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Rennes was SO cool!!

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Sincere apologies for my long absence...I had promised to provide updates on my trip to Rennes - I am so sorry it has taken me this long. I visited Rennes in July 2015. I had not long recovered from cancer and my husband was kind and understanding enough to realise this was what I needed to experience once more what I truly love - GOING TO FRANCE!

I visited Rennes over several days....my first thought on descending the plane was that ''I wish I had packed welly boots'' as it had been raining before the plane landed! I had no other footwear other than sandals for the trip - due to previous trips to France - I predicted that the weather would be nice.

My visit was a really interesting one. I stayed in a hotel in the Old Town part of Rennes. a perfectly centrally located base for doing all my exploring....

I took many photos during my stay - here are some of them:













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.

Anyone for crafts?

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


Paris, I miss you....

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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.

Day 2We 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 ou…

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...




More French retail therapy...

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I cannot resist stationery especially if it is French stationery!


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!