Tuesday, March 15, 2011

un peu style

{le style}

My fellow expat (very soon to be in her case), and fellow Texan, Sarah at Texpatsabroad awarded me the Stylish Blogger Award. I love these things. They're my flair. A big ol' Texas sized thank you to you Sarah.

Instead of seven fun facts about me, how about seven fun facts about Le Petit Village? Yes. I thought you might like that.

1. The population of Le Petit Village is about 260 but can swell to up to 1000 during the tourist months. Imagine what that's like for us? For example; that would be like if you lived in Manhattan and one day you woke up and there were 6.4 million people instead of 1.6 million. Crazy right?

2. We are perched at an altitude of 910 meters (2985 feet). You can see the Italian Alps from Le Petit Village (you really can). One day Fifty and I might walk all the way there (but I doubt it).

3. There is one standing house of worship in Le Petit Village (it's Catholic). There are also ruins of a medieval chapel in the old village:

{13th century}

But within the outer village, La Petite Notre Dame still stands. It originally dates to Roman times. It's that old.


3. And since Le Petit Village is super old you would think that all the buildings would look decrepit and crumbling wouldn't you? But they aren't and you want to know why? Because Le Petit Village happens to have an expert artisanal Mason on call that's why (not Freemason, plain old Mason). And do you want to know who that Mason is? (of course you do) It's Brother-in-Law. He restores the facades of old homes, making them look almost exactly like they did when originally constructed, but shiny and new again. So if you happen to need an old home in the south of France restored, give me a shout and I'll hook you up.

4. There is one épicerie (small grocery store. very small) in the village but it is only open from 8am - 12:30pm. Except for Wednesdays. It's closed on Wednesdays. How convenient is that?

5. And speaking of l'épicerie, it's currently owned by Child Bride's grandmother. Before that Mrs Honey owned it, and before that Papa's Wife owned it. See what a small, teeny tiny little place we are?

6. There used to be a Pizzeria in Le Petit Village. This is not to be confused with the Tuesday night Pizza Van but an actual Pizzeria. And guess who owned it.... Papa! (and even if he is retired from the pizza business, you'd think that he could still whip me up a pie every once in awhile).

7. Now as you know, we have one cafe/ restaurant/ bar. Most days it's 'opened' but is only open until noon on Mondays and on Tuesdays it's closed altogether. And it's also closed whenever The Parisian feels like it. Like last weekend. Seriously, it was closed this whole weekend. The b*stard. I'm thinking a little French style riot is in order. Like hello... where are we supposed to go? That's it, I'm going to find a car to flip over and set on fire.

Kirsty @ You Had Me At Bonjour... I can't wait to hear what my craft Aussie friend's fun facts  are (She's a little nutty. And crafty).

{av} at {long distance loving}... I know a little bit about long distance relationships and so does {av}, it's a bonding thing.

The Southland Life... she lives in Savannah and I've been obsessed with that place ever since I read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (love that book). Maybe she'll tell me seven fun facts about Savannah. Just a suggestion...

... no pressure



  1. I love that you keep winning this! You clearly are the most stylish blogger on the interweb! I also love hearing about Le Petit Village. Especially how everything is always closed for no apparent reason, or only open for odd hours. I miss France, but I don't miss the inconvenient hours! Happy Monday, I hope it's been a good one!

  2. OMG, I have to come visit!! High-larious! I am salivating, not at the whole pizza van thing you got going on up there, but at the old building thing. I can definitely imagine strolling through the village, checking out the ghostly energy in those old rocks and stones and then having a luke warm 1664 at your one cafe / restaurant / bar. Ahhhh!!

    :-) xo

  3. Right. Thats it. Ive decided Im going to quite my desk jockey job and come over there and open up a cafe. See you soon.

  4. You post always manage to make me chuckle!!

    also I had a dream that we were together last night just rocking out in le petit village? Odd... i think so too!!


  5. I love the sound of le petit village, when can we come. I guess mornings are better, if we want to catch smething open. lol xx

  6. I love the 7 things about le petit village. you are so clever. you really can't swing a cat without hitting a honey or a relative can you?
    we're coming over before all the tourists descend.
    a xo

  7. You have a talent, I'm glad you share it with us.

  8. this was an AWESOME post! i really like learning about new places. congrats on the award lady!

  9. I am chuckling over you flipping a car! Your story would make such a great romantic comedy! xo

  10. Ah, the small town life. Masonry, Alps, and burning cars. Bucolic.

  11. Your petit village sounds like mine! We have one bar where the owner gives my big bisous and tickles me with his mustache. I would love to visit le petit village!

  12. Congrats :-)

    Your village is so.... perfect.

  13. LOVE IT!!!

    Love the post, and LOVE le petit village. I am seeing some 'economic opportunities' in le petit village!


  14. I feel like you must have a wall of awards over there ;)

    Way to mix it up, hearing about the village is awesome. In my town I worked at one of the only restaurants and it to was only open until noon on monday and closed on tuesday. But my boss was way to greedy to ever close on a weekend.

  15. I'm wondering what a Le Petit Village reality show would be like...?

  16. Interesting facts! wanna come and visit. :P ehehhe and 260 people? wow, so you all kind of familiar with each other?

    P.S. hey Sara, thank you for dropping by on my blog. I felt honored. hahaha. Im glad you had a great day yesterday. :P

  17. yay! this makes me very happy! its my first award :) your village sounds awesome. t and i went to paris for our honeymoon and i didn't want to leave!!! thanks again for the fab award! xx. Katie

  18. Congratulations on your award - you so deserve it! I love following your posts in France :) XOL

  19. Congratulations on your award. You deserve it as your posts always make me smile! I loved learning about your village. How far do you have to travel to get to a boulangerie or boucherie?

  20. LOL every building you mentioned has a connection to you!! LOVE IT! Makes me want to see your quaint town someday. Love how they have a mason on call to keep the town looking authentic... you just don't have that around here.

    Thanks for insights into your village! You should do a series about villages nearby and your personal connection to them. Okay, that maybe a bit much, but, I have to live vicariously through someone don't I?

  21. I haven't stopped in, in a while...my loss..you are too funny. Love learning more about your little town...I don't know how you do it with one bar/restaurant etc. GIRL...I would be banging on doors demanding vino.
    When you describe your beautiful quaint little town I feel like an alien who lives in outerspace-

  22. Snorted coffee over the flipping a car and setting it on fire bit! LOL!!!

  23. No wonder you're related to every one in the village. You're the only family in the village.

    Guess if I came to visit it would be easy to find you....

    xo Jane

  24. Someday my husband and I want to move to a tiny village and open a cafe with good coffee and tea and all of my pastries and desserts I make. Hmm, your village sounds about perfect! Loved reading about it, particularly the peculiarities of the French hours. You just have to shrug and say, c'est la vie.

  25. I know it's inconvenient, but don't you love the idea of having a shop that's open four half days a week? Works for me!!

  26. you are entirely too kind. it's definitely a bonding thing ;) loved this post...as I always love your posts. when I lived in Tours, everythinggggggg was closed on Sundays. I felt so oppressed on Sundays haha. so enjoyed getting another window into your world! thanks again! xoxo {av}

  27. This is awesome! What a great post. I don't know how you continue to come up with funny, original stuff. Hats off to you my dearie.

    I seriously think you should collate all your blog posts and write a book about all the goings on in Le Petit Village - its a fairly incestuous little place isn't it?? (And I mean incestuous in the "jobs changing hands between family members" not "hand-jobs changing hands between family members" way, cause that would be weird.)

    Looking forward to the day I can try to procure a drink in The Parisian's bar. Assuming he's open of course ...


  28. I won the award too! I wonder if it originated from the same place. Love your blog. I will be in St. Remy in May to paint the beautiful fields of poppies blooming.

  29. Hooray for you! You should get an award every day 'cuz you make me smile. And I LOVE "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil!" Good show! Hopefully The Southland Life will tell us everything about Savannah the good book missed!

  30. Congratulations on your well deserved award. I love reading about the Petit Village! (You do need a bar that stays open though - if not a riot, at least a good strike might help).

  31. You might be the most fashionable blogger I know with all of these awards! I loved the info about le petit village. The most exciting thing in the town where I live is if you head due West on our street you hit a Dairy Queen...

  32. Congratulations on your award. And these facts are so interesting, so jealous of your living in such an adorable village!

  33. Congrats on the award!! Le Petit Village sounds like that town in the book 'Chocolate' by Joanne Harris! Hey, that car might hit the news and you might be famous! ;)

  34. a fellow texan living in france? love it! you know, there are not many of us who would do that ;) but i certainly would!

    thanks so much for stopping by my blog! yours is lovely - i'm your newest follower!


  35. it sounds perfectly perfect except.. how far did you say the nearest starbucks is?

  36. Since you are *THE* most stylish blogger around I thought perhaps you'd want to try a different blog meme... So I tagged you in a handwriting game.



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