Tonight, we are celebrating!
I have been working for weeks researching and registering the girls for summer camps in France. Today, I finally received the last confirmation – and we are good to go! 6 summer camps in 3 different countries!
Many of you want to do this next summer – so I thought I’d [...]
This stylish, seaside town was once frequented by European nobility and is no less glamorous today. You can’t walk down the beach without bumping into a beautiful European or sun-drenched surfer.
Take a break from the beach and stroll along the boardwalk to admire the views of the sea and the old port. And when [...]
This week, I helped a very sweet lady plan her trip to the Basque Country – and I couldn’t stop gushing about how much I love that region of France.
The Basque Country is an area of southern France and northern Spain along the Atlantic coast. To be honest, I know only this much about [...]
I’m living vicariously through another family’s blog. The family in question is living in “my” house in Puyloubier, France. They are on a year-long sabbatical and their children attend the school that my girls attended last spring. I especially love the blog’s photos, because our old friends from the village occasionally make cameo [...]
Oh friends, what a horribly grey and rainy January this is shaping up to be. Thank God for hot yoga, cold champagne and books. I’m currently reading The Cursing Mommy’s Book of Days. The fact that I think this book is hilarious and spot on, should give you an indication of my current [...]
Happy New Year séjour families!
Now that the kids are back in school (whew), we mommy types have a tiny bit more time on our hands. Which for me means… time to start working on next summer’s séjour!
This year we’re trying something new. Instead of finishing the school year in Provence, our plan [...]
. I’m happy to announce that Séjour Travels is a sponsor of this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Festival! If you live in the Seattle area, you must come to the party! This year’s party will be held at the Columbia Tower Club on Friday, November 16. You can buy tickets here. . [...]
I met a woman yesterday who said that her company’s mission is to sell happiness. Isn’t that wonderful? Who wouldn’t want to buy some of that?
This incredible woman is named Claudette Hunt and she owns France: Homestyle. Claudette specializes in helping travelers find the perfect rental property in France. By all accounts, [...]
This was a fun exercise for me – I asked the girls to name 10 things they loved about living in Puyloubier. I kept my mouth shut and just took notes.
the sun was hot dessert at lunchtime the food, especially the melons and sausages at recess when the kids used only their imagination because [...]
We went to a few parties this weekend – and I tried really hard not to drone on and on about France. But of course, I failed miserably! In my own defense, everyone had a ton of questions and it was hard to stop singing the praises of Provence!
The same questions came up over [...]
Without a doubt, our favorite souvenirs are the experiences and the friendships we made in France. But those are harder to unpack and describe in a single blog post. Here are the tangible versions of our souvenirs:
My French shopping basket. I bought it the second day I was there and I used [...]
Almost two months after Laurie and our daughters arrived in Puyloubier, France, I finally flew in from Seattle to join them for the last 10 days of their stay. After landing and making a quick stop for lunch in Marseille, Laurie took me to the [...]
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I’ve been so busy living, I haven’t had time to blog about it!
First of all, life in this tiny village has been surprisingly busy. Between school events, village fetes, playdates and dinner dates, we’ve got something [...]
Sasha said today that when she grows up she is going to be a mother, a teacher and a Judo girl. And maybe also a gymnast.
Judo is really popular here, so we decided to give it a try. I have been so impressed. Their lessons are jam-packed with physical activity and concentration. By the [...]
The U.S. is on the cutting edge of technology, right? WRONG – at least not when it comes to travel-friendly credit cards. If you are planning to take a séjour, particularly to a small town – here’s a tip: Get yourself a chip and pin credit card.
I came out of Carrefour this morning to find a VERY flat tire. And no spare.
We leased this car from AutoEurope, and I have to say their service was great. I called the roadside assistance number they provided to us and help arrived within 30 minutes. Peugeot will pay for towing [...]
The French eat well. They can’t help themeselves. It’s a core value. Take the school lunch program. Nutritious, varied and tasty. Served in three courses, family style. Here’s what my kids have been eating lately:
Yesterday: Radishes in butter, stuffed vegetables, cheese, petites suisse [...]
In 1827, the Pasha of Egypt gave the King of France a giraffe. Her name was Zarafa and she sailed from Alexandria, Egypt to Marseille, France in a special boat with a hole cut out for her neck. After wintering in Marseille, Zarafa “wearing sylish boots and a cape” walked 500 miles in four days [...]
Thanks to a few great friends, this house has finally become my home (away from home). Our Parisian friends came to stay with us over the long weekend. We got to travel around the region and see some pretty spectacular cities – more on that in another post. But [...]
I can’t believe we’ve been here a full week! I absolutely love hearing from all my friends. The house gets pretty quiet at night and it’s nice to read your emails! Today, I thought I’d share some of the questions (and answers) I keep getting.
How are the girls getting along in French?
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