The Blog - Vivre ma France
Since moving from a beautiful, yet cold, Montreal in La Belle Province to a sunny little region known as Montpellier, la France has transitioned to Ma France - an adventure that has been documented with you, my dear reader. My journey has grown from creating a home in a Haussmannian apartment within a new country to the evolution of a community of new friends, colleagues and clients - both locally and internationally!
The inspiration I get from experiencing new sights, trying different cuisines and taking in new cultures translates into my everyday life, whether throwing a casual mid-week get together with friends, or hosting an all-out bash for a corporate dinner event.
Here in the sunny wine region, Sud de France, l’Occitanie, I am living out my life's mission: Bringing ease into event planning for the people - so that together we can craft their most memorable events. Whether teaching my friends how to set a formal table for their next dinner party including folding elaborate napkins or becoming a trusted advisor to a newly engaged couple by helping them meticulously plan the wedding of their dreams: My joy is to share my talents in making life a little bit sweeter and celebratory for all.
Follow me into wine country as we visit different vineyards and learn about wine production. Then I will take you back home and teach you how to pair the perfect wine to go along with a carefully curated menu for your home celebrations. Then recreate your adventures by following my online restaurant reviews and recommendations via VivreMaFrance at Trip Advisor.com.
You may occasionally see affiliate links included within my posts, allowing me to make a small commission from any sales coming from the blog. Please remember that I only post about vendors I trust and use myself - all opinions, reviews and recommendations are authentically my own.
So whether you are looking to find daily inspiration from la vie en rose, or you are ready to work with a trusted professional on crafting a wedding beyond your wildest dreams, I want you to join me. See the beauty of the south of France and beyond through my own eyes and experiences.
Vivre Ma France!
Leo’s Top Restaurants for 2023
As you know being a foodie, wherever I go, I try to eat in at least two great restaurants in town. Here are my top 11 choices of restaurants from the past year. Each of the restaurants was able to create a great evening and experience for me. Do keep in mind that I don’t…Read more
Haussmann Architecture: The Other Revolution of Paris
In the middle of the 19th century, the last King of France, Emperor Napoleon III (great-nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte) won the first direct presidential elections ever held in France with an overwhelming 74.2 percent of the votes cast, becoming the first President of France too. One of his first acts was to appoint a somewhat…Read more
Arles, City of Art and History
Arles is geographically the largest city in France spacing a whopping 758 km. It is nestled on the Rhone River between Nimes and Aix-en-Provence, just north of the Camargue region of Southern France. It is also famous for being the home of Vincent Van Gogh during part of his life as he was obsessed with…Read more
Malta, The Vibrant Island Nation
In December, we had the pleasure of visiting friends who now live in Malta, the smallest country in the European Union. Malta has a grand population of 515,000 Maltese, with 20% being non-Maltese Nationals. One you have visited the island nation you can easily see why – the islands are some of the most beautiful places…Read more
The Leo List of Restaurants for 2021
I was organizing a dinner for a client recently in Montreal, Canada, and I was shocked when I started calling restaurants to see about availability only to find out that so many of them have closed, permanently. Yes, it’s been and continues to be a very tough times for restaurants. The pandemic has wreaked havoc…Read more
La Rochelle, A French Port with a Canadian Connection
I remember hearing about the La Rochelle in history class. The French port where many began the migration to Canada. Numerous ships left for the new world both before and after the establishment of Canada, which included my ancestors who originated from La Tessonnière & Saint-Loup Lamairé and left for Canada in 1659. La Rochelle…Read more
Les Toiles du Soleil, A Catalan Tradition
The southern part of France and the northeast part of Spain is home to a group of people known as Catalans. An estimated 8 million Catalans live in this region which includes places like Valencia, the Balearic Islands, eastern Aragon, Barcelona, Andorra, Roussillon (modern day Perpignan), and the city of Alghero in Sardinia. While the Catalan language may seem similar to…Read more
The Medieval City of Carcassonne
The Medieval citadels of Carcassonne otherwise known as La Cité, are one of the most visited places in France, on the same par as Mont Saint Michel, the mystical island city in Brittany. They both have thousands of years of history, murder, mystery and mayhem. La Cité is a fortified city located between the Pyrenees…Read more
Domaine de Chantilly
This grand estate with its collection of buildings, gardens, stables and racetrack, is located just 50 km on the outskirts of Paris in northern France. Domaine de Chantilly is notably one of the jewels in the crown of France’s cultural heritage, and for good reason. It is also most commonly known as the Condé Musée…Read more
La Thériaque Spiritueux, South of France in a Bottle
As many of you know I am a big fan of gin. It’s been my go-to drink for years and now friends of mine are actually making and selling delicious artisanal gin with the recent launch of La Thériaque Spiritueux. My dear friends Lana and Sunshine not only launched their product line last year (that’s…Read more
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