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

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

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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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