Our weekend in photos: Parc des Ardoisières

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

iphone-weather-forecast-angers-france Dagny had a smile plastered all over her face this past weekend and I wasn’t far behind. This weekend was the nicest weekend I think I’ve ever experienced in France. Maybe all the nonstop rain is clouding my memory but really wow, it was gorgeous. The 60-65 F temps and sun was a welcome change and my phone has never EVER shown a forecast like this. Am I dreaming? Let’s hope this is a sign of a gorgeous spring ahead.

Here’s a look at our weekend — spent mostly outdoors — in photos… GO!

Tips on getting a lost dog to safety (and how Dagny saved the day)

Written by Diane. Posted in on everything else

Tired after a  hard day's work...

The French love their pets — no one will debate that. But when loose dogs roam the streets, either because they’re lost or just out for a careless stroll, it seems that passersby don’t really seem to care. So earlier this week when I was out walking Dagny, we came across a soaking wet Bernese Mountain Dog who appeared to be lost. And because I’m the type of person that always helps, I couldn’t just turn my back on him and let him fend for himself and probably get hit by a car. I used Dagny to help get him safely to the neighborhood vet. And yes, this story ends well.

Here’s how Dagny and I helped… and my tips on getting a lost dog to safety.

Expedia cancelled my hotel reservation: Here’s what they could have done better

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


A company is nothing without effective customer service that actually works to serve the customer. Outdated technology, representatives that have no authority, long hold times and poor conflict resolution are the downfall of many good companies and Expedia.com proved that to me recently after cancelling my hotel reservation in Paris less than 24 hours before arrival.

So Expedia cancelled my hotel reservation. These things happen. Here’s what they could have done better…

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