Spring has sprung… finally!

Happy April mes amies!

I hope you are ready for some gorgeous weather as much as I am! Winter seemed to be extra cruel this year and not so nice. I am eagerly awaiting warm nights with windows open and dinners on a terrace somewhere.

We got a little teaser this weekend here in Paris, it was 68F/20C and the Sun was certainly strutting her stuff and it was simply glorious!

Picnic in the park.

Saturdays since my arrival have been spent in/around the home. Either because we’ve had projects to work on or we just didn’t have a desire to go out. The demonstrations of the Gilets Jaunes have been every Saturday and it’s the casseurs (those who only come to destroy and vandalise things) who have been causing all the problems. But life still goes on.

This Sunday, we were invited to a picnic on an island in the south west of Paris called, Île Saint-Germain. We were a part of a group with 3 other families. And by Parisian standards, no matter how hard we planned our route, we were still ambushed by RER station work. But thankfully (and gratefully to my Navigo pass), we were able to take a slight detour and arrived slightly fashionably late. Luckily, we were asked to bring dessert and no one was waiting too long!

Île Saint-Germain.
Homemade Shortbread.

The great thing about Sundays is no one is really in any hurry to get anywhere and they’re trying to soak up every bit of sunshine that is available. The best way to enjoy that warm beautiful sunlight is to be outside, preferably in a parc, or on a terrace, lapping up that Vitamin D.

Wine, bread, cheese and blossoms were in full swing this weekend! The flowers were starting to wake up and the aroma was intoxicating…not to mention the smell of the food mingled with the flowers, woah!

It was great to escape the hustle and bustle of life that is, especially when it is less than an hour away from our apartment. Throw friends into the mix and it was a success! I’m not quite used to the way of life here, but I’m starting to remember it more and more. The simplicity of making time for one’s self and sanity. Work is left at work and the weekend is for friends, loved ones, and adventures. Those adventures come in many forms and I’m all about that! There is no time like the present.

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”

– Anne Lamott



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