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 [...]
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 [...]
Yes, I admit it. I’m a little nostalgic (homesick?) for Puyloubier and Provence.
All week I’ve been trying to channel my inner French girl and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. The girls and I picked wild flowers, baked a clafoutis, took walks and read books. Dan and I have even been able to carve [...]
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 [...]
We made it home! And I really, really don’t want to unpack. I’m afraid that once the suitcases are put away, I’ll lose that séjour feeling… is there a song for that?
Two days ago, my kids were running around the village unattended while I sat on my stoop, sipping rosé and chatting with my [...]
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 [...]
This morning, the girls got to perform in their school’s annual Spectacle. The event was held in the village Salle de Fetes. It was basically a choral performance, although Sasha did get to recite a poem all by herself. I was so proud of them both!
There was also one very proud [...]
Grandma’s here! The poor woman must be absolutely exhausted after 24 hours of travel – but did we let her go to bed early? No way!
We spent the entire evening at a friend’s house – eating outside, drinking wine, talking, laughing… What a great group of people – a truly special night.
Welcome to [...]
Today I was finally able to steal a few hours to myself. And it was absolutely dreamy!
By 10am I had “faire des bisous” to everyone in the village, so I drove into Aix-en-Provence. After browsing the markets and art galleries, I sat down to a two-hour, three-course lunch at a gorgeous little bistro. The [...]
Sophia cried when she got home from school today. She says everyone is nice to her, but she is sad because she doesn’t have any close friends and she feels lonely. aaaaahhh! I know!! It broke my heart! We talked it over and we came up with a plan.
1. First, we ate some ice [...]
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 [...]