Tuesday, 21 April 2015

La France - je reviens!!!

A visit to my beloved France is long overdue. I am happy to announce I am going to visit Rennes this summer 2015. I first contemplated going to Bordeaux for a week to do a refresher intensive summer course. However after much um-ing and ahh-ing I have decided to spend 5 days in Rennes to get my head showered at least. Don't get me wrong, I love my family and I love being a mum. But, being in France is the only way I can feel , whole , and complete again! Does that sound familiar? It's hard to explain, but the anticipation of going to somewhere fantastic like this fills me with excitement.
I left a part of me in Strasbourg all those years ago...the longing never ceased for me...I am happy . Flights are booked , and I have my eye on an apart-hotel..near the old town.

Updates to follow.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Anyone for crafts?

I rediscovered the hobby of making ATC's recently.  Here is what I made earlier:

French themed ATC's

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Paris, I miss you....

C'etait la reve la plus importante a moi!  Quoi?   Un sejour a Paris!

From the 14th to 17th March my partner and I went to Paris for a little break..
We booked a nice, cosy little hotel in central Paris, just south of the Montmartre region.
When we got there, the airport bus left us off at Gare du Nord.  From there we managed to flag down a taxi to take us to our hotel.  The taxi driver gave me my first 'your French is excellent' compliment!!  I was so happy but not quite convinced.

Here is what we did:

Night 1 (not long after arrival):

  • Dined in a typical little Parisian restaurant, off the Rue Lafayette. 
  • We headed back to the hotel,as we'd been travelling all day, early night and recharge batteries for the following day.

Our room

Day 2

  • We headed straight for the Eiffel Tower - leaving the hotel at 8.30 am. I was so excited!!  The weather was nice.   We walked along the Champ de Mars - I didn't recall the Tower being so small before!  But there were renovations being carried out...
  • We visited the Champs-Elysees, by foot, starting at the Arc de Triomphe and walked all the way down!   We reached the Place de la Concorde (Egyptian obelisk) and took a nice stroll towards the Louvre Museum....

We passed by a cheese shop on the way.

Giant sweet sculpture on the Champs-Elysees

Street sign

View from bottom of the Champs-Elysees

Obelisk at Place de la Concorde


Pyramid at the Louvre museum


Day 3

  • We decided to head up to the Sacre-Coeur and walked up the steps to get to the fountain bit, however ~ there was only one local souvenir shop open at 9.15 am in the morning. There was a group of about 20 tourists that seemed to have crammed into that one tiny shop, needless to say I couldn't buy anything.    
  • We took a walk towards the Moulin Rouge area, which my partner had wanted to go - to have his photo taken of the famous windmill!!
  • Later on that day, we managed to come across an antiques market, which sold old retro comics, music, newspapers etc!   
  • We went to the Cemetery at metro stop Pere Lachaise, sort of east of the city. I knew that Jim Morrison's grave was there, as well as that of Chopin (composer) and  writer Oscar Wilde.  This was interesting to see! The cemetery was massive - with an amazing 70,000 graves in it.

  • A visit to 'Chinatown''  except it wasn't just Chinese folk there. (I am Chinese by ethnic origin). There were loads of Vietnamese, Thai and Indonesian businesses there too!  We also came across by accident, an ''Indian town'' in which there were about three whole streets dedicated to Indian restaurants, shops selling Bollywood stuff and Indian clothing! A little odd for us!

Electric car!

The Sacre Coeur

View from the Sacre Coeur

Moulin Rouge

La Patisserie!

French Patisserie (bakery)

Oscar Wilde's grave


Sunday, 3 March 2013

Paris, here I come!

It was long overdue. Yes. 
Paris!!   My affair with France hasn't finished yet....it took quite some persuading and tears for me to 'convince' my partner we just have to go there!

So, we went and bought a guidebook today, booked the trip etc. etc - to say I am excited is an understatement!!

More updates to follow...

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

More French retail therapy...

I cannot resist stationery especially if it is French stationery!

France themed letter writing set, notebook & file holder

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

So Hollande is the new president..

I tuned into my local news channel the other night to hear of jubilant crowds in France cheering on Francois Hollande, the newly elected president of France.  To be honest I don't follow politics much but it moved me , so much so I wanted to be there!!    

Thinking back to my trips to France in the past, I remember the friendliness and hospitality of the people.
I remember their passion for food and art.   It's been a while.  I think a trip back to France is long overdue..my boyfriend would disagree.....but watch this space!

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

C'est simple....la France me manque

As I sit here and type I am slowly feeling my body going through the motions of having withdrawal symptoms - from what??!    From not having the joy and love that comes with being there. France I mean!!    Strangers pass you by say  'Salut!', acquaintances do their  'cheek - kissing'.... I miss Montmartre.... (did you know that the video from Savage Garden's 'Truly, Madly, Deeply' was filmed there?!).....baguettes, the crazy street drivers on the Champs - Elysees!

More update follows......