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.

La foire!

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One thing I like about summertime are the french fairs that pop up! I adore them. Mainly because of the cute sweet stands they have serving up any and all sugary concoctions one can imagine! Goodness I just wanted to eat everything.

Since Paris is a city full of beige immeubles (buildings), these colorful fairs are a sight for sore eyes. Sure you still your creepy carnies and the un-savory types who hang around, but it's all good fun none the less.

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Pierre, the boo

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moi!

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I'm looking forward to hitting up the summer fair in the Tuileries! I love going at night and watching the eiffel tower sparkle from the top of the ferris wheel!!

bisous!

Jessi

 

Le Sud de la France

 About a month ago my friend and I headed down to the South of France to visit my sister-in-law Charlotte and her lovely family in Hyerés les Palmiers. I must say, life in the South of France is definitely one to envy. Lots of sunshine, beach time, savory foods and delicious tropezienne desserts. I tried anchovies for the first time and LOVED it. It was so nice to get out of the city for a couple of days & enjoy a little of what the south has to offer. Can't wait to go back in June with P!

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Tropezienne dessert!! YUMMM

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The beautiful countryside between St. Tropez & Hyerés
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 HYERÉS LES PALMIERS

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bisous!!

Jessi

Brittany the Beautiful

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Last weekend I traveled to the Brittany region of France to join my fiancé's family. Sadly, we weren't there for the happiest of occasions. However it was nice to spend time with everyone and take it the beauty of the region.

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Pierre and I took some herbs from his grandmother's beautiful garden. We now have Thyme, Rosemary and Parsley growing on our balcony.

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These were growing in massive amounts and smelled so good!

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Pierre's uncles made Beef Bourguignon - deeeelishh!

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 The lovely Tertre/ Raulet/ Muraz/ Michelet Family

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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetI took a hike with Pierre's dad up the cliffside along the Emerald coast.  On a sunny day this water is emerald green.

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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThe sky at sunrise was absolutely stunning on our drive back to Paris. I've been noticing the blue that you find in the sky in France isn't the same blue you see in the states. Once the cloud give away, the sky looks almost as if it were painted. I'll try to capture this is a photo soon!

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We received our Bretagne right of passage, we got these lovely Brittany breakfast bowls as a gift from Pierre's parents & grandma.

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Merry Frenchmas!

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P's family lives in Strasbourg, so it was only fitting that we spend our first French Christmas there. I've been here many times before, usually around Christmas or in the middle of the summer. P had to work on Christmas Eve so I headed Strasbourg a day early to spend time with his family. I about missed my train, it was quite the adventure I tell you. More adventure than I care to have at 5:45 am. I was happy to arrive early and meet my little niece Grace.

Not only is Strasbourg one of the two European capitals, it's widely famous in France for being the capital of Christmas and for their Marché de Noël [Christmas Markets]. I really can't even explain how mesmerizing and fun these markets are. There are around 17 throughout the city all pretty much offering the same things. There you'll find lots of vin chaud [hot wine], breztel, ornaments, chocolates, beignets, wooden toys, christmas decor galore, cakes... goodness the list goes on and on. It's a Christmasphile's dream. I can't wait to take my parents one day since my dad LOVES Christmas :)

In the town center plaza is where you'll find the city's Christmas tree (see above). This year it was assembled incorrectly and leans to the left. It was given the nickname "leaning tree of pisa".

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Pierre's dad makes vin chaud every year and it's SO good. Below are some of the basic ingredients: Cinnamon, anise, ginger, pure cane sugar, orange and of course wine. There are other ingredients not shown, they're family secrets ;)

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Charlotte, Micka & I hit up the Museum of Modern Art on Christmas Eve. Got to see some Rodin, Picasso and other treasures.

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Cute tiny finger food pasteries

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We started off Christmas Eve dinner with an aperitif. I always love these because you get your snack on (and a lil buzz) before dinner time. Aperitif was light because our meal was heavy. Aperitif consisted of the following: Christmas Picon cinnamon beer, smoked salmon, boudin blanche and small flavored cheeses. Dinner: yummy tasty delicious foie gras [duck liver] on spiced bread, seafood & avocado salad, Chapon stuffed with farce and sweet potato fries. Lawd!! For those of you who don't know Chapon is a rooster and farce is stuffing. Our farce was a mixture of bread, foie gras, veal, potato etc. SO good. For dessert we had a lovely Buche de Noel made by P!

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On Christmas day I was able to Facetime with my family in the States who were in Chicago spending the holiday with my brother. They got to meet Pierre's family for the first time! We're so lucky to live in a day and age where we can see our loved ones on Christmas even though an ocean separates us! love love love.

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Geez, Christmas was just so great this year. I'm so thankful to P's family, who made me feel like apart of the family. I know my parents are thankful for that as well. First Christmas in France = a success!

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas as well!

bisous,

Jessi