Time.

Songs carry moments with them. They bring waves of memories of moments so precise, so clear that it is almost as if you are back in another instant of time. Sometimes they hit you unaware – you had forgotten that moment, that hour, that month. You weren’t prepared for the memories so tangible you can…

Missing things.

It’s getting close to that time; that time when I will be back in Victoria. There are things (OF COURSE) that I just can’t wait to do or see. In no particular order I can’t wait to: Get my hair cut by my amazing hairdresser Teneel, at Hive Hair. Go to Habit Coffee. Both locations….

Celebrating.

Growing up, there was a tradition in my house of how many birthday celebrations you could manage to pack into one year, and how long you could stretch those same celebrations out for. My sister was the queen of this trick, although to be fair, it had a lot to do with the timing of…

Playing Games.

“Would you like to look?” “Oui, s’il vous plaît.” The vendor back peddles quickly – he guessed wrong, we aren’t english speakers! There is clear concern that he may have offended us written on his face, and when he slips into surprisingly good french he is most definitely more polite. My mother and I hang…

Vimy Ridge

The clouds stretch from horizen to horizon, mist hangs in the air and it is cold here at the end of February, just north of the French town Arras. I am standing, for the first time in more than three months on Canadian soil. Still technically in France, I stand in the midst of rolling green…

Stop Number One – Avignon

Not far north of Marseille stands a city still completely surrounded by its medieval walls of defence. Old Avignon can easily be crossed multiple times by foot in the space of an hour. Close to the centre of town stands a towering palace of immense proportion.  It was here in 1309 that the popes took…

“Tour de France”

2700 km traveled 187 pictures taken 24 hours in transit 8 days total 5 cities toured 1 lady “toute seule” All part of an incredible, breathtaking adventure through France. There is no way I’d rather have spent my February vacation. From the bright sunshine of the Côte d’Azure to the foggy battlegrounds in Normandy, this…

Family Dinners

We’ve started doing family dinners around here at Maison Gianni on Sunday nights. The concept is simple: We pick an ethnic theme (from a hat) and then we divide up the courses into appetizer, side, protein, and dessert. Our first dinner is inspired by South-East Asia. We make limeade, coconut soup, pad thai and fried…