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  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


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 day a young man from m...
Tags: Travel, California, France, living in France, Seattle, Rich, Sacha, Tongue in Cheek, Cassis


Pie is Tarte in French

My mother makes pies ten times a day. The moment my mom reads this she is going to say, "Oh that Corey, I certainly do not." Okay then, at least once a week, usually on a Monday for the family dinner. One thing is certain, my mom is known for her flaky, buttery pie crust. Banana cream, coconut cream, lemon meringue, chocolate, blackberry, apple, apricot... to name a few of the fillings. In France, a pie is called a tarte with an "e" at the end.  There is a bakery in Cassis, called the "La Tarte...
Tags: Travel, France, Mitchell, Corey, Tongue in Cheek, Cassis


Pie is Tarte in French

My mother makes pies ten times a day. The moment my mom reads this she is going to say, "Oh that Corey, I certainly do not." Okay then, at least once a week, usually on a Monday for the family dinner. One thing is certain, my mom is known for her flaky, buttery pie crust. Banana cream, coconut cream, lemon meringue, chocolate, blackberry, apple, apricot... to name a few of the fillings. In France, a pie is called a tarte with an "e" at the end.  There is a bakery in Cassis, called the "La Tarte...
Tags: Travel, France, Mitchell, Corey, Tongue in Cheek, Cassis


Friendship

    Over thirty years ago I lived in San Francisco and worked for the Catholic church you see I wanted to be a priest, and well you know how that turned out. During that naive hopeful wannabe time, I met quite a few people, and over the years have remained friends even at a distance and more often than not rarely or never see them again when I moved to France. Jennifer is exactly as I remember her thirty-some years ago: Bubbly, fun-loving, happy, easy going, genuine, organized, creative a frien...
Tags: Travel, France, San Francisco, John, Jennifer, Yann, Laine, Tongue in Cheek, Cassis


Cassis April 2018

[Author: Vlad Barbu]
Tags: Travel, France, Boats, Provence, Cassis, Vlad Barbu, Mediteranean Sea


Family in Cassis

  My mom made it up to the fisherman's house. Mounting our seriously steep stairway in stride.  She didn't blink an eye. Inside our home she admired every detail and since she reads my blog knew the history of everything. Impressive, a very full day and going strong at eleven at night. Happiness is evident in her eyes.     Wonder Woman and Super Girl!     My cousin Judy and her husband Chris are in France for the wedding. I feel like I am going to bubble over, family and friends gatheri...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, France, Chris, Judy, Tongue in Cheek, Cassis


Chateau d'if Apr 2018

[Author: Vlad Barbu]
Tags: Travel, France, Provence, Islands, Cassis, Vlad Barbu, Mediteranean Sea, Chateau D'if


A Visit to Cassis

              Related Stories The End of the DayDiscovering an Old Village in FranceHappy 50th Birthday Jean and Nathalie  [Author: Tongue in Cheek]
Tags: Travel, living in France, Nathalie, Tongue in Cheek, Cassis, A Fisherman's House in Cassis, FranceHappy


How to Celebrate on a Diet

      How to celebrate a diet. Well, that is not why I was invited to lunch. Alys and Hillary asked if I would like to join them at the La Brasserie du Corton in Cassis, friends, Cassis, lunch with a view how could I refuse such a gift? Two kir royals, a divine lunch, incredible manioc bread, followed by dessert. Diet took a back seat with glee. Then I walked home trying to lose my guilt, and yet skipped with delicious delight. When I arrived home French Husband brought me a scoop...
Tags: Travel, Hillary, Alys, Tongue in Cheek, Movable Feast, Cassis, A Fisherman's House in Cassis, Corton, Le Grande Bleu


Aix marks the spot where Cezanne painted

AixenProvence is known as the Paris of the south and a stunning city but we delayed our anticipated visit there when the weather turned iffy. We had whizzed through it on the way to Cassis so ithe trip did not seem too daunting. We know the spots where
Tags: Travel, Paris, Cezanne, Cassis


Spring in Cassis

    Spring in Cassis. The first hints of shade for the summer.                      [Author: Tongue in Cheek]
Tags: Travel, Tongue in Cheek, Cassis