Postcards from France

travel stories from France by Gai Reid


Here is a short video story about REAL LIFE in the Château du Mauran.

This delightful property sits at the base of the Petit Pyrenees in South West France.

Neil and I were lucky enough to spend a month living at the Château and sharing the lifestyle of its owners Cor and Margaret.  

We had the privileged experiences of meeting their friends and helping them entertain!

FOR MORE STORIES of our French Adventures, take a look at VILLAGE TO VILLA


Paris – always a good idea!

 When we flew to France to shoot our FRANCE leg of “Village to Villa – living like locals”, we arrived dazed by jet-lag.

But the energy and beauty of Paris is always intoxicating.

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Neil was a “Paris Virgin” and I couldn’t wait to show him why I am so in love with this enchanting city.

Our plan was to be out and about, photographing and being dazzled by the history and the beauty that surrounds us. Being the end of winter, the trees were mostly bare – giving us a clear view of the incredible detail on the architecture and as much warmth as possible from the sun.

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We have made plans to meet up with one of my treasured FaceBook friends, Ann Jeanne.

Ann is a very talented photographer and writer. She loves her city and shares her encounters on line.  Neil and I will be dining with Ann and two of her Parisian friends. They are taking us to a traditional French brasserie with some very juicy history!

 We will be living like locals in Paris !

If you are a fan of the novelist Hemingway – who lived in Paris during his younger years – you will enjoy this.

We have plenty of adventures planned for our time in France.

After our warm up in Paris, Neil and I will head south, first to visit friends in the village of Bellac, then on to our first house and pet sitting assignment in France.

You can follow our encounters with French life on our site called “Village to Villa”  living like locals

Please leave us your email address so we can keep you in the loop as our French experiences unfold  – good and challenging!

Pont Alexandre III, Paris

Pont Alexandre III, Paris

Bonjour Paris!

Return to France

After several years of surviving on memories, photographs, blog posts and FaceBook communications with fellow Francophiles, I am finally returning to France!

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Each trip I have taken to France has been unforgettable – for different reasons.  This visit is shaping up to be incredible.

Firstly I will be travelling with my best friend and life partner, Neil.  This will be his first experience of France and I am so so excited about showing him what has created my deep and passionate love of Paris.

Paris Meet Up

Secondly, we have arranged to meet up with one of my treasured FaceBook buddies in Paris  – Ann Jeanne.

Ann is a talented photographer, videographer and writer. She creates beautiful stories about her city – PARIS.

When you are lucky enough to visit Paris, Ann will be your friend in Paris and take you on an enchanting walk to her favourite places.

You can take a peek at her work here: 

Neil and I will record a story with Ann, to be included in our series “Village to Villa – living like locals”.

We will keep you posted!


Ile de la Cité

Waking Up in Paris!

Because this is Neil’s first experience of this exquisite city, I have booked us into a hotel that I love.

Hotel de Nice is quintessentially Parisian!  When you wake up and look around your room, there is no other place you could possibly be, but Paris.  This mid-range hotel is brilliantly situated in one of my favourite areas – la Marais which means no matter where you walk from the front door – you will find something amazing.

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AND… then there is the food.  Expect some surprises – prepare to be bold in what you taste and you may be very pleasantly surprised!

Bon appetit!

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PARIS is the first stop on our “Village to Villa” tour of France, the UK and Italy. We will be living like locals – house and pet sitting until Christmas.  We are documenting our experiences and producing our own television series “VILLAGE TO VILLA”.

Don’t miss a thing – FOLLOW OUR JOURNEY  on this link  VILLAGE TO VILLA


We will always have Paris!

Paris is like a woman in her eighties wearing red lipstick. 

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You can’t help but admire her confidence, her daring to be herself and to show it all.

“Here I am, a little older than you’d expect from a femme fatale, but every bit as fascinating and tempting.” 

Madame Paris sits proud and sanguine with her Mona Lisa smile, hinting at her knowledge of what has happened throughout the centuries, without judgment, without sentiment.  She glances at her cobblestone streets that once ran with blood as she gestures to her elegant opulence. She flips through the dissent and the creativity with no discernable preference and mingles all that she has been and seen into an infallible sense of self.  

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The world was sickened and enraged by the recent terrorist attacks on Paris.  But like the true phoenix that she is, the city rose from the ashes and bit back.

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History is full of stories about hatred and violence. One religion believing they are greater and more important than another.  One civilisation believing they are greater and more important than another. The result is posturing by those who think they are in charge and always catastrophic for the people of the world.


Over the centuries, France has endured far greater attacks than the one hurled at her on black Friday 13th November. And like most countries, there has been unrest and viciousness from within.  There will always be jealousy and there will always be conflict.

And Paris will always rise above the conflict, held held high and even more enviable than before.

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