We have been in France for less tan 2 weeks but it already feels like so much has been seen and accomplished. Actually, it feels like we never left. Last year at this time we were in Europe as well…Luxembourg which is basically like a mini France/Germany and only a couple of hours away (by car) from Max’s parent’s place in Reims where we are staying right now while we search for an apartment in Paris.
Th pictures above are of Max’s grandparent’s house (on his dad’s side), which is called a “mas” in French. A mas is a big old stone house in the South of France. I love the yellow!
We ate amazing, fresh, organic food while we visited. The top picture there is of wild boar that Max’s grandfather hunted himself. This wild boar only ate fallen fruit, grass and wild mushrooms for his entire life span. It tasted like pure luxury! It melted in my mouth! Oh la la!
The second picture is of Nougat, prepared the traditional way by La Mamie (grandmother) of Max. It only has almonds and honey but when prepared with a lot of muscle and a lot of love, it’s a dream in my mouth.
Besides the South of France, I’ve been sporting my grandmother’s fur jacket all around town. It fits perfectly in this country. My grandmother bought this jacket when she was 20 years old and almost never wore it. She has always been a modern women (and still is – she is online, on email/facebook, travels constantly, has seen the world, etc.). At a young age she worked two jobs to live her dreams. By day she was a typist (she can type faster and more precisely than anyone I know!) and at night she worked at a rollerblading drive-in burger joint in Winnipeg. At 17 she took the train down to Florida to take her first Caribbean cruise alone. I am always blown away when she surprises me with stories about the adventures she had!
And now I have her jacket and continue her legacy.
Raw butter is virtually impossible to find in Ontario. Dairy products (except for certain cheeses_ must be pasteurized by law in Ontario. The French know better ;). Raw butter has a plethora of health benefits that pasteurized butter does not, including a pretty hefty vitamin K load. Vitamin K is essential for bone health.
The first thing I search for, wherever I live, is a health food store. I had visited this same health food store in the past, multiple times, but this time, upon our new French adventure, their selection of supplements and superfoods seemed to have doubled!
France is finally jumping on the natural health food wagon and it’s obvious by the fact that organic grocery stores have started to line the streets of Paris.
I started sewing dresses again. The sales have started here and Mondial Tissue (the greatest fabric store in the world) has tons of fabrics from 30-70% off. I had to jump on it. I now have two high quality dresses to wear because of it!
We found this one above, but never heard back from them. It was perfect!! I want a perfect Parisian apartment!
Send us some good apartment finding vibes!
Thanks for making it all the way to the end of this post…more cruise photos to come soon too!