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Escapades |

Isabelle Santoire: Female Mountain Guide

Isabelle Santoire belongs to an elite team of trained mountain guides at le Syndicat National des Guides de Montagne (SNGM). The SNGM includes 1600 individuals who have met the stringent criteria, and Isabelle is a role model as she represents one of extremely few women in this physically demanding line of work.


Escapades |

The Ardèche Wild And Beautiful

If you want to feel like you have experienced a bit of Corsica without leaving the French mainland, plan a trip to the Ardèche region. The region is filled with stunning views, local products and extremely intriguing places to visit.


Vie Française |

Pining for Provence

The first few days back in Canada are certainly best described as culture shock. Our baptismal trip to the local grocery store was a clear indication that we were no longer in France.


Arts + Culture |

Hervé Salgado: the sculptor

A young adult spinning tunes in based disk-jockey, evolving into an accomplished sculpture carrier, and whose bronze pieces are sold through major galleries // Une carrière tout d’abord “ musicale “ avec un job de DJ, évoluant vers la sculpture dont les œuvres de bronze sont vendus dans des galeries de prestige.

Hervé Salgado is a sculptor, and more importantly a family man. He graciously accepted me into his home on a chilly fall afternoon for a cozy, fireside chat. Warmth emitted in his home, not only physical heat, but his pleasant embrace of the world.


Reportage + Société |

Mixing Art and Wine at Chateau La Coste

This vineyard is located just outside of Aix-en-Provence, near the town of Puy-Sainte-Réparade. Paddy McKillen purchased the old bastide and surrounding land in 2002. This is a man who knows about premium quality, he is the majority owner in several high-end hotels including London hotels Claridges and the Connaught.


Arts + Culture |

Henry Ferrier, the Artist

His life has involved many different passages but his passion for art has been a continuous thread, despite challenges along the way. Henry has been a teacher, a husband, a father, a successful artist and now a writer. Henry, young at 83 years, is busy preparing for a book launch and new painting exhibition.


Vie Française |

Elsa Lenthal – Keeping a Tradition Alive

Elsa Lenthal is currently enjoying the best of life in France, with roots in Provence and aspirations in Paris. For five years, Elsa studied film and cinema production at school, in the capital city. She now works in Paris most of the year as an Assistant Director in the film industry. In the summer, she returns to her parents’ home in les Alpilles near Les Baux de Provence to spend the warmer months with her friends and family… This lovely, young woman is far from idle in the summer months. Elsa is single-handedly trying to maintain the tradition of creating lavender fuseaux, an old artisan craft.


Escapades |

Driving The Jabron Valley

This route along the D946 winds through tiny hamlets, past grazing animals and fields of seasonal crops. At the bookends of the valley, are the town of Sisteron, which has been populated for over 4000 years, and the iconic Mont Ventoux. The source of the Jabron River is the Col de Pigière at 968 meters.


Escapades |

Time out in southern France

It was time to dust off my rusty French and take a hiatus from life in Canada. With my husband and our 10-year old black Labrador, I now live within the magical grasp of the Alpilles in Provence, in southern France. Initially, we planned to stay six months; it was not long before I arm-twisted both of them to stay for a year, or longer…