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The Perfect Weekend

 
Friday night, Sexy Hubby, Second Daughter, Cute Doggy and I headed to one of our local restaurants for a family dinner. I was having a bit of an off day, to be honest. Annoying little things such as iPhone syncing problems – still not resolved! -and builders keeping you waiting, on top of feeling like I had a cold coming. Still, most of the evening was enjoyable until I decided to have a moan. On the way home, Second Daughter told me in no uncertain terms what she thought of my complaining. She was spot on and it was kind of a wake up call. I was grateful to her for pointing out to me things that should have been obvious.

On Saturday morning, I was feeling much better and headed off to my Pilates class together with a neighbour, who is quickly becoming a good friend. We had a nice chat afterwards and then she had to go. As for me, I made my way to the wellness area, fairly quiet at that time. The sun was shining and it was bliss to simply relax. I enjoyed my two trips to the sauna, the homemade bircher muesli I had brought with me and I finished my book. I drove home and it was then time to get some fresh air. Sexy Hubby and I had a lovely walk with Cute Doggy, the sun on our faces definitely hinting at the arrival of spring. Back from our stroll, Second Daughter joined us in the kitchen and we started preparing some dishes for our Sunday brunch with friends. A glass of Prosecco for us adults, lively music on, soon a tortilla, an olive and tuna tart and a carrot cake were ready. We ended the day enjoying the warmth of our tiled stove while watching a movie.

Sunday came and there was no stress in the morning as so much had been done the day before. Sexy Hubby took Cute Doggy out and Second Daughter and I finished preparing the food and setting a pretty table. The day with our friends was delightful, lots of chatting and laughing, and a walk to make room for the cake!

In the evening, Sexy Hubby and I snuggled up by the fire again to watch Vikings. At some point in the episode, a search party left with dogs and Cute Doggy made us laugh. He stood up, alert, and barked in response to the on-screen dogs, clearly ready to join them. When the scene changed, he looked a bit confused, then eventually settled down again and went back to sleep.

For me, this was exactly what a perfect weekend should be like and I was happy that even the Friday night, which could have gone wrong, ended up on a positive note.

How was your weekend?
 
 
Spring - Tree In BloomPainted Easter Eggs
 
 
 

Ten Things To Do In The South Of France

 
We came home last Saturday from a ten-day trip to the South of France. Or, as we like to call Gruissan, our little corner of paradise. After spending Christmas there, Easter was a first for us too. I have been to Gruissan with my Mum and the girls in the autumn as well and each season has its own particular charm. I thought I would put together for you the ten things we enjoyed the most during this holiday.
 

1. Take advantage of the numerous little cafés
Pains au chocolat and croissants for breakfast on market day. A rosé pamplemousse when it is apéritif time. A sinfully good crêpe mid-afternoon. Simply sitting there, relishing the sun on your face and watching the hustle and bustle of village life.
 
Café Terrace Vieux-Gruissan South of France
 
2. Admire the gorgeous reflections in the water
With the sea and many lagoons, there are a plethora of possibilities to come across a postcard perfect sight. I love the mirror image of the old, derelict Tour Barberousse in this picture and how the water sparkles.
 
Tour Barberousse Gruissan South of France
 
3. Discover new wines
Yes, even the ones with rather unusual names! This rosé was recommended to me and it did not disappoint. You can find out more about it here (if you can understand French!). We brought some home and I will keep an empty bottle for decoration, as I love this label.
 
Vin de Merde Wine Languedoc-Roussillon
 
4. Explore, explore, explore
We have by now spent a fair amount of time in the Languedoc-Roussillon region and every time we discover something new. A promise of adventure emanates from half hidden paths and stairs, just irresistible…
 
Stairs Notre Dame des Auzils Gruissan South of France
 
5. Vibrant markets
The market in Gruissan takes place three times a week, located on the main square only in the winter and taking over several streets in the summer. Every time, we buy a few jars of fragrant honey and perfumed olive oils to take back home with us. One of my summer rituals is also to buy cheap sunglasses to wear on the beach! But my favourite stall is where the spices are on display. I have to refrain from buying a little bag of each, mesmerized by the colours and smells…
 
Market Day Gruissan South of France
 
6. Dream
That one day, you will also be the owner of a flat, a house or just a shack similar to this one, with THAT view…
 
Fisherman's Shack Gruissan South of France
 
7. The maritime history of the region
This picture was taken in Notre Dame des Auzils, a chapel built almost at the top of a mountain where sailors and fishermen come to pray for protection. I have already written about the legend attached to Notre Dame des Auzils and its location. The walk up to the church is not too demanding and the place well worth a visit.
 
Ship Model Notre Dame des AuzilsGruissan South of France
 
8. Culinary delights
If you like fish, you will be in heaven. During our stay, my Mum cooked some very fresh scallops and obviously the taste did not compare to frozen ones. Oysters, mussels, sea bream… There is so much to choose from, including “couteaux flambés au whiskey”. According to Sexy Hubby, the meat dishes are equally mouth-watering. The cheese selection is of course unbelievable; personally, I am very keen on the numerous goat versions. We came home with some “vieux Comté” and a “saucisson sec aux girolles” from the market.
 
The Saltern of Saint Martin's Island Restaurant Menu Gruissan South of France
 
9. Art exhibitions
This time, we sadly did not make it to Carcassonne and to our friend Zanda’s studio. We went back to the Saltern of Saint-Martin’s Island, but the art gallery, Les Arts Salés, was still closed. We missed the opening by a few days only. Local artists can also be found in the Vieux-Gruissan.
 
The Saltern of Saint Martin's Island Les Arts Salés Art Gallery Gruissan South of France
 
10. Dog walks
If you have a dog like us, the walks on the beach or by the lagoon are an absolute delight. We love looking at Cute Doggy, ears in the wind, bouncing around, obviously very happy. As always he has been a bit subdued since we came back, I swear he misses his frolicking in the sand or observing life from HIS sun chair on the balcony. Well, we miss that too…
 
Dog walk lagoon Gruissan South of France
 
 
 
 





 

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Summer |
Douceur De Vivre In France

 
It looks like summer is over… As I sit in my study typing this post, fat raindrops are crashing against the window and it feels as though the cold is seeping in. So much so that I have wrapped my cream-coloured pashmina around my neck.

Luckily, the memories of our fortnight in that little corner of the South of France that we love are still fresh, as we came back on Saturday night. Together with cups of chai tea, these reminders of a gentle way of life are warming me up…
 

 Restaurant La Voile Blanche - Plage des Ayguades - Gruissan

Our dinner on the beach, next to the inviting lounge area
and several imposing Buddha statues.

 

Cimetière marin de Notre Dame des Auzils Ange Chapelle de Notre Dame des Auzils

Another excursion to the poignant Notre-Dame des Auzils.

 

 Dubonnet advert in Gruissan

This very old advert for an aperitif, spotted during a date night
with Sexy Hubby. Funnily enough, the same advert was mentioned
in the book I was reading, set during the Second World War.

 

 Le Salin de l'Ile Saint-Martin - Gruissan

Le Salin de l’Ile Saint Martin, displaying the most fabulous
colours. More to come about this interesting place.

 

 Colourful open Jeep selection

We pondered whether or not to get one of those,
but it probably requires permanent residency in the south !

 

 Plage des Chalets - Gruissan - 37°2 Le Matin - Betty Blue

We went to the Plage des Chalets, where the French movie
37°2 Le Matin (Betty Blue) was filmed.

 
 

Medieval city of Carcassonne Old house in Carcassonne

We of course felt compelled to pay the fabulous
Cité de Carcassonne another visit and caught up
with the painter Zanda again.

 

 Barberousse Tower and Lagoon - Gruissan

On our way to the market or to dinner, Sexy Hubby
never missed the opportunity to tell us how much he would love
a home with a terrace offering views over the deep blue lagoon
and the mysterious Tour Barberousse.

 

 Sunrise over the sea

Always a highlight of the holidays for me…
The sun rising over the sea.

 

 Early morning beach walk with the dog

Cute Doggy and I are missing our early
morning walks on the beach. A lot.

 
 
What was your summer like?
 
 
 
 


 

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