The breathtaking Chateau de Noirieux: Hotel near Angers, France

Written by Diane. Posted in on life in France, travel

chateau-de-noirieux-viewJust a 90-minute train ride from Paris, Angers is a city full of rich history, beautiful views of the Maine River and a great base from which to visit the region’s finest wineries and other nearby attractions — and earns a well-deserved stop on any French road trip. But where should you stay to make sure you soak up all the charm, culture and excellent cuisine the area has to offer? At the Chateau de Noirieux, a Relais & Chateaux property, about 20 minutes outside the center of Angers. This stunning property dates back to the 15th century and is situated on about 20 lush acres of land. We had the pleasure of staying at the Chateau de Noirieux earlier this month and here’s why we loved it.

Read on for my review of the Chateau de Noirieux!

Etsy roundup: Easter dog accessories your pup needs for spring

Written by Diane. Posted in on everything else

Easter candy in France

Americans love to go all out when it comes to holidays and Easter is no exception. Between decor and special desserts and Easter Egg hunts (Tom, please hide some eggs in our yard), there’s enough fun to go around. But don’t forget to get your dog in on all the Easter festivities. Here’s a roundup of the best Easter dog accessories via Etsy.


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