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Everything has a Story to Tell
2019-03-21 21:29 UTC by French la Vie



Spode coffee cup 1800s



1800s Spode DemiTasse

Found at the Avignon International Fair over twenty years ago.

A setting for eight.

Plates, saucers, demitasses, teacups, creamer and sugar bowl to match.

While carrying them back to the cupboard I tripped.

Five demitasses danced to dust.


We hold...

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Friendships Through Blogging
2019-03-20 21:54 UTC by French la Vie


Singing the song of my memories,

it is a beautiful gift to have.

Petal after petal

Sharing memories especially with those who need to hear how their lives have touched mine.

Thank you for reading my blog, for your ever generous response, for the many gifts you have given me by your words, friendship, prayer, and good thoughts. I am lucky to know...

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Semi-Marathon in Paris
2019-03-19 20:31 UTC by French la Vie







A little over a week ago Yann ran a semi-marathon in Paris, he will run the marathon in Paris on April 14th. He started training in January with Chelsea as his coach. They are a good team those two. Yann is an obedient student who would never disappoint his daughter and Chelsea is a strong, constant,...

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Coco Chanel Challenge
2019-03-18 22:48 UTC by French la Vie

Coco Chanel and the Baby Who Pooped

Chelsea was six weeks old when French Husband came home with a pair of tickets for a Chanel fashion show. A friend from work had given him the tickets since he couldn't go.



Coco Channel photo source Chanel.


My excitement was instantly tamed when French Husband...

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Chelsea at Six Months
2019-03-17 21:44 UTC by French la Vie



Weekly Top Posts: 2019-03-17
2019-03-17 04:00 UTC

  1. Memories of Scones Before I Ever Went to Ireland

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2019-03-16 22:15 UTC by French la Vie


Ten reasons why to visit Provence, though do you really need any?


No need for words... let your eyes tell you why:


Vineyards in Provence



Arles corey amaro



Aix en provence place albertas









Gordes, provence, france



Provence countryside




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Route de Crete Cassis
2019-03-15 20:28 UTC by French la Vie





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.









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Scone Memories
2019-03-14 21:10 UTC by French la Vie


A Throw Back to 2009... Since I am travelling to Ireland today I thought I would repost something 'Irish'... Scones!


School holidays are happening as I type. French Husband and Sacha went skiing. Chelsea came home with more books, binders, and notepads than laundry. She has finals and nothing else matters more than intense studies...

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He Loves Me He Loves Me Not
2019-03-13 21:56 UTC by French la Vie

he loves me he loves me not


How funny that out of thousands of things at a brocante fair a charm that size of my fingernail could grab my attention. This green daisy or Margurite in French has two parts, a cover that turns around a stationary part the has words written on each petal. The finely printed words I could not read when I bought it, but I took a chance that it...

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Meeting at the Window Between Here and There
2019-03-12 22:07 UTC by French la Vie

Woman sitting by the window Corey Amaro




Walking along a street I saw an older woman sitting by a window. If it hadn't been for the brown worn shutters, and the white sheer curtain that framed her face... I would not have seen the small shadow of a person peering out.



Woman sitting by the window Corey Amaro 


Aiming my lens at the second floor I hoped to capture the stillness of the...

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The First Signs of Spring
2019-03-11 20:46 UTC by French la Vie

signs of spring provence



"Large blossom branches like this against a blue sky

were one of Van Gogh’s favorite subjects.

Almond trees flower early in the spring making them a symbol of new life. 

Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, February 1890"


VanGogh Museum 




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Apartments, Journeys, Antiques all in one Bag Called French la Vie
2019-03-10 20:17 UTC by French la Vie


Corey Amaro Visit France with me


An apartment in Paris


corey amaro's apartment in paris




If you are looking for a place to stay in Paris, a place that feels like home, that is comfortably stuffed with enough history, beauty, and antiques that you might prefer to cozy on up and never leave instead of visiting my sites:

Paris Apartment





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Weekly Top Posts: 2019-03-10
2019-03-10 05:00 UTC

  1. Memories of Scones Before I Ever Went to Ireland

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French Husband in the 18th Century?
2019-03-09 20:30 UTC by French la Vie



Sacha Hits the Slopes
2019-03-08 20:25 UTC by French la Vie

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Some Inspiration for the Cassis Home
2019-03-07 22:02 UTC by French la Vie



Here are some photos that I have in my mind's eye for the Cassis Home

The light,

also the type of molding for a bedhead...




Black trimmed shower


A black iron-trimmed shower with a shelf and stool built in.









This will be...

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Cassis Home Renovation
2019-03-06 09:47 UTC by French la Vie



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...

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It All Matters
2019-03-05 21:18 UTC by French la Vie

corey amaro photograph, blog and brocante



 All those little things that say something that words fail to or actions deny. All those little things that let us know that the moment is right, that we are on to something good, that it is okay, that we will be alright.

The way the morning light reaches into our bed, the way the hot water runs down our bodies, the way...

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Come Dance with Me
2019-03-04 22:26 UTC by French la Vie

dance card holder-1914


The first dance I ever went to my mom chaperoned. I was okay with that because at thirteen what mattered was that I got to go to the dance.

Before arriving at the dance my mom told me, "Whoever asks you to dance say yes. It takes courage to ask someone to dance and you are here to dance. When the music starts if no one has...

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Going on Six Months
2019-03-03 22:33 UTC by French la Vie

baby to be

Oh, that girl and her funny faces.

When I was pregnant French Husband asked me if I could not make funny faces as he did not want our children to make them...

I laughed, "Really you think I can just stop?" and added, "Too late now."

Chelsea makes faces and French Husband has gotten over it. 

Going on six months.

My only...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2019-03-03
2019-03-03 05:00 UTC

  1. Memories of Scones Before I Ever Went to Ireland

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A Way to Pray
2019-03-02 21:21 UTC by French la Vie


Putting my hand's palm to palm,

I opened them to form a cup.

I prayed, imagining my prayer taking form into my cupped hands.

I imagined, God's hand, loving hands, underneath my own,

When every word of mine, no longer had a name, when only silence stood between my heart and hands, when my prayer(s) sat heavy in my hands--

I opened...

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Jumping Out of a Plane
2019-03-01 22:33 UTC by French la Vie





Over ten years ago when Chelsea graduated from high school we asked her what she wanted to mark the occasion, what gift would she prefer... 



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Where the Green Grass Grows
2019-02-28 22:34 UTC by French la Vie




Rusty and worn,

though young at heart,

the two chairs sat side by side.

 Weathering seasons of sun and storm.

They wiggled their toes in the mud,

leaned on each other when their steps were uneven,

Had each other's backs, do you see their hearts?

Their friendship stayed true to where the green...

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Brocanteur Friends Come Over for Lunch
2019-02-27 21:07 UTC by French la Vie

Lunch with Brocante


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...

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Mona Lisa Had a Cleavage?
2019-02-26 22:45 UTC by French la Vie

French Antique Paper Back Books



A page in an eighteen-century book of an engraving of the Mona Lisa. History lessons then and now.

I never noticed that the Mona Lisa had a cleavage as I do in this engraving.

It strikes me funny that two people can look at the same thing and have two completely different impressions of it. The...

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One of the Most Amazing Antiques I Have Ever Found
2019-02-25 22:46 UTC by French la Vie

Rare antique French document



After antiquing the entire morning at the brocante we went for lunch, we celebrated with our friend Joanne who had just received a copy of her new book (more about that tomorrow) plus we talked about what each of us had found during our morning hunt.

Later with renewed energy, we went back to take a second look, I enjoy going...

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Enjoy the Day
2019-02-24 22:41 UTC by French la Vie

Spring provence


What are you doing today?



Weekly Top Posts: 2019-02-24
2019-02-24 05:00 UTC

  1. Memories of Scones Before I Ever Went to Ireland

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I am Eighty
2019-02-23 19:38 UTC by French la Vie



Oh, that hair color thing that I have been going back and forth on:  "Should I continue dying my hair or not?" I mostly am curious about how I would look with white hair it might be nice but I like the way my hair looks now. Yes, I could try on a wig, it would be easier.
Your comments resonated with me, I...

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In Giving We Receive
2019-02-22 21:51 UTC by French la Vie

The seeds we leave behind, be it our words, our actions,
Or our small daily doings will bloom one day.
We do not need to know where or how,
Nor seek to gather the harvest to ourselves.
But to believe that what we do has a reason for good,
For someone or something, beyond our garden wall.

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Another Piece of Furniture Going up and Through the Window
2019-02-21 22:35 UTC by French la Vie



After three years of looking for the right armoire or chest of drawers for our place in Cassis one that was not too high, nor too wide, or too deep, I found one. Nevertheless, even though it was perfect it was going to be a challenge getting it into our place.

Hence the window to the rescue!


moving in Cassis



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The Magic Act: Now You See, Now You Don’t
2019-02-20 21:40 UTC by French la Vie







How They Grow Up So Quickly
2019-02-19 22:21 UTC by French la Vie

Chelsea baby



Even back then she had a baby (doll) in tow.

Soon this little one will have a little one of her own.

It seems unreal and real all in one.



Since I was Twelve Years Old
2019-02-18 22:44 UTC by French la Vie

Brocante, flea market, france, corey amaro




When I was young, it was riding my bike. 

When I was a young woman it was praying in the monastery.

Later it was dancing. Boy did I dance. I met Yann.

My first year in France Yann and my home had a minimalistic look due to lack of funds to decorate.

As a mother, it was my children.


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Do You Have the Brocante Bug?
2019-02-17 21:40 UTC by French la Vie


brocante bug

How to recognize the brocante bug:


The person infected with the brocante bug usually is not in bed sleeping on a Saturday or Sunday morning.


Their homes have a certain look about them. 


A person who has the brocante bug usually stops the car if they see an old table leg, or a...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2019-02-17
2019-02-17 05:00 UTC

  1. Memories of Scones Before I Ever Went to Ireland

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Views of the Day
2019-02-16 22:21 UTC by French la Vie





































On Top of the Eiffel Tower
2019-02-15 21:02 UTC by French la Vie


Saint Valentine’s Day
2019-02-14 22:51 UTC by French la Vie




































On the Eve of Valentine's
2019-02-13 22:00 UTC by French la Vie

An Old Love Letter 1848


A love letter from a child to her parents in 1848.

In the mid-1800s love letters were written to loved ones, especially between family members on New Year's Day. Children would write to their parents and grandparents, husbands and wives to each other, parents to their children. Usually, a beautiful lace-like paper was used with...

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Louis Rossignol: The Art of Handwriting
2019-02-12 22:09 UTC by French la Vie






Louis Rossignol


Louis Rossignol (1694) was a master calligraphist.

"Not all calligraphy is the same. In fact, this form of artistic handwriting can actually fall into a number of different styles. Essentially, there are three main of calligraphy: Western, Arabic, and Oriental. Within each...

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Visual Monday
2019-02-11 20:26 UTC by French la Vie

Brocante, Corey Amaro, French la vie



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Brocante Corey Amaro




corey amaro, chateau, French la vie




French antiques





In Memory of Mike
2019-02-10 22:17 UTC by French la Vie

Corey amaro Interiors


This morning the brocante market did disappoint, it rarely does, but today it exceeded my hefty expectations it was off the charts good. If money grew on trees and a chateau or two were at my disposable they would be full this evening. The colors, textures, variety, period pieces, the wealth of history surrounded the brocante...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2019-02-10
2019-02-10 05:00 UTC

  1. Memories of Scones Before I Ever Went to Ireland

Twilight in Cassis
2019-02-09 19:08 UTC by French la Vie

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?


Nearly Five Months
2019-02-08 20:40 UTC by French la Vie

nearly five months


Chelsea sent me this selfie from inside an elevator after work.

Nearly five months, she has passed the halfway mark.






Hello Little Grandson.



A Boy or a Girl
2019-02-07 22:48 UTC by French la Vie




corey amaro baby reveal


Before I tell you whether Chelsea and Martin are going to have a boy or a girl I must say that I loved the comments from all of you kindred spirits! I love being part of this community of natural goodness. I will respond tomorrow about hair color, aging, becoming a grandmother, turning 61... wow...

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Transitioning Should I Do it Now?
2019-02-06 19:21 UTC by French la Vie

Stain glass prague


Underneath this dyed blond hair is a head full of salt and pepper hair leaning more towards salt than pepper. For about a year I have been toying with the idea of letting my hair go natural instead of dying it every three and a half weeks. I have read about people who have transitioned from dyed hair back to their natural color. Not an...

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The Baby to Be
2019-02-05 20:47 UTC by French la Vie

Chelsea Five months


How to show your mom's blog friends that you are nearly five months along?

After work, in the elevator, lift up your sweater, take a selfie.

On the 7th Chelsea and Martin will find out the gender of the baby, well if the baby is in the right position to see that is.

Want to guess? 

Chelsea has had four dreams...

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A Birthday Video
2019-02-04 21:36 UTC by French la Vie

61 years ago, my parents, George and Dolores brought me into this world, at the best time a person could live and I am most grateful for that gift.


Barbara sent me this Birthday Video a little comedy set to Mozart. Enjoy







Soup on a Cold Day
2019-02-03 19:48 UTC by French la Vie



daily feast, food, family, love, corey amaro



Homemade vegetable pesto soup. Oh isn't soup the best on a cold day? Especially a freezing day like today. Of course in the summer I will sing the praises of chilled soup, but for now...

Shallots, leeks, carrot, celery, potato, green beans and vegetable broth with pesto added at the end, then...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2019-02-03
2019-02-03 05:00 UTC

  1. Memories of Scones Before I Ever Went to Ireland

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When You Come to Provence
2019-02-02 12:14 UTC by French la Vie


Paris to Provence


If you come to Provence take time to be, time to let Provence get under your skin and into your heart. Provence is a place to wander aimlessly, to taste the countryside, to soak in the sounds and to follow your thoughts until they are just a mountain of softness and valleys of delight.

Provence is spread out like a quilt...

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Sixty and Counting
2019-02-01 22:01 UTC by French la Vie

amities = friendship


Becoming friends with aging.

Yes. Accepting it for what it is.

Embracing history as a prize.

Not thinking ahead, nor behind. Well, that is a goal.

Holding the sag, the wrinkles, the extra weight, the thing called post-menopause as an achievement.

Letting beauty be where beauty is.

But when I saw two, not just one,...

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The Incognito Kitchen Man
2019-01-31 21:47 UTC by French la Vie

Work needs to be done



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?...

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