Postcards from France

travel stories from France by Gai Reid

Category: Food (page 1 of 4)


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


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


Living Like Locals in France….

and Italy…and the UK….and Australia.

In fact just about anywhere in the world where the people know about house sitting.

Bonjour fellow France fans – I’ve been very quiet over the past few months – for a really good reason. My partner Neil and I have been putting together an amazing project and it involves FRANCE!! It’s called “Village to Villa – living like locals”. Over the coming year, we plan to house sit through 4 countries and produce a television series about our experiences. We are doing all of the jobs except editing! After 3 weeks in the gorgeous Adelaide Hills we’ve fallen in love with village life and want to stay. But we will be doing that lot I expect, as we move to more amazing locations. Next March, we head to France. Our first stop is a tiny weeny hamlet near a small village 30 mins from Limoges. More on that when we arrive. Take a look at our project on – LIKE our Facebook page by the same name and join us, we’d love to share this ambitious and fantastic journey and hope to inspire many more to do the same thing. What a great way to see the world from a REAL life perspective.
AND can you believe we discovered this French chateau style villa just a few blocks from where we are staying in the Adelaide Hills!
Have you ever thought about House Sitting?

Stay in FRANCE for free? anyone?

There are few places I’d rather be than in Paris.  OK maybe an enchanting village in Provence, or in the magical Loire Valley, possibly Lyon. The list goes on and on an on.


There IS a way that you can see this captivating country, WITHOUT the cost of hotel accommodation and WITH all the comforts of home.  Someone else’s home.

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To know what it’s really like to live in a country with a different culture and possibly a different language, you must move into someone else’s home and live like the locals.

And THAT is exactly what you can do when you become a HOUSE SITTER.  You will be living free in a home, with the benefits that brings – like a kitchen and a washing machine! Usually you can connect to the owner’s wifi, tune in to the pay TV and live as they do.  You will most likely be asked to take care of their property and most importantly their animals.

This is the reason most people seek out a house sitter.  They don’t want to put their pets into care while they’re away from home.

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My  partner Neil and I have become house sitters and plan to spend 12 months house sitting in 4 countries.  Most people we tell have the same reply.  “That’s fantastic!  Can we come too?”

Of course you can!  We want you to follow us on our incredible adventure. AND there’s more. As we travel, we are recording our experiences, the people we meet, the dogs we get to know and anything we think is awesome  – and we’re making a TV series. “Village to Villa – living like locals”  is about to begin production.  You can come on the journey too.

Interested in knowing the details?    Head to our website and become part of the crew.





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