Our hot air balloon experience in the Loire Valley (VIDEO)

Written by Diane. Posted in France, on life in France, things we love, travel


When I was a kid growing up in New Jersey, there was a big balloon festival every year not far from where I lived. When we were out and about the weekend of the festival, we’d look up and see a rainbow of beautiful balloons just floating on the horizon. Flash forward a bit and here I am in France where the sight of hot air balloons in the sky caught me by surprise. Various tour companies operate along the Loire and throughout the region and I told Tom a few years ago I’d love to do that one day and see the view from above. Last Tuesday was that day. We took our very first hot air balloon ride above the town of Chinon and I’d recommend it to anyone. Be sure to scroll to the end of the post for a fun video I made of our ride.

Let me tell you all about our hot air balloon experience in the Loire Valley!

Interview with my cousin: Q&A with a flight attendant

Written by Diane. Posted in on everything else, travel

flight attendant interview

Ever since I was a kid, I always thought being a flight attendant was one of the coolest professions out there. They got to travel, interact with different people every day and were some of the most poised and well-groomed people I’d ever seen. Still curious about the job, I grilled my cousin David — yup, a guy — who started working for a major international carrier based in the USA last year. He’s talking about pay, his scariest moments on the job and what people get wrong about being a flight attendant.

Have you ever dreamed of becoming a flight attendant? Or maybe you’re just curious about what the day-to-day life is like?

Well, then please read on for David’s informative interview! Enjoy!

Review: Are TOMS shoes worth it?

Written by Diane. Posted in on everything else, things we love, travel

TOMS womens shoes review

Hello there! When I come across a brand or product I really like, you can count on me to share it here with you on the blog. Today I’m doing exactly that with my TOMS shoes review. Yes, my husband is also named Tom so I may be a tad biased, but honestly, I bought a pair of TOMS on a whim and they have exceeded my expectations. Considering a pair of TOMS Classics?

Read on for my TOMS shoes review!

Reasons why I DON’T miss living in the USA

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

Reasons I don't miss living in the

This isn’t a post about why it’s better to live in France. No place is perfect. Or even close to perfect. You could come up with a sizeable list of pros and cons of pretty much anywhere in the world ranging from superficial likes and dislikes to deep cultural notions and attitudes ingrained in the culture. This isn’t a USA bashing post either. I’ll always love the USA and life there can be fabulous. I may even return one day. Life in France can be fabulous too and at the same time tedious and frustrating. But something I say often is that actually living in France is nothing like a vacation in France. That said, I’ve been in France for 4.5 years now and there are definitely a few reasons why I do NOT miss living in the USA.

Read on!

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