Monday, January 27, 2014

Behind the Photos XII

I'm feeling nostalgic lately. But I guess with only thirty-two days left in The LPV, a big ol' case of nostalgia was bound to happen. And what better way to deal with the nostalgia, then with another Behind the Photos trip down memory lane. This one features a family trip to Auvergne in the Summer of 2010.
(Behind the Photos are also the perfect cover for the fact that not too many blog worthy things are happening around here lately. It's a two birds kind of thing).
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When we drive the six hours north to Auvergne, we pass this along the way. Every single time we drive past it, I can't help but think of Homer Simpson. And then naturally, I think of The Simpsons which makes me sad because while The Simpsons are on television here, it's without the VO option (when a show is available in VO, it means you can switch it to it's original language). The Simpsons simply are not the same in French. I can handle a lot of shows in French, like Grey's Anatomy, and Les Freres Scott (aka: One Tree Hill), but not The Simpsons. 

And this is how freaked out Fifty would look on the car ride up there. Look at his face! His eye are 100% full of worry in this photo. Car rides used to be a nightmare, he would get so sick. Thankfully, he's more used to them now but he's still a worrywart most of the time and that's why I'm more than a little stressed about his plane journey to the States. If this is how much he frets about a car ride, imagine him being loaded into an airplane! Ay yai yai! (We took him to the vet last weekend and asked why he was so nervous all of the time and she said it's just his personality, he's a nervous nellie.)  

When I arrive at French Maman's house, it never ceases to amaze me how different it is to being at Papa's house and even in Le Petit Village for that matter;  the architecture, the topography, the climate, the vibe... it's like being in a different world, but we're only six hours away. It's nutty. 

Here I am relaxing in French Nana's bar. All we do when we go up to Auvergne is relax. I read the paper and books, catch up on magazines, and drink Rosé splashed with pamplemousse (that's grapefruit to you and me) and chill. I'm so chilled, I don't even bother to do anything with my hair #curlygirl 

This ASM Clermont rugby ball sitting on its own special little shelf is in French Nana's bar. Auvergne is rugby country. They freaking love it up there. Even French Nana can fill you in on all of Clermont's stats and player gossip (bonus of owning a bar with lots of loose lips I guess). And last year when she was recovering from surgery in a hospital next to the stadium, she was thrilled that she could hear the cheers of the match being played next door. I love me some French Nana. 


Bisous!

22 comments:

  1. French Maman's house is gorgeous! x

    Louisa @ My Family & Abruzzo

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  2. No wonder you are feeling nostalgic. I remember the same feeling during my last few weeks in France having been there for a year. French Maman's house is lovely and reminds me of my French friend's house near St Emilion.

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  3. I am currently in the stages of re watching the whole of Les Freres Scott and it is taking over my life!

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  4. Same here! I'm getting all nostalgic for everything..even my stupid POS washing machine haha.

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  5. That dog picture, so cute! Take in all you can during your last few weeks!

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  6. Gorgeous photos.
    My dog used to love car journeys. we never took him on a plane, so I have no idea how he would have reacted.

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  7. That expression on Fifty's face is priceless, poor dude..

    Really enjoyed browsing these past few posts, sort of a trip down memory lane before it becomes memory lane! Btw, that tweet by Lena Dunham was hilarious - are you watching Girls in the LVP?

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  8. When you get back to the states, Sara, they have a little Thunder Coat or something like that for dogs and cats that are nervous. My vet says they work.

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  9. Fifty is seriously the cutest dog! Thanks for sharing these pictures. I can't wait to read about your adventures back here in the states, and hopefully the transition back here will be a smooth one. : )

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  10. I would be feeling nostalgiic too - I'm already dreading having to leave. I love the fact that you're rocking the back to 2010 posts - gets peeps like me who'd only been around here a little bit get to know you (and Fifty, love him) a little better.

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  11. Fifty looks adorable when he's worried. Why do they have a windmill next to the Simpsons plant?

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  12. Aww, Fifty! Maybe he needs a shrink before his flight...

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  13. When we have our blate can we just do nothing, relax, and drink Rose? I think that would be fun...

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  14. i am so behind on life...and by life, i mean yours! i know you are moving back to the USA but why?! and also, you're blating with ami? i want in!!!

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  15. Haha, love that picture of fifty. And holy moly, you were TAN!!

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  16. Ah Auvergne - you either bleed yellow and blue or they kick you out. True Story.

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  17. 32 days? Oh man. You guys are really on count down. :*)

    So the most important question to ask before you guys head to the States: does Fifty speak English?!

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  18. Hi, We flew 12 hours from Dallas Texas to Buenos Aires Argentina with Pup, a Standard Poodle.
    I was worried for 12 hours. He came out of that crate they put him in with a huge smile on his face and dragged me out of the airport so he could finally pee .. I had a much harder time on that flight than he did. So try not to worry about him flying. Be sure to have his favorite blanket or something that he will recognize the scent of , so he is not totally feeling alone .. I know you guys are going to go through all kinds of anxieties and settling in again, but we did it and I am here to tell you that it was much easier than I expected it to be. Good luck! C

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  19. Awe love that pic of the puppy! So great! Hope everything goes well- you got this!

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  20. Love the house! So pretty! And I can understand that you are nervous about Fifty's plane right! I would be too! I am sure everything will be fine! What's that collar around his neck? Looks like a massage collar! :)

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