July 18, 2014

June 6, 2014

L'EMBARQUEMENT : 70th ANNIVERSARY





                                    JOUR J: L'EMBARQUEMENT/ JOUR J: THE EMBARKMENT


Débarquement du 6 juin '44 : Le monde entier retient son souffle.
The Debarquement of June 6 1944, as the entire world holds their breath.
The Allied Forces; American, British, Canadian sent the forces by air and sea... landing on the beaches of Normandy, France to help defeat Hilter's army and to defeat Germany in the Second World War.
This Memorable Day in History is marked by the loss of lives of both military and civilians, entire villages and towns destroyed in Normandy, between 80- 90% of these towns being completely destroyed and devastated by bombs.
A VERY SAD day in history of the loss of lives, but at the same time, the mark of the VICTORY of the War, wherein France and the rest of Europe was freed from Hitler's evil hold.
I give thanks to our ALLIES and brave soldiers of all nationalities... who helped save France and to rid the world of this EVIL POWER!


May 23, 2014

MARKET FORCE ------ Mystery customer!



  I have a friend who works for a company called, "MARKET FORCE."  It's a very interesting idea, in terms of how it works.... The Mystery Customer is aimed at testing products and giving your opinion in order to help companies/businesses know how customers feel about their products and what people like and dislike.

I have recently become a 'Mystery Customer.'  In order to become one  yourself and benefit from being PAID for trying out and giving your opinion on specific products/items... Please read this coupon below and then go to the website and create an account. Be sure to fill out all the information required in the create a profile part. Once this is completed, you will be given "missions" to complete.
It's easy, fun and you are PAID to do this! What more could you ask for?!

Here's the info you need to get started:



May 11, 2014


It's been 8 1/2 years since my BEAUTIFUL and LOVING MOM, Louise left this earth.... but her presence is still strongly felt...

I love you and miss you SOOOOOO much, Mom!!  Through the realms of Heaven and Earth, my love passes on to you..... and I feel your love, too!

On this Mother's Day, and every other one, I wish to honor my wonderful Mom. She was like an angel and loved us all dearly.......

Love to you, Mom!!!!!

Happpppy Mother's Day and thank you for the life you gave me, and for helping me to become the woman I am today!



February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day to ALL!


Just wanted to wish you all a VERY SWEET VALENTINE'S DAY!


Hope it's filled with lots of good things.....

I'm off to Miami to see my brother, sis-in-law and my niece and nephew on Monday! I can't wait!

It's been since 1987 since I was last in Miami.  It will be great to see family again, after so long!

Can't wait to have some HOT weather, sunshine and beach!


January 27, 2014

Best Friend in Paris!



Everyone needs a best friend, especially when you're traveling in a foreign country where you don't know the ropes and have limited time to learn!

Donna Morris, "best friend," is certainly not your typical 'tour guide.'  She's not a concierge, she doesn't spend time recounting French history or take you around town in a large group on a tour bus....

Donna takes you around the enchanting city of Paris, on foot... on public transport, showing you places you wouldn't find on your own, the 'local' spots... or as I like to say, "the hidden treasures," as well as the well-known monuments.  She has been living in Paris as long as I have been here in France, that's almost 8 years... and has extensive knowledge about and experience in our City of Light.

It's so refreshing to tour around with someone who can show you all the great spots, who can share a coffee or glass of wine with you... or stop for lunch at a cute little cafe or bistrot.

Donna speaks French fluently and knows her way inside and out around Paris.  She is originally from Texas, grew up in North Carolina, and has lived in several different States in the U.S. She moved to France in 2006, and has been living happily in the 8th Arrondissement in Paris, where she continues to live her days discovering new corners of Paris, dining with friends and riding her bike through the Bois de Bologne.

Donna is an excellent choice for finding your way around Paris, and seeing a side of the city from a 'local' perspective.

Please click here to view her website and to contact Donna for more information: BEST FRIEND IN PARIS: 






December 9, 2013

Birthdays GALOUR!!!!




  Today is the 48th B-Day of my dear, sweet hubby, Alex!  I forgot to post on my b-day, which was on 28th Nov... but no worries...


SAGGS ROCK!!!  Most of my closest friends are saggs.. We're just cool like that!



A HUGE SHOUT OUT AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY ALEX!!!!


LOVE YOU LOTS, Honey!!!






December 6, 2013

Nelson Mandela.... One of the LAST GREAT MEN....



Last night, Nelson Mandela, fondly nicknamed, Mandiba, departed.   He lived from 1918- 2013, nearly one hundred years of life on this earth.

For me, Nelson Mandela was a great leader, a great man... one of the last of his kind! He fought for democracy and equality in a country where those did not exist, and was held as a prisoner for high treason, incarcerated for 27 years because of his strong convictions.  Years later, he was elected President of this very same country!  He made so many positive changes for South Africa.  He did not give up fighting for what he believed in.

I tear up when I think of his greatness, because he, along with Martin Luther King Junior, are the only two men I can think of who made it their life's mission to fight for equality.  I don't think the world will see another like Mandela, at least NOT in my lifetime.

Nelson Mandela, you have done so much for us.  Thank you for believing in humanity and for never giving up!  For believing so much in this that you made it your life's mission.  You have helped so many millions of people around the world.

You light will never go out!  You will be remembered throughout history and  your legacy will live on!

God bless you, Nelson Mandela and may you finally rest in peace.

Amen.

"I dedicate today to Neslson 'Mandiba' Mandela. 1918- 2013. A man of the the world, a man dedicated to this world. There will be no other like him. His GREATNESS will never fade or be forgotten. For me, this man represented freedom, equality and democracy. He fought his entire life for it... and fought hard! GOD BLESS YOU, Mr. Mandela. I am in morning and weeping with the people of this world who are so sad to see you go... 
But, I believe it was your time, and you are at PEACE now. 
Godspeed to you, Mr. Mandela. We will try to continue in your name, to fight for justice and equality..."     --- Leesa M. Garcia, c. 2013

**Photo courtesy of the internet.

October 31, 2013

Happpppy Halloween Everyone!





Just got back from a week in GLORIOUS and HOT/SUNNY Barcelona!

What a FANTASTICO holiday I had ... very fun, relaxing and full of biking ALL over the place! I fell head over heals with this beautiful and dynamic city! I just LOVE Spain!  Really reminded me of San Diego, and of Southern California! I was great to speak Spanish again, too!

I'll post some pics.. Just wanted to let you all know I'm back safe and sound and wish you all a very

Happppy and Safe Halloween!


Cheers!


September 29, 2013

Venezia.. FUN FUN FUN! A MUST see when in Italy!



  Some travel pics!

Seriously... THE BEST coffee in the WORLD!
Italian coffee, in Italy!





We took a BOAT to get to the airport from Venice!
I was hitch hiking! hahaha 
The yellow boat was ours... 1 hour 10 minutes to get
get to the airport from where we were staying.



What would Venice be WITHOUT gondolas?!!



Alex looking, tan and well-rested after our 3 week 
holiday in Italy!  Both of us, a few kilos de plus!



A typical 'street' in Venice!  This one is a bit wider than 
the ones in the city center!
Gotta LOVEEEE VENICE!



Me in Tree!  



JUMPING for JOY! 
(Notice the nice looking YACHT in the background!!!)



Italia.... I LOVE YOU!!!!




Hi Everyone!


Just got back from a late summer holiday in ITALIA!!!

Alex and I spent three glorious weeks filled with SUN, HEAT, PIZZA, PASTA, GELATO, GOOD SIGHTS ALL AROUND and MOSTTTTTT IMPORTANT-- GREAT, no FANTASTICO caffè!

Italian coffee has to be the BEST in the WORLD!  I'm convinced!

We started off in the beginning of the Sept, the 2nd to be exact and came back on the 24th.

Here is where we went:

Roma          4 days
Sorrento      3 days -- stayed in Agnello visited Sorrento, Positano, and Pompei

Lucca          2 days

Cinque Terre  6 days - Stayed in Manarola and went by train/boat/walking to the neighbouring towns,
                                     from Monterosso, we went by boat to Portvenere.

Florence         5 days with a day side trip to Siena


Venice            3 days


Did LOTSSSS of stuff, ate lots of great food... and I'll give names of places we stayed, good tips, reviews and other important info, in case you're traveling to Italy!

August 20, 2013

HAPPY 7 YEARS TO ME!

Yesterday, 19 August... marked 7 years that I have been living in France!  

WOW!! Time sure flies, doesn't it?!  









August 10, 2013

Re Do....











We're SMACK dab in the middle of re-doing our kitchen... and it really feels like an eternity!  It's a very SLOOOOWWWWWW moving project, I think mostly because Alex works til late and the days have been hot.. At any rate.. Life is a bit 'on hold' at the moment...

Some ideas for kitchens...  from the internet.. We're going with IKEA... Already have things decided and where things will go.. It's fun.. Can't wait til it's all done and finished!


July 29, 2013

Nassi's B-day at the gym and raspberry cheesecake.. YUM!












Nassima is an amazing and very beautiful young woman who works at my gym!  She is one of the sweetest and kindest people I know.  I wanted to do something nice for her and show her how much I appreciate her so I organized a little get together at the gym with some fellow gym friends... It turned out to be a fun party and I wish Nassima all the best of everything!

Happy Birthday, Nassi!  We love you!