Chez Paola

Besides being a food and travel writer, wine buff, art historian, Dutch culture freak and editor-in-chief of DUTCH, the magazine, I’m also a Francophile! My love for France is evident all around me. In my house, for example. As soon as you come in, you are greeted by an old, beautifully framed map of France. It was one of the first things we bought when we moved into the house -- and it is my pride and joy. Just like so many other things around my house that give me a sense of pure joie de vivre. From my nostalgic country interior to the bunches of lavender hanging all over the house. And the garden, of course. Especially in the summer. Huge hydrangea bushes, loads of lavender and plenty of bright red potted geraniums. There’s also the wonderful aroma of spices such as thyme and rosemary. I listen to French chansons, practice the language... and I cook, eat and drink like a real Fran├žaise. 
With Kirstie, my daughter, in our beloved southwest France.