Tuesday, August 7, 2012

one does tend to waffle on

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++ Remember when I didn't bring my camera to La Petite's Baptême? Well looky here, I managed to score this one photo. For the record, neither I, nor Papa's Wife have any idea what the thing on La Petite's head was all about. That was all Child Bride

++ Friday night I had a dinner date with Papa's Wife. It should have been with Gregory and Papa too but they were MIA (at Le Petit Bar with Brother-in-Law, The Farmer, and Honey Jr). But without the men hogging the conversation, I got to learn all sorts of nifty things about Papa's Wife. For example, she was born in Casablanca. Casablanca! Who knew? (not me obviously) A little tidbit about her that maybe I'd never find out with the other two chatterboxes there. Plus, we had all of the Caprese Salad to ourselves. It was a win win.

++ A teeny tiny mouse scurried across my living room floor the other morning totally freaking me out. But while I was freaking out, Fifty was scared witless and hiding under the stairs. That's right, he was hiding. So I got to shoo the mouse out of the house by myself, without any help from him. Have you ever seen a 70lb dog hiding from a mouse? Well if you haven't, I can assure you, it's quite embarrassing.

++ Saturday I met Mrs. London in Aix for our usual Rosé sipping and Zara shopping. It also happened to be the very last day of  L E S  S O L D E S  so it would have been rude if I didn't treat myself to at least a little something, and that little something was this top.

Zara
++ It's celebration time here at chez nous. Something wonderful has happened. The brilliant blog 52 Martinis hosted a contest where the winner would win €100 for an evening of cocktails. Guess who one... ME! I won! I'm a winner! After a summer speckled with bad juju, winning this contest feels like that silver lining is finally shining through and let me tell you, it feels really good.

++ In a little over five weeks, my mother and three of her friends will be arriving in Provence for a visit. I've been busy planning an itinerary wanting to make sure that they get to see everything that they absolutely must see while they're here (my mother says it's because I'm anal... thanks Mom). But of course, the must see list is all through my eyes. So what I want to know my friends is this... through your eyes, if you had a week in the south of France, what would your absolute must sees be?

Please and Thank You.

bisou
 

34 comments:

  1. Weeee! Congratulations! If anyone can make best use of 100€ for cocktails, it's you! You can wear your new shirt while sipping away.
    As for the south of France, you know how I love the Luberon, so that would be my No. 1 suggestion. Aix, Avignon, Cassis... how to choose?

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  2. Congratulations, it is fun winning something like that. Enjoy.
    So pleased that you have managed to find a christening photo.
    Enjoy your day, Diane

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  3. Sara! I just totally stalked your great little blog and I was thinking you might be able to give me some insider advice! I am coming through Marseille and Avignon next week! Also trying to get to Cassis and Gordes. Anything I should know or do?? :) Merci!!

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  4. I love waffles. No syrup - lots of butter.

    My 75 pound dog was recently scared witless by a 6 pound cat. George would not come back in the house and screamed like a little girl doggy.

    Your life is one I just have to read about every day you post. I mean really - caprese salad? I make it here at my house, but it's a hard find out there. ::sad face::

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  5. les soldes me manquent...sigh. but seriously though, July has got to be, like, the best time to be in France, just for shopping purposes!

    if you have time, you could try taking your visitors over to Monaco. obviously it's ridiculously expensive, but there's just something so fun and whimsical about being there and knowing you're in a tiny, tiny country. Monaco was definitely one of my favorite places from my experience in the south of France. plus it's breathtakingly beautiful - but then again, so is the entirety of the Cote d'Azur. I also really loved Aix - the giant market was fabulous. and Nice was really lovely too - in Nice you HAVE to stop by Fenoccio for some glace (not sure if you've stopped here before, but it is FANTASTIC)

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  6. Seeing Fifty hiding from the mouse would have been quite the site. As to your mom and her friend's visit, I would take them in no particular order to Cassis, Les Baux de Provence, Gordes, Roussillon, Oppede le Vieux, Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Pont du Gard. If I was going to take them one 1/2 day for wine tasting, I would take them to Gigondas (it's next door to Sablet and the prettiest great wine making village); maybe you could do Vaison la Romaine in the morning for the market and Roman ruins and then to lunch in Gigondas and wine tasting afterwards. Just a few ideas.

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  7. "it was all child bride"....omg i died.

    and that zara top is amazing. pretty much everything at zara is amazing. you are a brave woman for hosting your mom and her 5 friends!! i mean, look at you being all steel magnolias - i love it!!!

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  8. Ask Aidan, even with only two days left in France I was trying to figure out how to get down to see the lavender... But you've got tons of lovely suggestions here, and any of the above is more than what I would plan (lazing around drinking rosé, if you want to know!)

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  9. Ooooh, darn you. Darn you for making me click over to the Zara website just as I'm about to go do the last of my pre-vacation shopping! Now I'm going to spend the whole walk to town repeating "you do not need another shirt for vacation, you do not need another shirt for vacation" to myself.

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  10. Mice are so cute. At a distance. I think I wouldn't be too happy seeing one in my home. They're really fast runners! I am impressed you got it out all by yourself!!

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  11. A drive up Mt. Ventoux is an adventure in itself. Also, can't go wrong wine-tasting in the Cotes du Rhone...Vacqueras, Gigondas, Sablet. It's so beautiful. I actually prefer it to the crowded Luberon. ps. I love that shirt!

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  12. Aww, that's such a cute picture of La Petite...veil and all! : ) And I can't wait to hear about all the adventures you have with your mom! I bet you are so excited!

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  13. Ohhhh.... please do a post on what you end up doing!!!! We have yet to do northern or southern France...but I have plenty of suggestions for Central ;) FUN that you have your Mom coming over- yippee!!! English!!!

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  14. Confession time: I read this post this morning and I called Fred in to ask what she was wearing, specifically. He said he didn't know. I then asked him what he would like to visit if he were to go to the South of France. He didn't care. Seriously, what good is it having a Frenchmen around if you can't use them for info to impress bloggers in France?
    m.

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  15. Come to Salon for a soap factory visit in the morning and lunch in my hidden girly spot!!! I'd love to see your Mom!!

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  16. Well, there may only be one photo of La Petite at her baptism but it's a gorgeous one. I kinda like the veil ;) Planning on our first visit to Provence in the fall so loving all the suggestions.

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  17. Congrats on wining a contest! That's super exciting! I rarely win things, but you better believe that I'm a happy lady on the off chance that I do win something, even if I don't want/need/love it! Haha!

    I love that top and I remember LES SOLDES from my summers in France! It was such a foreign concept to only have a sale at a certain time of year, but really, it makes so much sense!

    =)

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  18. Okay, I've never commented before, but I've been reading for ages, ever since Kirsty linked to you a while back (and she'll tell you I love vicariously reliving my many summer holidays in Provence) so feel free to totally ignore me, but if it were me, I'd hit Avignon, Rousillon and Carpentras market, and maybe Nice for a day, plus possibly the lavender fields round Sault. That's just me though lol

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    1. Oh yes, sorry, my mum reminded me of all the wine tasting too (one should read blogs while on the phone ;o) )

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  19. The first thing on my list would be ... you. Then fields of lavendar, and then whatever you think.

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  20. holy cow, what a win!! And she is so cute! I'm getting ready to go in and fix your navbar, btw! sorry I didn't get it this morning !

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  21. Wow - congrats on winning! I love your blog - so funny and always brightens my day. Enjoy your time with your mom - I'm sure she will enjoy whatever she sees (moms are just like that).

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  22. Congratulations! That's so cool!
    A dog hiding from a mouse? I would love to see that!
    I miss shopping at Zara! My favorite store. I saw some shoes online and sent my Dad to buy them for me. Haha.

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  23. Dude. Fifty is scared of Monsieur Le Pez...I'm not surprised he's scared of a mouse! But hilarious to think about!!

    If I had all the time in the world in the south of France, I would follow Claude Monet's footsteps. That's what I'd do.

    And, can't wait to hear about your fancy night out with your winnings!!
    xx

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  24. As I used to tell my 85-lb golden retriever, "Some watch dog you are. If someone broke into the house, that's what you'd do...watch." Congrats on the cocktail party! If I had another week in the South of France (when the weather wasn't all out crap like it was when I was there for an entire month) I'd have to spend more time in Nice, a day with you, Aiden, Kirsty & the girls, and more time in the vineyards (mais bien sur!) Hugs and wishing you a fabulous end of summer with your mom & friends!

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  25. Um that is the BEST contest to win. I'd love to win drinking money!!

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  26. Well, what are the best parts of the south of France? I'm asking genuinely because we're planning a trip to Paris and your area for next late summer/early fall!

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  27. Have you ever been to Les Baux? We just went for the first time a few weeks ago for the first time and it was really amazing! Picture Carcassonne without the Epcott vibe. It's pretty close to you and there are some cool ruins to hike through (with a good audio guide), really breathtaking views, and the little village has some great shopping. You can also make a day of it and hop down to Arles when you're finished - it's only about 20 minutes away.

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  28. Congrats on winning the contest! Isn't it really the little things like that that put a little spark in your step and bring out our inner Sally Field?

    You like me, you really really like me!

    Have fun spending that hundy! I know you should have no problem! ; )

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  29. Oh all of the wine that 100 euros could buy! Congrats!

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  30. If you think mice are bad, try having a bat in your apartment. I found one in my room once while I was getting ready for bead (how it got in there I have no idea) and my roommate and I spent half the night screaming trying to get it out.

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  31. The interior of every wine bar in the vicinity.

    You ask for the truth, I give it to you.

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  32. Congratulations on winning the contest! nice one! and I LOVE your new top - gorgeous!! Re south of France -I would love to go back to Eze. The last time we visited there was a religious festival on and they had hundreds of snail shells filled with oil and wicks and the old cobbled lanes were lit with hundreds of these 'candles'. It was quite breathtaking! then we ate in this lovely restaurant overlooking the sea - magical.

    ps made contact with your cousins at the Blackbird Bakery and they asked me pick a flavour and they're going to make it their special next week!!! isn't that so sweet!!!! can't wait to try their cakes!!!!

    Sharon
    xxxx

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  33. good posting about one does tend to waffle on

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