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The First Iris

    Faithful as winter comes to an end in Cassis the first Irises bloom. Cheering whoever listens, "Spring is near!" Oh at last. This winter with its dreadful notes left behind... Spring comes! How I long for you!                      [Author: French la Vie]
Tags: Travel, Cassis, French la Vie


The First Iris

    Faithful as winter comes to an end in Cassis the first Irises bloom. Cheering whoever listens, "Spring is near!" Oh at last. This winter with its dreadful notes left behind... Spring comes! How I long for you!                     [Author: French la Vie]
Tags: Travel, Cassis, French la Vie


Guest Post: Frank and Barbara (aka themizbliz)

  Today is a day to be thankful and to celebrate the love in our lives.   My love affair with my husband Frank began in 1998 – our marriage in 1999 brought two families with four grown children together and we now share six almost grown grandchildren who all still live nearby in Portland, Oregon.     Our love affair with France began in 2000 with our honeymoon trip. We have returned 21 times now to explore, traveling by car with a trusty atlas to allow us to change our routing at a moment’s n...
Tags: Travel, France, Portland Oregon, Frank, Vaux Le Vicomte, Corey, Louis, Alsace, Barbara, Pont du Gard, Yann, Alsace France, Cassis, Mulhouse, Millau, St Zacharie


Guest Post: Frank and Barbara (aka themizbliz)

  Today is a day to be thankful and to celebrate the love in our lives.   My love affair with my husband Frank began in 1998 – our marriage in 1999 brought two families with four grown children together and we now share six almost grown grandchildren who all still live nearby in Portland, Oregon.     Our love affair with France began in 2000 with our honeymoon trip. We have returned 21 times now to explore, traveling by car with a trusty atlas to allow us to change our routing at a moment’s n...
Tags: Travel, France, Portland Oregon, Frank, Vaux Le Vicomte, Corey, Louis, Alsace, Barbara, Pont du Gard, Yann, Alsace France, Cassis, Mulhouse, Millau, St Zacharie


Swiss-Swedish Diplomatic Row Over Crypto AG

Previously I have written about the Swedish-owned Swiss-based cryptographic hardware company: Crypto AG. It was a CIA-owned Cold War operation for decades. Today it is called Crypto International, still based in Switzerland but owned by a Swedish company. It’s back in the news: Late last week, Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde said she had canceled a meeting with her Swiss counterpart Ignazio Cassis slated for this month after Switzerland placed an export ban on Crypto International, a Swiss-ba...
Tags: Hardware, Sweden, Uncategorized, Cybersecurity, Switzerland, Espionage, Cia, Bruce Schneier, Linde, Cassis, Ann Linde, Ignazio Cassis, Crypto AG, Crypto International, Crypto AG It was a CIA, Crypto International Crypto AG


Make a Dark and Moody Whiskey Lemonade With Cassis

My bar cart is a crowded, chaotic piece of furniture. At the front, we have the stuff I use on a near-constant basis—gin, Campari, bourbon, and rye—but things get little more esoteric towards the back. As you make your way deeper into my collection of ethanol, you’ll find a lot of liqueurs and amari, including a…Read more...
Tags: Whiskey, Cocktails, Lifehacks, Moody, Cassis


Back in Marrakesh

    Well yes, I am back in Marrakesh with friends Ching and Gary. The weather is beautiful and warm with the perfumed air enticing me further and further into the souks, and the spices teasing me to take Moroccan cooking lessons.       We were supposedly looking for a rug for their apartment in Cassis but it is so easy to get sidetracked in the Medina and lost. But by some miracle, I haven't been lost and I haven't used a map, nor GPS, visuals have been my guide. That doesn't mean if someone ...
Tags: Travel, Journeys, Marrakesh, Medina, Gary, Ching, Cassis, French la Vie, El Fenn Riad


Back in Marrakesh

    Well yes, I am back in Marrakesh with friends Ching and Gary. The weather is beautiful and warm with the perfumed air enticing me further and further into the souks, and the spices teasing me to take Moroccan cooking lessons.       We were supposedly looking for a rug for their apartment in Cassis but it is so easy to get sidetracked in the Medina and lost. But by some miracle, I haven't been lost and I haven't used a map, nor GPS, visuals have been my guide. That doesn't mean if someone ...
Tags: Travel, Journeys, Marrakesh, Medina, Gary, Ching, Cassis, French la Vie, El Fenn Riad


Favorite Finds during the French la vie

  Kindred spirits when I meet people who read my blog and travel to France to share my passion. The ease and happiness amazes me, that I can meet people and we feel we know one another and instantly start talking about our lives. The French la Vie went to Cassis and even though it only has one brocante vendor everyone managed to come away with their arm's full.         Lisa, Jeanette, Patricia, and Gina.           A private brocante and breakfast at my friend Kristine's home.       Most...
Tags: Travel, France, Gina, Kristine, Brocante, Cassis, French la Vie Creative Journeys, French la Vie, Lisa Jeanette Patricia


Favorite Finds during the French la vie

  Kindred spirits when I meet people who read my blog and travel to France to share my passion. The ease and happiness amazes me, that I can meet people and we feel we know one another and instantly start talking about our lives. The French la Vie went to Cassis and even though it only has one brocante vendor everyone managed to come away with their arm's full.         Lisa, Jeanette, Patricia, and Gina.           A private brocante and breakfast at my friend Kristine's home.       Most...
Tags: Travel, France, Gina, Kristine, Brocante, Cassis, French la Vie Creative Journeys, French la Vie, Lisa Jeanette Patricia


Join Me in France

  A month ago I listed the 2020 French la Vie Journeys and am grateful how fast most of them have filled up. There are a few spots left so I am listing them here in case you are interested or know of a friend who might be. On the French la Vie Journeys we will focus on the brocante though there is so much more that we will experience.   The French la Vie starts in April until October. I have two more groups this season and then a pause until April 2020. During that pause, I will restart my B...
Tags: Travel, France, Brocante, Cassis, French la Vie Creative Journeys, French la Vie


France itinerary: 10 days from Paris to Marseille

France is one of the world’s most visited destinations for a reason. From the dreamy cultural capital of Paris to the glitz and glam of the sun-soaked Cote d’Azur, France ticks off every box. History and culture? Food and wine? Natural beauty? Art and architecture? More wine? Check, check and check. While it’s tempting to spend a whole vacation in Paris, there is more than the illustrious City of Light to experience. With easily navigable roads and a stellar train system, the options abound, and...
Tags: Travel, France, Itinerary, Unesco, Marseille, Paris, Eiffel Tower, Bordeaux, Louvre, Seine, Dailycheapo, Les Halles, Saint Tropez, Atlantic Coast, Arcachon, Cheapos


  For the next few days, I will be posting photos with little text, as I have been these last few days as I need a little break. The French la Vie groups were amazing, and the next one is coming up in a few weeks, but in the meantime, I need to focus on my friend's apartment that I have been working on in Cassis.  I will keep posting but wanted you to know that I will be doing so with photos and a few words as to catch up and give myself a little space. xxx               [Author: French...
Tags: Travel, Cassis, French la Vie


French la Vie

  The last two weeks of the French la Vie ended today. So many memorable stories, new friends Carol, Susan and Jane, good belly laughs, treasure hunting, pounds gained in more ways than the weight of antiques in boxes, miles spent in the car with snacks, part of the car flying off,  Gloria and her cat expression, Jennifer's humor, discovering antiques I have never seen before (more about that later)... A lovely full two weeks I am grateful for every moment that went by without a hitch. Now back...
Tags: Travel, Gloria, Jennifer, Jane, Cassis, French la Vie, Carol Susan


One Group of Friends Leave and Another Arrives

      Gloria and Barbara both who have been to France numerous times and whom I have come to know over the years, and Jennifer a friend from way back when I lived in the Bay area let me lead them around Provence on the French la Vie. Gloria and Barbara are textile artists so their focus was on such lace, ribbons, fabric, silks, embroidery, more lace, buttons... they managed to fill their suitcases, carry-ons, plus five big boxes between them. Jennifer loves rustic antiques, my mom would be so "...
Tags: Travel, France, Provence, Bay, Gloria, Jennifer, Barbara, Sacha, Cassis, French la Vie, French la Vie Gloria


Route de Crete Cassis

      The Route de Crete laces along the edge of the cliff along the sea between Cassis and La Ciotat. The view is breathtaking, giving you the sense of flying, as you wind along the tight turns with intense views of the sea far below.         Sheer. Profound. Far beyond and below.   The view below: Cassis.           Cap Canaille is 394 m (1,293 ft), it is the highest sea cliff of France. The rock face of Cap Canaille is called Falaises de Soubeyrannes. The rock consists of laye...
Tags: Travel, France, Provençal, Cassis, Cap Canaille, French la Vie, Cassis Cap Canaille, Cap Naio, Cap Naille


Cassis Home Renovation

  The renovation in Cassis continues. Rene and his team have been tackling the project with gusto even with the setbacks that come with additions and surprises that are found when renovating a century old property. One addition was to change the window casings which are white plastic ones known as PVC to aluminum tinted charcoal throughout the entire home.. This will give it a more loft chic appeal. Yet changing the windows was purely an aesthetic choice. Which meant a delay in the kitchen as ...
Tags: Travel, Provence, Joel, Rene, Cassis, French la Vie


Brocanteur Friends Come Over for Lunch

  Two of my favorite brocante dealers came over for lunch. Before they arrived I looked around my house and declared that they were going to find the things I sold to them, I should play a game I thought like "Find fifteen things that you sold me?" Actually, they would find more than that without even trying. I made lunch and was so excited to see Christophe and Philippe. The market in Cassis is every Wednesday and Friday, this morning I walked to the market, filled my basket with fresh seasona...
Tags: Travel, living in France, Brocante, Movable Feast, Cassis, Christophe, Aubagne, A Fisherman's House in Cassis, French la Vie, Louis Sicard, Brocante Lunch Friends Sunshine Beautiful, Philipe


Another Piece of Furniture Going up and Through the Window

  After three years of looking for the right armoire or chest of drawers for our place in Cassis one that was not too high, not too wide, not too deep, I found one. Nevertheless, even though it was perfect it would be a challenge getting it into our place. Hence the window to the rescue!             In it went, with the help of Rene, Loic, Ian, Mika and Yann. I was so excited I forgot to take a photo of how it looked once in! Photo soon to come xx        Related Stories Do You Ha...
Tags: Travel, Yann, Brocante, Cassis, A Fisherman's House in Cassis, French la Vie, Rene Loic Ian Mika


Twilight in Cassis

  Twilight in Cassis. What a sight to make one oh and ah. And every time I see Cassis I sigh, "Beautiful!" Cassis anytime never disappoints, especially at twilight. What place do you never tire of seeing?        Related Stories When You Come to ProvenceThe Incognito Kitchen Man  [Author: French la Vie]
Tags: Travel, living in France, Cassis, French la Vie


The Incognito Kitchen Man

    Standing outside the Cassis Home I waited for the kitchen cabinet maker to arrive he was running late, I rubbed my hands together wishing I had worn gloves. While I waited I saw a truck not too far away with a man sitting inside looking as if was waiting for someone, could he be the kitchen cabinet maker I wondered? Just then I received a phone call from the kitchen cabinet maker he said, "Where are you I am in Cassis and cannot find your home number?" As I was describing the street I noti...
Tags: Travel, living in France, Don, Cassis, French la Vie, Cassis Home, USA When, Paris Poland Italy


The Cassis Home Renovation: The Stairwell

    The Cassis Home is in a building from the 1900s in the center of Cassis, but the stone walls date further back, possibly the building was two dwellings that merged into one. Part of the interesting discoveries made when renovating an old place comes from underneath the layers of previous renovations. Point in question is when we started to renovate the stairwell. The two upper staircases, the top staircase leads to a terrace with a panoramic view of Cassis and the second staircase leads to...
Tags: Travel, Gary, Joel, Guillaume, Ching, Cassis, French la Vie, Cassis Home


Cassis Home Renovation Project

    If I did not have such a great team to work with I would never agree to step in and project manage such an undertaken of Cassis Home. Plus if Ching and Gary were not good friends of mine and if they weren't one hundred percent behind every decision I make I would never be doing this. But since the "Team" is behind me and creativity is free rein this is one of the best projects, that am lucky and happy to be part of it.  What I mean is that this apartment was good enough, it was livable but ...
Tags: Travel, San Francisco, living in France, Gary, Rene, Yann, Ching, Cassis, Love Don, A Fisherman's House in Cassis, French la Vie


First Steps to Renovating the Apartment in Cassis

    At the beginning of renovating this apartment, we were faced with the same issues that we had when we renovated ours in Cassis. The apartment is on a few levels, There isn't a yard or garage to store or work on things, The apartment needed to be gutted which makes the renovation more like creating a new home within existing walls. Since the walls are made of stone, we would have to plaster most of them instead of using sheetrock, because we did not want to lose space. The walls that had bee...
Tags: Travel, Gary, Joel, Rene, Ching, Cassis, French la Vie, Muscles Rene


Cassis Renovation Project

  My friends Ching and Gary bought a place in Cassis and asked me if I would help them design it into a place of their own. I have worked on a few renovations for Yann and I but never for someone else. As much as I love creating spaces, design and the challenges of renovating an old place I was afraid of mixing work with friendship. After talking with Gary, Ching, and Rene who would be doing the hard work and giving us the expertise they reassured me that our friendship came first and they trus...
Tags: Travel, Gary, Rene, Yann, Ching, Cassis, French la Vie, Gary Ching


Renovating a Place in Cassis

Just in case you are wondering what I have been up to ... My friend Ching and Gary bought an apartment in Cassis they hired Golden Hands Rene to do the renovations and asked me if I would guide them with the numerous decisions they need to make. The first part of renovating is removing that which is not needed or wanted. When renovating an old place you never know what you will find when you take off the old flooring, walls, and ceilings luckily for us the surprising have been positive. Underne...
Tags: Travel, Gary, Rene, Ching, Cassis, French la Vie


The Latest Renovation Project

    After renovating numerous homes that Yann and I own, I have been asked to manage my friends Ching and Gary's home that they recently bought in Cassis, a stone throw (or should I say seashell?) from our place in Cassis. The apartment is in the center of Cassis, on the main street with one of the most extraordinary views Cassis has to offer. Gary and Ching's home has a rooftop terrace with a 360-degree view, plus a large balcony off the kitchen/living room area that looks on to the Chateau. ...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Gary, Rene, Yann, Tongue in Cheek, Ching, Cassis


The Colors of Living Abroad

                  Rich is the flavor that has touched my life in France. Every sense has been saturated, from taste to touch, sight to sound, sweetly combine with sound. If I could change one thing about living in France it would be that my family lived next door. I will always miss them, and only a spiritual love can make up for that sense of loss. With Sacha living in Seattle, I am reminded of the distance even more, and it was already enough. Also the other d...
Tags: Travel, California, France, living in France, Seattle, Rich, Sacha, Tongue in Cheek, Cassis


The Latest Renovation Project

    After renovating numerous homes that Yann and I own, I have been asked to manage my friends Ching and Gary's home that they recently bought in Cassis, a stone throw (or should I say seashell?) from our place in Cassis. The apartment is in the center of Cassis, on the main street with one of the most extraordinary views Cassis has to offer. Gary and Ching's home has a rooftop terrace with a 360-degree view, plus a large balcony off the kitchen/living room area that looks on to the Chat...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Gary, Rene, Yann, Tongue in Cheek, Ching, Cassis


The Latest Renovation Project

    After renovating numerous homes that Yann and I own, I have been asked to manage my friends Ching and Gary's home that they recently bought in Cassis, a stone throw (or should I say seashell?) from our place in Cassis. The apartment is in the center of Cassis, on the main street with one of the most extraordinary views Cassis has to offer. Gary and Ching's home has a rooftop terrace with a 360-degree view, plus a large balcony off the kitchen/living room area that looks on to the Chateau. ...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Gary, Rene, Yann, Tongue in Cheek, Ching, Cassis