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Provence, France
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Les Baux in Provence. A very windy day greeted us. We walked a great deal, and mostly stairs, Molly said, "After this, I should look sculpted." Les Baux The light show in the quarry is a must see. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tongue in Cheek
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One church with bells that ring every hour for each hour twice.
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The photos are from my niece's cell phone.
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Annie’s tree is now the stump with a face carved on it.
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On a piece of paper, I wrote a list of things that the nieces had to find in our village. They spoke up, "But we do not even know the name of your street." In which I thought to myself that will be tomorrow's game. I sent them out telling them they had to take a photo of each thing to prove that they had found the things on the list. Happily, the set-out. A cat. A blue shutter. The church door. There are sixteen fountains in our village they had to find five of them. Number 1. A cat in a window sill. Discovering our village on an early summer evening. Another fountain. Number 2. Fountain number 3. One of the things I asked them to find was a place, a loop, where one use to tie their horse. Yeah, this wasn't it. Fountain number four. The front door of the school. Fountain number 5. The iron loop to tie one's horse. Happiness found. A year above a doorway indicating when a house was built. A face. Annie's tree. An iron "lettre" box. Playing with a cat since they missed theirs. A bonus, another fountain. A lion's head. The things to find on the list I made were within a few minutes on foot from our home. Faces on a building. Bravo. Tomorrow another game awaits. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tongue in Cheek
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Last night in Paris was an evening of musical beds. I woke up several times to check on my nieces, as I know the first night away from home can be a bit sad, and jet lag can have you wide awake in the middle of the night. Each time I checked on them it seemed someone had hopped beds, my youngest niece joined me in my bed around 4am. This morning we had to be at the train station early to catch the train to the south of France, I felt like the wicked witch having to wake them up, but they did so without any fuss. We made it out of the apartment in record speed, thirty minutes and caught the metro to Gare de Lyon where we had breakfast before catching the TGV. We will stay in the south for a few days before heading back to Paris. Hopefully, the sun will come out and summer will stop playing hide and seek with us. Le Train Bleu Those two did not sleep on the train, but the rest of us sure did. Jet lag behind them the adventure really begins! Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Tongue in Cheek
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They made it. The stories they collected on the eleven-hour flight could fill their diaries. Ah, the joy of "firsts", the little details, the sparkle in their eye, the curiosity, the awakening of wonder that something new brings. They were tired. Though from experience I knew we had to go outside and walk, and not go to sleep before 8pm. They followed my lead, such troopers! Polite, kind, gentle souls. We went to the Eiffel Tower because that is what you do. My favorite spot to view it the first time is from on top of the Trocadero. They gasped, "It is so much larger than what we imagined." An utter down poured greeted them, and it barely stopped. I told they had to bring portable umbrellas which were well baptized today. We rode the carousel with the Eiffel Tower looking at us. At one point on the bus ride home Marie dropped her umbrella, they simply stared at it as it lay between them. They were in such a tired stupor none of them had the energy nor the thought to pick up. I knew they were ready for dinner and bed. At last, our dream comes true! Two weeks of being together in Paris and Provence. Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at Tongue in Cheek
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Ten years ago before my Father died I was home by his side for several months. During that very sad time, I was able to spend time with my nieces. I got to know them in a way that I would never have if my Father had not been ill. I told them that when I turned sixty I would invite them to France. Gina 19, Marie, 19, Maci 17, Molly 14, and Kate 12 are on their way to France as I type. My sister in law Shelley and my nieces sent me these photos. We have been snapping like crazy these last few days. Because they are flying overseas alone for the first time. I told them they could only bring a carry-on and a backpack. Because how would I manage to keep us and everything together otherwise? As it has been raining I mentioned packing a portable umbrella. My mom gave each of them something to carry... but that is a secret to be revealed later. I will meet them at the airport in Paris tomorrow morning. Then we will head to Provence for a week, and then back to Paris for the second week. I do not know who is more excited. The nieces will not be here for Chelsea's and Martin's wedding as I bought their tickets before Chelsea and Martin announced that they were getting married. They are okay with that. And we will spend time with Chelsea over these next two weeks. All is good. Boarding. They are off! Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers for a safe and uneventful flight that in eleven hours they will be by my side! Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2018 at Tongue in Cheek
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Thank you Arnelle, I agree! My friends party was planned right around the time I bought the girls tickets to come to France. I think after the wedding I am going to feel a let down!
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Our dear friends Jean and Nathalie celebrated their birthdays. Their home, family, friends, the celebration was one of great joy and enormous love. Everyone should feel such gorgeousness in their lives. Delicious, wholesome, rich, unlimited, wonderful... Their birthday party was at their home, I love their home. If you would like to see more photos and videos please check out my Instagram story. Yann and Nathalie dancing is a favorite. Their creative ideas were everywhere. I loved it all. I swear Yann ate half of the cake by himself. What a fun party! I loved it and the blisters on my feet from dancing prove it! I am off to Paris, Monday my nieces arrive, they leave Sunday!!!!!!!!!! Oh, happy happy happy! Thank you for letting me share my joy! Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2018 at Tongue in Cheek
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At the end of the day, we have the earth under our feet, the sky above our head, and the air we breathe in between. The window with a view. The soft air of summer poured in. A simple meal salad, breadsticks, cheese, asparagus, a carafe of water and nothing for dessert. Simple. Delicious. Friday night. Reflective mode. Thoughts come and go like the waves of the sea in front of me. All is good. Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at Tongue in Cheek
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My parents, especially my Father as I became older use to call me, "Pernas de Cabra" or "Goat Legs" in English, because he said I was always up to something, going, going, going. Not in a hyperactive way but a diving into tackling life full on way. But I daresay Chelsea has me beat. If I am Goat Legs she is a Jack Rabbit. In a month's time, she will be walking down the aisle, has a full-time job, planning the wedding with Martin, running and now she is in Guiana celebrating her "bachelorette party" with her dear friends who invited her. Domi is working in Guiana and Leah is working in Italy, so why not go to Guiana for a week? Yellow fever shots and they were off rowing a boat down a stream. No wild nights drinking with half-naked men, alligators you say? Guiana, Kaw Photos via Chelsea Where they are staying and living life truly, madly, deeply. I am so happy for my daughter, to celebrate friendship and adventure and freedom and being a Jack Rabbit. Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at Tongue in Cheek
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A child's map I found the other day in a French children's newspaper called, "La Journal Rose" it was dated 1901. Do you know that France is made up of regions? Each region has its specialty and they are not to be confused with other regions. For example, Crepes are from the region of Brittany, though they are served all over France. But if you are in Rennes you might want to have a crepe, or a galette (Crepes are only served with sugary fillings, and galettes are served with salty fillings. Hence a Crepe is never served with spinach and cheese.) In Brittany, you also need to wear a striped tee-shirt. My French Husband is from Brittany, he is my informant. Oh, I nearly forgot, you must drink Hard Cider in a red stripped cup when eating galettes too. If you don't like butter don't go to Brittany. But the map above is of Marseille I got off track. Marseille in a nutshell... Pastis 51 Bouillabaisse. Notre Dame de la Garde The Soccer Team Mucem, The Fort of Saint Jean Caravelle, Maison Empereur (Though not necessarily in that order) Cannes, Nice, St Raphael, St. Tropez those seaside towns conjure up images of reclusive beaches and the playground of the rich and famous. Though with the arrival of the autoroute de Soleil the freeway back in 1951 those towns become the number one retirement spot for the elderly, as well as a summer destination for many. Now the rich and famous hang out on their yachts parading along the coastline. When they do come into shore along St. Tropez it isn't uncommon to see a bunch of young starlets jump from their small "taxi" boats to the shore in their mink bikinis. When they arrive on shore it is customary to spray them with champagne. So in case, you decide to come to shore on St. Tropez in your mink bikini or otherwise you stand forewarned to bring an umbrella or a hunk-of-burning-love to stand in front of you. The French Riviera (short film) Sur la pont d' Avignon Provence. If ever you want to taste the south of France read Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence. Photo by French Husband: Chelsea and I dancing on the bridge of Avignon Dreamy blue skies. A river runs through it. Paradise of fruits and antiques being one of them. We moved to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2018 at Tongue in Cheek
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I am jumping up and down with you! Excitement is fun shared!
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Once Francoise and I have it together we will let you know.
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That is a whole wide wonderful subject all its own. I have two blogging friends from the USA who moved to France if you would like to talk to them I will put you in contact with them.
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Yes, the coast is incredible isn't it!
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I am glad! I too am curious about how Chelsea's dress will look.
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I will note everything on my blog over time! See you late in November xx
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