Ultimate Travel Packing List

He who would travel happily must travel light.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Rue Ste-Catherine in the Gay Village of Montréal, Québec, Canada, May 2016 Salut! I love to travel and enjoy planning trips, organizing what I will need to take, and sharing what I've learned about the process (through beaucoup de trial and error) over… Continue reading Ultimate Travel Packing List


Two International Travel Tips

Live with no excuses and travel with no regrets.” ― Oscar Wilde Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany, October 2018 Salut! After a brief break from blogging while Ma Famille and I relocated from Illinois to Vermont, I am ready to get back to writing! I'm thinking about 2020 travel plans - which hopefully includes trips to London and Tokyo -… Continue reading Two International Travel Tips


Galena Airbnb with a Pet, August 2019

The journey is the thing.” ― Homer, The Odyssey Salut! Ma Famille and I recently traveled to Galena, a small town in northwest Illinois on the Mississippi River. Mon Mari and I rented a historic miner’s cottage via Airbnb and took Le Chien with us. Today’s post shares our highs and lows of staying in… Continue reading Galena Airbnb with a Pet, August 2019


Vermont Scrapbook, August 2019

All in all, Vermont is a jewel state, small but precious.” ― Pearl S. Buck Salut! My long weekend in Vermont to visit Mes Parents was just as relaxing and beautiful as I'd hoped. There is indeed something précieux about that small state tucked between the Adirondack Mountains, Lake Champlain, and the White River. I… Continue reading Vermont Scrapbook, August 2019


Packing for a Long Weekend in Vermont

When you figure out your suitcase, you figure out your life.”― Diane von Furstenberg Salut! This weekend, I am visiting Mes Parents in Vermont. They recently retired from central Illinois to Middlebury and I haven’t seen their new cottage yet. The bad news is that Mon Mari and Le Chien can’t join me on this… Continue reading Packing for a Long Weekend in Vermont

Joyful Living

Bienvenue à Joie de Vivre!

Salut! Welcome to Joie de Vivre! I am excited to write my first post and share a little bit about myself with you. My name is Katie Kritikos and I love to write, travel, cook, and organize. I am also an ardent linguist and Francophile. Despite my nerd-like tendencies (I have a law degree and… Continue reading Bienvenue à Joie de Vivre!