolat”

French Fancies: Lartigue 1910

Continuing the Basque theme, this week and next, I’m looking at (French) Basque companies which make products in the area. You may not be familiar with such products, but they are real institutions in the Basque Country. In 1910 Calixte and Anastasie Lartigue established… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Lartigue 1910”

French fancies: Salomon

This week I’m getting out of the kitchen and into the wide outdoors with today’s French brand Salomon where I’m taking a look at their (currently) ultra-fashionable and wholly desirable footwear.  On the face of it, Salomon shouldn’t be cool. Founded in 1947 in… Continue Reading “French fancies: Salomon”

French Fancies: Staub

We’re still in the kitchen lusting over French artisanal products. Today’s company is a relative youngster, dating merely from 1974 and has since passed just across the border (2008) into German hands (ZWILLING J.A. Henckels).  The company’s home region of Alsace has a celebrated… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Staub”

The House where Prince Albert II lives

I’ve written about many of the buildings in Monaco but not where the Monaco Royal Family hang out. So I thought I’d remedy that omission this week. Situated on a rocky promontory, the Prince’s Palace of Monaco (Palais Princier) is the official residence of the… Continue Reading “The House where Prince Albert II lives”