Wednesday, August 14, 2013

things I would miss (if I left France)

Gordes, Provence, France
{Gordes, I would miss Gordes}
If there is one thing I have gotten out of the three plus years that I've lived here, one thing I've learned, one way that France has changed me is this; I now focus on the positive. I don't sweat the small stuff, and I know that there is absolutely no point worrying about the things that are out of my control.

(This is HUGE for me. Anyone that really knows me will tell you how much France has mellowed me. And it's true, I'm way more mellow for the simple fact that France will never bend. Ever. It is a stubborn, unmovable mass of pouty bottom lips making that pffft sound and Gallic shrugs. You will break before France breaks so it's best to just sit back and let whatever will be, be.)

I'm saying all of this because after waking with the homesick blues on Monday (you are all wonderful by the way, each one of your comments was like a cuddle), I decided to do what it is I do now, I focused on all of the things that feel good about France, all of the things that I love. Alors, I give you a list of what I would miss about this beautiful, frustrating and charmingly quirky place that I live, if I ever was to leave it.

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// I would miss the wine. I'm not gonna lie, wine is probably what I would miss the most. If you love wine like I do, then this is the place to be. So many delicious types, so low of price. If and/or when I leave France, I will probably cry and have to be physically pulled from my wine; my fingers pryed from my beloved Skippy Box (My Skippy Box is what The Husband has named the box of wine I buy because Skippy is my nickname. P.S. Even the box o'wine in France is good. I love this country!)

// I would miss the cheese. I was always into cheese; Brie, Port Salut, Stilton, but then I moved to France and discovered so much more;  Cantal, St. Nectaire, Banon, and the one that has my heart, my precious Bleu d'Auvergne. Don't ever leave me Bleu, I couldn't bare it.

// I would miss the reverence to the meal. Meals and meal time are to be respected. There is nothing as sacred as the Sunday lunch. From apéro to dessert, it's not uncommon to be at the table for three hours.

// I would miss the boulangerie. Very few things make me feel as French as going to the boulangerie and picking up a baguette.

// I would miss the rugby. Sure rugby is played in many countries throughout the world, but increasingly, France's Top 14 is where it's at because the French clubs are doling out the big bucks and the star power is beginning to flow this way. This is a very exciting time for rugby fans in France. If you live here, get your butt to a match. Pre-season is already underway.

// I would miss the faire la bise. This is something I never thought I would say because I haven't always been a fan of the double (and sometimes triple and quadruple) kiss greeting (especially during cold and flu season) but it has grown on me and life would feel weird without it.

// I would miss the summers. Summer in Provence is the best place to be in my opinion. Provence is already a naturally chilled place so when you lend the fun, holiday-like vibe of summer to it (plus all of the village fêtes), summer becomes magical. That said, Le Petit Village's annual festival kicks off tonight and Mrs. London is arriving in a few hours so I've gotta run. On y va!


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27 comments:

  1. Definitely good to remember the good things too! Yes to wine, cheese, and bakeries. I would add the relative ease of travel to other beautiful regions/countries, medieval etc. buildings and art, the fact that I can watch formula one at a civilised hour, etc....

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  2. These are all the things I totally DO miss about France! I got so excited yesterday because I found Camembert from Normandy in the German grocery store. I am so jealous that you live in Provence-what an incredibly beautiful place. I'm having a great time exploring your blog! :)

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  3. If I lived in Provence, like you, I would miss the same things in the same order... except for Rugby, I prefer Baseball. I love France and I love how French live. Every time I have to leave Provence I start to cry, France is my second home. Now I really miss to come ... I perfect understand you.
    Bisou, Babi

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  4. I know what you mean with both posts. I am back in the US for three weeks and feeling mostly homesick for France. Chipotle and Starbucks does not make up for the lack of good bread and cheese! That said, I can bring you back a comfort package if you like. Seriously, let me know. I can squeeze it into the suitcase with my daughter's Jolly Ranchers!

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  5. I don't even live in France and I miss the cheese! P.S. I having a giveaway right now for a handmade vintage clutch!

    -Brittany Ruth

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  6. I'd miss the cheap wine too. :)

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  7. I love how much of this is food related! A girl after my own heart! I would miss the sushi if I left Japan, I've become quite the sushi snob! Enjoy la fete!

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  8. the cheese, oh the cheese! I've spent a grand total of, like, 3 months in France over the years - not anywhere close to your stint! - and the French cheese still haunts my dreams.

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  9. Personnellement, j'aurais titré "Things i would miss if i left Provence". Mais ce doit être mon côté chauvin.
    [Attention, je tente de le dire en anglais] This post should have been titled "Things i would miss if i left Provence". But i'm a desperate lover of my sweet region.

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  10. J'adore this post! I hope that it helped you get over that bout of homesickness... such a great approach to focus on the good. :) And I could not agree more on the first point; it's been such a good thing for me as well to mellow out here too. Germans aren't known for their flexibility either; it makes me totally nuts some days, but they certainly aren't changing just to suit me so... adapt we do.

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  11. On the spot. Well, the rugby not so much, but the rest... you've got me homesick now.

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  12. I'm missing half those things and I don't live there lol Glad Provence has helped you find your mellow (how much of that was wine related? ;o) )

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  13. This is such a great follow up post. Way to keep those spirits high, I find that really inspirational! Maybe I should come to France too, my life could use a heavy dose of mellowing. :)

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  14. I could survive on cheese. I love it so much. And that view is gorgeous!

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  15. Bread, cheese, and wine. All things to greatly miss!! I actually wish we did kiss greetings here. I love them for some reason!

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  16. Hahaha the first two things I thought in my head were wine and cheese! ;-)

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  17. just want you to know that I did the ppft and the shrug after every point while reading this. Charlie thinks I'm nuts.

    you know what I say to that?

    pfft. (shrug.)

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  18. Maybe I should move to France next - I have an awful propensity to worry about the most ridiculous things. I need to be more laid back!

    I've never even heard of most of the cheeses you named. I'm so glad there's a world of cheese I haven't even discovered yet! My mouth is watering! :o)

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  19. I miss living in France even though I haven't live there for years and just reading your list makes me miss it even more...the weather, the boulangeries with real bread, the long leisurely lunches not to mention the long summers. Just enjoy it all!
    http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk/

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  20. I loved staying,in Provence for all the reasons you listed! I would adore loving there!

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  21. When I first moved to France and things wouldn't work out the way I wanted for whatever reason, my first response was to ask: "But whyyyy?" hehe Naive Little Grasshopper that I was--it is FRANCE! That is why! I can't remember if you read the hyseterical Bread is Pain blog?? That girl nails it on issues like this.

    And yes, dear bib (actually Skippy Box is pretty cute, maybe we all should call them that now), how I do love thee...although my liver most likely does not!
    Bisouuus...
    PS. I didn't read your homesick post as I was also feeling way too homesick that day. Will go back now...

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  22. The things I missed most after leaving France were my morning baguette (with copious amounts of butter) and my afternoon crepe from a guy who had a stand in the front of the Sorbonne. I would leave class and float over to the grumpy guy and have a crêpe beurre-sucre.

    Also perhaps the formidable sized beers.

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  23. they need to come out with a rulebook for kiss greetings and the different countries... i never get it right and then feel like a dumbass when i pull away and the other person is going in for the other cheek! happened to me last weekend! son of a...

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  24. Wine, cheese and boulangeries and 100% what I miss now I have left France!

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  25. I have TOTALLY mellowed out too - just living life and not worrying about things outside my control. I need to get myself to a rugby match apparently!

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  26. I totally understand all of your points. When I still lived in Germany I always crossed the border just to buy wine and baguette. :)

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