Vacances: South of France - bormes les mimosas

mimosa_EttaVee1 This beautiful village is tucked away on the side of a mountain. The drive up to the city made me a little nauseous because of all the twists and turns along the way, but I must say... it was MORE than worth it. Bormes-les-mimosas gets it's name from the mimosa flower which blankets the city around the beginning of the year. Even though the flowers weren't in bloom, the village charmed its way into my heart!

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The city is full of cobblestone and small passageways!

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flowers bloom EVERYWHERE, which also means there were all kinds of insects pollinating away (and biting the crap out of all of us). But goodness just look at this gorgeousness!

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After exploring the city we drove down to a small hidden away beach for a quick cool-off swim. It was so beautiful and the perfect way to finish the day!

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Okay, so this was probably the most adorable thing I saw while on our trip to the south. There's a small boat that travels from beach to beach selling chocolate beignets (see small white boat with red flag in photo below)! It parks itself just close enough for customers to walk out to buy their sugary treats! I didn't have any euro on me, so no beignets for me :(

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If you ever find yourself in the south of france, I highly recommend visiting Bourmes-les-mimosas. It was hands down the most charming village i've ever visited!

bisous,

Jessi

Vacances: South of France: French foodie

EV_jessimichelle_vacances_4 We're back in rainy Paris after a two week vacations to the south of france and amsterdam. I welcome the rain, as it gives me an excuse to stay in bed, listen to jazz, take my time waking up and coffee myself. Often when I return home from vacation, I see my home/ city in a new way. This is the first time I returned to Paris and felt as if I were coming home.

Our trip to the south was great! I've heard so much about the French and the way they vacation (which is often). As many of you know, France's work life balance is just that, balanced. Everyone starts out with a minimum of 5 weeks vacation. As an American, when I first heard this it sounded unbelievable, as I started with two weeks vacay when I worked in SF. I remember wondering 'What could all these Frenchies possibly do with all this extra vacation time? How can they afford to take so many trips?'. But that's another blog post.

We took a train down to the south of france to join up with Pierre's family who were also vacationing down there.

First and most importantly: the food

We ate mostly all of our meals outdoors surrounded by cypress trees, fresh herbs and sunshine. Wild herbs grow wild everywhere, so our meals were very well seasoned! Since I tend to crave savory over sweets, I find the salty foods in the south absolutely delish! They cook with a lot of seafood, especially anchovies. My favorite thing to eat there is Anchoïade! It's a provencal dip created with anchovies, olive oil, white wine vinegar and garlic. It's SO good that I brought lots back to Paris with me, I even had a request to ship some back to the states!!

Rosé is a specialty down here, and it perfectly balances all the savory dishes. Also, they have amazing pizza down here (better than italian pizza in my opinion)!

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This super salty pizza is made with anchovies, olives and capers. Paired perfectly with some rosé!

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Needless to say, I looked forward to every single meal! Merci beaucoup to all those who feed me well :) Many more photos from the south to come!

bisous!!

-Jessi

 

the daily french: se détendre

sedetendre the daily french: se détendre / relax

pronounced: [seh deh-tahn-dR]

Thought I'd throw in a reflexive verb today. I'll be spending this week in the south of france with Pierre's family, where I'll be doing a whole lot of relaxing.

Party in Paris

Fête de la Musique - EttaVee Let me first say wow!! The energy in Paris was absolutely unbelievable Saturday night, I have never seen Paris like this before. There was singing, dancing, drumming and laughter everywhere in the streets. Every year in all of France, Fête de la Musique celebrates the first day of summer (summer solstice) and of course music.

I have been looking forward to this day for YEARS. After first hearing about it in the film 2 days in Paris, I became curious about this day. Singers and musicians performed every single type of music under the sun; both professional and not. There were many famous french artists giving free concerts, as well as a free Lana Del Rey concert I found out about too late -wah!

It was cool to walk through Place de Republique. In that one plaza they had 5 different genres of music playing. Walking through and hearing all the music mixing was really cool and so was this guy...

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I took some video with my phone so you can see the range of music! Next year I will take my camera ;)

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I really liked the Hip hop group: Le Quartier Libre  I may try to catch a show!

There were also DJs playing on the streets; everything from top 40, mash-ups, dub step, and house music. Mini raves would form around them! We also came across a DJ playing salsa and a big group of people salsa dancing. Good dancers or not people were not shy and that was awesome. I asked Pierre if he would dance with me and he of course looked at me like I was crazy. So, I just filmed and admired. I guess my look of longing to dance was evident because an older man came up to me and offered me is hand. I got shy and said "no merci". Of course regretting it now, next time I WILL salsa!

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I didn't realize how starved I was for music and dancing until that night. I think I've found my new favorite day!

bisous!

Jessi