Category: Lifestyle

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”

Trip to Sporting d’Hiver, Monaco

Last weekend my beloved and I attended an event at Monaco’s new Sporting d’Hiver so I thought I’d look into its history. The Sporting d’Hiver was built on the site of the old Palais des Beaux-Arts, a stunning building that was inaugurated in 1893 and… Continue Reading “Trip to Sporting d’Hiver, Monaco”

French Fancies: Mauviel

I’m continuing my series on family-owned and run French businesses, which are dear to my heart, with Mauviel. Maybe you have one of their pans? How it all began Mauviel is probably the most prolific French copper cookware manufacturer and yet, for the first… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Mauviel”

French fancies: Calisson d’Aix

Today I’m looking into the provenance of a local(ish) sweet treat, one that I often gift to clients and overseas visitors. Who or what is the icon of Aix-en-Provence? Paul Cézanne, perhaps! The post-Impressionist painter certainly made this sun-kissed city, dominated by the Mount… Continue Reading “French fancies: Calisson d’Aix”

Postcard from Dubai: SEE LV Exhibition

While I was in Dubai, fashion house Louis Vuitton presented SEE LV, an immersive journey covering over 160 years of the company’s history at the Dubai Mall Fountain. The exhibition space is suspended on the water next to the Dubai Fountain. This is the… Continue Reading “Postcard from Dubai: SEE LV Exhibition”

French Fancies: Maison Boissier

When I was a kid, everyone I knew had a small tin of sweets in the glove box of their car. If I’d been brought up in France no doubt they’d have come from Maison Boissier, an authentic French institution that has delighted young and… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Maison Boissier”

Things about France that surprised me: the French love of yoghurt

In France, yogurt isn’t just a good source of protein, it’s a national pastime. Picture Willy Wonka’s namesake factory, but filled instead with an intense variety of fermented dairy products. Welcome to the yogurt aisle in France. C’est bon! There are plain yogurts anchored with… Continue Reading “Things about France that surprised me: the French love of yoghurt”

French Fancies: Emile Henry

Here’s another iconic French household brand which is also a family run business, now in its sixth generation. The company now called Emile Henry started in Burgundy in 1850 and is known worldwide for its high quality ceramic cookware. The pieces are made of… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Emile Henry”

French Fancies: Andrée Jardin

When you think of France, what comes to mind? Likely food and most definitely style. The effortlessness, the beauty, French design turns the most humdrum of tasks into something out of a Renoir painting. Sunday afternoon chores? There’s a French broom for that. Preparing dinner for your… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Andrée Jardin”

French Fancies: Galleries Lafayette

Last weekend I wrote about the rebirth of an iconic Parisian store now, here’s another albeit one which is still family-owned which also debuted in Paris. Plus, it’s my local department store at Cap 3000. Galeries Lafayette is a French department store chain, the… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Galleries Lafayette”