So when I was asked for a breakfast date with a local French lady, Irene I knew I would have to make an effort. She arrived at my office with a box of warm croissants, ooh la la the woman has class!
OK I must come clean, ‘Irene’ is not a lady in the true sense of the word, but this 1976 Citroen H Van promotional vehicle brings a touch of Gallic flair and beauty wherever she goes.
Irene, named after the French lady that previously owned her is used by companies as a coffee shop or catering van that can be branded for promotional events, functions or weddings. With my business head on I can see she would be the perfect addition to the Pulse PR team as she adores food and drink and crazy about music and the buzz of sporting events!
With the summer season kicking off, Irene nearly has her dance card full and although she is an attention seeker, she is also very practical with stainless steel surfaces, lighting, water and electrical access.
I had a quick chat with charismatic marketing manager, Darren Diven who looks after Irene about where the idea came from and he said that this type of vehicle is very popular on the continent, but less so on these shores. With his events and marketing background, this plucky chap will go far, although Irene is still just based in and around Belfast until she gets an engine overhaul.
So inspired by this Gallic beauty, I had a think about all things French and here are some of my favourites.
CHRISTIAN DIOR: Fashion royalty whose legacy has continued long after his death, Dior is one of my favourite designers. And although I would have to take out a mortgage to wear any of his designs, I have been wearing Dior Addict perfume and lippy for as long as I can remember.
PARIS: Corny as it may seem, the romantic in me means this city of love will always have a special place in my heart. I went a few years back and yes it was as hearts and flowers as I imagined. I know Parisians hate the Eiffel Tower lit up like the Blackpool amusements, but I think it just makes it look even more spectacular.
BRIE: I’m not a huge cheese fan, but I love this soft fromage named after the region in France from where it originated. Granted, I wouldn’t eat a whole block in one swoop, but a wee touch of plum or chilli chutney and I’m a happy girl.
JULIETTE BINOCHE: A classic beauty as well as being an outstanding actress, she is always someone I enjoy watching on film. Also the fact that she starred in a movie about chocolate gives her extra kudos in my eyes.
CHAMPAGNE: The original and some say the best of the sparkly wines, despite the recent rise of the Italian imposter Prosecco. The tipple associated with royalty definitely gives it a certain je ne sais quoi and with so many good varieties in the supermarkets, means you can still enjoy a quality bottle without the designer price tag.
If you want to book Irene the French Van, get in touch with Darren @frenchvanco or +44 (0) 77135 63766
By Grainne McGarvey. Spotting local hidden gems from the world of beauty, health, fashion, tourism and hospitality. I have my ear to the ground (quite literally) to keep you up to date about the new or interesting products and services from our neck of the woods. If you know one – get in touch on twitter @grainnemcgarvey or at www.pulseprni.com