40 Before 40

40 Before 40

With the monumental 40th birthday approaching, I decided to make a list of the forty things I wanted to do before my milestone occurred. It was fun, and I think I learned a lot in that year. Will there be a fifty before fifty? Wait and see!

My French Garden Love

To appreciate Mother Nature in all her forms, gardening is a celebration of creation. Watching and nurturing seeds to sprouts, the stages plants go through until they flower and lastly give fruit: is a lesson in patience and love.  Gardening is a common pass time and no wonder, when you can get your hands dirty and take a moment...

Fulfilling My Wish to Sing

Hamori, Eva singing debut Sud de France
'All your dreams come true if you have the courage to pursue them'. Walt Disney  https://youtu.be/Zye-4GGANzw The first song I ever learned from beginning to end was 'A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes' sung during the cartoon-version of the movie Cinderella. I was young, and believed in the words I sung, that my dreams would actually come true.  Why is music so...

40 before 40 – River Rafting Roquebrun

rafting the river orb
We did it! River Rafting another ? tick off my 40 before 40 to do list! With our Belgian guests Greet and Stephan, our local friends Pierre, Anne, Celine, Maxmin and Garance, my daughter Angelina, my husband Alfonz and I, we drove the forty-five minutes to Roquebrun on the river Orb to try our hand at river rafting. It was...

Sanremo Italy – On Route to France from Hungary

Stunning views Sanremo
After a grueling 7-hour stretch in the van, we find ourselves in handsome Sanremo Italy, our last stop on our 1700-kilometer drive home from Hungary before reaching Capestang France tomorrow afternoon. We went from snow in Hungary, to rain in Slovenia and ended in 15+ in this microclimate piece of heaven. Located directed on the Italian Riviera, this pleasant...

Spring Skiing In The Pyrenees

    In the heart of Catalan country, a quick two-hour car trip from Capestang, you will find the pretty ski village of Eyne, Pyrénées Orientales. Winding roads lead you up towards snow-capped peaks with beautiful views of the valley below. Joining three other families from Capestang on this weekend getaway, we had 6 kids and 8...

Picasso Museum – Barcelona Spain

picasso museum barcelona spain
Barcelona Spain Picasso Museum is for the art lover. A little known fact about my past- I worked 10 years for an Art Gallery where I met local and famous artists like Carl Brenders, Terry Isaac and Robert Bateman and participated in signings and sales in the Canadian art scene. I loved my job and learned so much about collecting art,...

House Hunters Return – Where Are They Now?

find a house in france
                    I have a beef! I read about House Hunter's International online, and saw some negative comments about the show. Some people are posting that the stories are fabricated! WHAT!! One person went on to say that many of the young people move to other countries without any real knowledge of the country they are moving to; not the politics, economy,...

40 before 40 – Grandma’s Recipe Blog

farmers markets of France
Part of my 40 before 40 list was to eventually put together my grandmother's recipes in one place for the next generations to enjoy. I learned to cook from my parents, who never used a recipe book when teaching me how to cook. They learned how foods blend, while the ingredients warm up to the proper consistency in the end....

Diet Goals – Drop a Few Pounds, 40 Before 40 List

In France, eating is a serious art form and a national sport. - Julia Childs I promised myself never to diet again, but still wish to drop the few pounds I gained while mom was visiting Capestang over the winter. I found myself incredibly inspired after meeting Kristen Macgregor; a Canadian woman staying in our apartment rental with a fabulous story...

Carignan Grape Harvest – Languedoc France

                      Wine is to France, as pasta is to Italy, as paprika is to Hungary, and as hockey is to Canada. Everyone drinks wine. In France, I am reminded at every meal out, it is cheaper than water, as I pay for 2.40€ perrier and my husband's 2.00€ rosé. The Harvest in the Languedoc region of southern France is more than...