~Written and edited by Veronica Clark ~

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

My French Bucket List....

Hi everyone! I hope you are having a fine day. Do you have a bucket list? I'm sure you do. Doesn't everyone have one? Did you see the movie? Morgan Freeman was charming and I loved him in the movie. Although, his charming portrayal of the chauffeur in Driving Miss Daisy will forever capture my heart.

I have a bucket list as well.  It has the annoying habit of getting longer...Some of the things includes the following... Flying in a micro light over Victoria Falls. Taking a hot air balloon trip over The Serengeti during the migration. Completing my memoirs. etc, etc. It's a long list, trust me...

But then, I also have a separate French bucket list! Yes a whole separate list. Can you imagine! I am an African first and foremost but I seem to have strong tendencies towards my French Heritage and I blame that for this extensive list...Lol. Lets see... No 1. I would dearly like to live in Paris for a month at the very least. I want to hire a apartment near Rue Montorgueil and visit all the food markets, take my bounty home and cook up a storm! Then there is the Louvre where I could wonder around for a week and not be done! And, of course all the other antique markets, etc,etc.

Then there is a barge trip down Canal Du Midi....

Aahh, and then there is Provence that I simply have to explore better than the last time I was there. Thus I need to hire an old farm house in the Luberon, steel my nerves and drive on the wrong side of the road and explore every nook and cranny and market!!!

Gordes, above is picture perfect and I loved it!

Another thing on my bucket list is to buy a piece of land and build one huge barn  and furnish it with French finds... and for inspiration I would like to introduce you to some of my favourite French Inspirational blogs. You may know many of them but just in case you don't, allow me to introduce you...

La Brocanteuse a wonderful blog by Colette. She has a passion for old French Linen and travels to markets to find her treasure. Have a look at her blog here! The post that I loved the most apart from her amazing home was the one on the gardens  of Villandry. Absolute enchantment! please visit and enjoy!

Another of my favourite blogs is by Sharon Santoni who lives in the beautiful countryside of Normandy and it is called My French Country House. Sharon shares daily live in her beautiful valley and her charming home and she was also one of my blogs first followers. Another of the places that I just visited briefly and would love to spend more time at. Sharon also has a charming cottage for rent on her property and also a brocante with fabulous finds. please click here to visit her online store!

Now, friends let me introduce you to a wonderful blog called Trouvais written by Trish. It is one of those wonderful places you go to dream!! Have a peek here and I will forgive you if you are gone for a while... Enjoy! Below is one of my favourite images from her blog. Yes, it had to be an urn!!! Gorgeous, isn't it?

Blogland is an intricate network of inspirational finds where you can get lost for hours on end and enjoy every moment. The wonderful blog that led me to Trouvais in the first place was, and I leave the best for last..... Atelier De Campagne. Please click here for a magical trip of inspiration and brocante paradise like none other...

When I grow up I want to do what these amazingly talented three guys do!  Trinidad, Johan  and Martin takes us on their trips to wonderful markets and then shows us how to put it all together with Johan's  beautiful vignettes. I promise you, I will never ever look at a shutter with the same eyes, ever again! Trinidad has a wonderful way of telling the story of their travels and where they find treasure. Studying the gorgeous photos they show us how to put it all together in our homes. Please visit their website as well to view the individual pieces on offer here.

I do hope that you have enjoyed your visit of these wonderful blogs with so much inspiration. I thought to round of my French Bucket list I would share some of my favourite French Inspired rooms with you...

Just a few wonderful images to keep you going until the next round of inspiration...

Have a great day and if you have a special French Insprational blog that you visit, please share it with us in the comments below. I for one, and I won't be the only one, would love to pay them a visit!

I will be joining Mosaic Monday at Dear Little Red House as well as
Debbie Doo"s Newbie Party where you can meet new bloggers! please support these generous ladies who host us every week!
Live well



The above images are from the various blogs mentioned, and the picture of Gordes my own


  1. Thank you for the mention Veronica, you flatter me - putting me in such great company as Colette, Trish and AdeC!
    Lovely to see your blog growing, your header pictures are beautiful

  2. I've thought about creating my own French bucket list but now I don't have to - yours will do me just fine!! I love all these blogs too and would probably add The Paper Mulberry to the list. x Sharon

  3. Thank you very much for the mention and I ditto Sharon(French Country home)..I feel honored to be in their company!
    I agree completely with Sharon (Roses and Rust)~ your bucket list is well covered!
    Your compliments are much apreciated.
    XO Colette ~labrocanteuse

  4. Thanks for visiting. I hope you get to do everything on your bucket list. Do as much as you can as soon as you can. I found out the hard way, that life can change in a minute and some of the things we put off, we won't be able to do! Vive France!!

  5. Those photos are stunning. I think that is wonderful that you have a French bucket list. I think I need one.

  6. We share quite a few of the same inspirational blogs and mags.

  7. I love your bucket list. I sure do need one too. My husband's cousins just came back from South Africa. They went on to say how beautiful it was there. It's their second time there. One plans to move there for her studies of marine biology.


  8. Loving so many ideas on your bucket list. I read many of the French or French inspired blogs as well. I will check out the ones you mentioned and pass on a few of my own - do you know author Vicki Archer of French Essence who lives in London and St. Remy? Hers is full of wonderful inspiration. And Jermaine of French Kissed lives in Santa Barbara but has a daughter who lives in Paris who she visits quite often. These are just a couple - hope you enjoy!!

  9. WOW! Thank you so much for your kind words! I think it is evident that we enjoy what we do and we are eager to learn more. The blogosphere has introduce us to many amazing folks like yourself, and some of the other folks you mention in your entry. Trish has been most generous in blogging about us and it's so great to have two friends in South Afica like you and Colette.


    Team Atelier

  10. OH Veronica this was a lovely post and yes so full of blog inspiration. Thanks for sharing at my newbie party.

  11. Beautiful images. Thanks for sharing them with us as well as the blogs you love to visit. Take care and have a wonderful week.

  12. Veronica, I am loving your bucket list! My husband and I had a vacation in France some years ago. We traveled between Germany and France, crossing the Rhine over and over and drove up the Rue de Vin to Strasbourg. It was amazing, but once we were there, something overcame me and I felt this need to spend the end of our vacation in Paris. We finally got the little airport there to change our tickets, called a friend to find us a little hotel room and spent the last 4 days in Paris...it was magic! I hope you get to cross all of your wonderful ideas off of your bucket list.

  13. Oh yes, the canal boat (that very one???) is on my French list too!

  14. Veronica~ I loved your comment on my post - thank you so much!! I agreed with all you said too! I have a semi bucket list (mostly in my head which is NOT a safe place for hit). One of the things I want to do is ride on a hot air balloon also even though I am scared of heights. Every year there is a hot air balloon festival in the small town I live near. Sometimes I do things and think, "Oh, I'll put that on my bucket list" - like eating sweet potato fries while visiting in Virginia.

  15. Hi everyone. Thanks for adding to the list of gorgeousness. I will check out the other blogs you have recommended. Thank you for sharing with us! I loved reading all your contributions and travels...nothing more exciting than exploring the world...



  16. I love your bucket list . They are all fabulous ,I'm a regular reader of all these blogs. May I dare let you know about my blog : Le petit cabinet de curiosites : http://www.enseignedegersaint.typepad.fr

  17. Gorgeous photos, and your bucket list is great and I'm working on mine!

  18. I'm not millionaire or something like that but i feel that i already done almost all the things i want in my life, I'm just missing 4 things...

    1. Go japan
    2. skydiving
    3. climbing
    4. have a daughter
    5. my own business

    I wonder what I'm gonna do when I'm finish ahha

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