Saturday, February 26, 2011

Valdirose in Belle Inspiration


Isn't this a lovely photo?
It was taken at Valdirose, a charming Bed & Breakfast in Italy. 
Valdirose is featured in the next issue of Belle Inspiration magazine.

A big thank you to all the wonderful subscribers to Belle.
We are planning some fabulous features in upcoming issues,
 and can't wait to share them with you!


Belle Inspiration magazine - March 15th!



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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Belle Inspiration - Looks Like Spring


The March issue of Belle Inspiration magazine is just three weeks away!


Fantastic sign-up promo and advertising opportunities available! 






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Monday, February 21, 2011

A New Week


I begin my day sitting at my vanity, 'putting my face on', and getting ready for another day. 



 I find this little ritual calming, and enjoy being surrounded by 
vintage silver and anything pretty.

And you? Do you have a morning routine that gets you going?  




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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Parisian Blogger Getaways!



    I am very excited about something I've been thinking about for quite some time now.  Just waiting for the righttime - in between publishing Belle Inspiration, working at our petite travel company here in Paris, and living life.

    Our travel compnay, Paris Travel Group (est.2007), specialises in personalised itineraires, private tours, and guidebooks. 

     I was fortunate enought to meet several bloggers in Paris in September, and that is when the idea was born.  
Tailor-made tours for Bloggers in Paris!


I can help you plan your independent excursion, or I can personally greet you and show you the sights of the City of Lights. 

  Either way it is based on your budget and what you want to see and do, 
from 1 day to 1 month.  Cooking, Chocolate lovers, fashionistas, Fleas/Brocantes, Photography - we can help get you where you want to go!

Perfect for two friends, or a group of bloggers wanting to explore all the fascinating rues and boutiques of Paris together.

Choose from one of our popular tours, or 
let us create one just for you!


Here is a brief sample itineraire of a recent tour  I designed for a special pair of blog friends just before Christmas.  They had visited Paris before so alot of independent time was included, along with some interesting classes off the tourist track. 


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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Thrill of the Brocante in Normandy

I am very pleased to introduce you to a lovely friend of mine. 
She lives in the beautiful Normandy countryside of France, 
and has just recently launched Brocante Tour Weekends



Sharon will be waiting for you at the train station, a 1 hour ride from Paris.
You will have the choice of staying in her charming 2 bedroom cottage on her property, 

or the Clos de Mondetour which is 5 minutes away

You'll soon feel like old friends as she drives you to lovely brocantes, delightful French restaurants, cooking classes, a private tour of a local ch√Ęteau led by the owners, antique shop with an upclose look at restoration projects. 





On Sunday, several brocante fairs await.  The thrill of the hunt usually leads to unexpected treasures.  A picnic lunch will keep you going all day.  

On the way back to the train station, a stop at Claude Monet's home at Giverny.  The lily pond and garden is in full bloom at this time of the year. A final farewell lunch in the village will end this delightful weekend. 


The dates for the tours are:
Friday 29 April to Monday 2 May 2011 &
Friday 24 June to Monday 27 June 2011

*She can accomodate other dates as well, and can help you with tailor-made tours for shorter or longer stays.*  

Sharon has carefully thought out every detail so you are sure of a fabulous time. 

Brocante Tours Weekends are a perfect add-on to a stay in Paris -

For more info and to talk to Sharon about your holiday, click HERE





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All photos by Sharon @ My French Country Home Blog 

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!








A little romantic inspiration via Belle Inspiration


     P.S.    I hope you are not getting bored with all my Belle Inspiration posts.  I just can't help myself.  I am so proud of all the incredible contributors who have worked so hard to make this online magazine a success!








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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Paris and Love


I want to continue the Valentine's theme here.
Thought I would share another article from the latest issue of Belle Inspiration
It was written by someone named Mimi Bleu...
Hope you enjoy.   




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Friday, February 4, 2011

A Valentine History

Valentine's Day is coming soon.  Here is an article in the latest issue of Belle Inspiration
written by Nancy Burns of Fete et Fleur Blog.   She gives us the sweet history of Valentine's cards.
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