Thanks to my French grandparents,  I knew I wanted to learn French from the age of 5 and  I quickly became fascinated by all things French.  This passion has brought me so much joy, in the form of travel, friendships, adventure, and of course, shopping.  A former French teacher and French boutique owner, shopping in France has always been my favorite hobby!   I have such an appreciation for the love and pride that the artisans have in making their products. 

My most treasured memories in France come from experiencing something unexpected:  a conversation with a local about something other than directions - a fresh goat cheese flavored with local herbs - a tiny village that I didn't know existed.  These are the types of experiences I want you to have in France as well.  Follow my suggested itineraries to create your favorite memories. 


 I invite you to come along with me to the less-known areas of France to meet the artisans who graciously invite us in and treat us to their culinary delights!    Be sure to catch all of the latest videos by subscribing to my YouTube channel - French Detours.

Un grand merci

A huge thank you to:

Jose Calvo of Leety Films for taking on this project, for his talent in filmmaking, and for his friendship. 

Patrick Urvoy of Patrick Urvoy Photography for his beautiful photographs, and for putting me at ease in front of the camera.

Fabienne Barrere-Ellul, Directrice de l'Office de Toursime - Salon-de-Provence  for her warm welcome, numerous introductions and support of my project.

Jean-Benoit and Catherine Hugues of Moulin Castelas for ​being the first to allow me to film,  for their endless support and promotion, as well as their friendship and hospitality. 

Claude Bobin, Janine Bobin and the Alliance Francaise of Greater Phoenix as well as the Alliance Francaise of Minneapolis/St Paul for your guidance and support! 

Dean, Alex and Kendra Nelson - my family, my support system and my biggest cheerleaders!

Martha Johnson and Fanny Mattens, who always say "oui" to my crazy French adventures!

And of course, Merci to YOU for following my adventures!