Road Trip! France & Italy

When we holiday, we like to make use of our time. So, for this trip, we decided to do seven cities in four days:

  • Montpellier, France
  • Grasse, France
  • Aix-En-Provence, France
  • St. Tropez, France
  • Monaco
  • Portofino, Italy
  • Genova, Italy

Crazy? Yes. Super fun, though. We spent just enough time in each place to look around a bit – two days in Genova, which was fantastic. Off season was amazing. We explored the Palazzo Rosso & Bianco, and we had the whole place to ourselves. 

We made our own custom perfumes in Grasse, took a wine tasting challenge in Montpellier, walked the markets of St-Tropez, and had sushi on the marina in Monaco. 

Chalet Weekend

Major summer weekend vibes! Friends, fun, woods, no wi-fi. 

We had such a great time at a friend’s family chalet this past weekend, just chilling and looking at the (real!) stars – Julien took this photo, of course, it’s far better than anything I could manage!

I tried my hand at shooting a bb gun, which was fun, but scary, and we ate our fill of super food prepared by Richard. 

I sincerely hope we’re invited back, because this is a chalet of the Gods! 

Is it summer yet?

Almost! 

But no. 

We have started our garden, and planted some things out, and cleaned up the front yard, and started the back, and the tulips are peeking up, but no. It’s not summer yet. 

This winter was not that long! Julien had surgery on his shoulder in December, which made it impossible to do much of the outdoorsy nature until two weeks ago, so we spent the winter inside, and the snow and sub-zero temps didn’t really get us down for once.

Once summer rolls around, I expect to have more to talk about. Until then, dream of beaches….

Two outfit posts!

And this one is blurry. Again, self timers, you guys.

I finally managed to wear these pants in a way that makes me feel like they’re not pajamas! Sort of. They did feel like pajamas, but I felt okay about it because the jacket clearly shows I mean business. Business of not being in pajamas.

Suggestions have been made to hem them, which I may do. Others included wearing chunkier shoes, or heels. I can’t do heels, and I don’t like chunky shoes, so I am going to have to get out the ol’ sewing kit and stab myself in the fingers repeatedly until these bad boys are shorter. I will almost certainly end up with crooked pants, but who knows!

 

 

 

Parc de la Mauricie

At the end of September, we took a trip out to Parc de la Mauricie to take in some of the #FALLCOLOURS before they fade to brown. 

 

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I love fall. I think all ladies love fall. Sweaters, leggings, comfy boots replace the strappy sandals and tops of summer, and you just get to be *cozy*. Not to mention fall baking, apple cider, and warm beverages. 

 

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Parc de la Mauricie has some lovely sights. The only disappointment is that the walking paths are paved. This seems pretty common in the national parks here and it bothers me. You see people all geared up in their hiking shoes, and they’re walking on sidewalks. You don’t need hiking shoes for sidewalks. Just wear your Gazelles, you’ll be OK. (I’m sure the advanced trails and such are different). 

 

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This was taken from an overlook area immediately over a road. Just below those yellow trees is a broken-down van. 😉 

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Rearview Julien! The outline of the mirror just didn’t appear, and I’m pleased by it. 

 

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Sideview Julien! We borrowed Julien’s friend’s car for the day, it makes a fantastic vroomvroom noise. He was very pleased on the twisty roads. 

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Julien’s pose for much of the voyage: Jetpack. Here, hes taking a picture of water. When I type that it sounds ridiculous. I’m sure it’s a great photo, though. 

 

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When I look at this picture, I feel happy. I love his colourful watches, how he’s always casual but put-together. I love the way he sits without a care in the world, how he’s always got his finger onthe camera-trigger. Aww.  🙂 

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Different water. This is a moderately long-exposure, attempting to show the water moving. It is OK. Not great, but OK. I do like how bright it came out. 

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Little lookout – here the asphalt was covered by pine needles, which was nice to walk on!

 

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Beach. I would definitely head out here in the summertime, put my feets in the water. It’d be aces. 

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Happy fellow, on said beach. 

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All in all, we had a wonderful day. Most of our days are pretty wonderful, come to think of it. Aww. 

Jardin des Lumieres

The Montreal Botanical Gardens every year puts on their Jardins en Lumieres exhibit, filled with beautiful lightshows in their Japanese and Chinese gardens. 

We went near the end of the exhibit, and it was lovely. 

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From the Japanese Gardens. They played serene / creepy music throughout, and the trees were lit in white and gold. It was like a very calm horror film. Beautiful, but I don’t like when trees sing. Beautiful, though. 

 

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The chinese lanterns are always a colourful spectacle. There’s dragons, and full village scenes, snakes in the trees and birds in flight. 

 

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Birds, not so in flight. 

 

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The temple, all lit, and the Olympic Stadium at the back. One day I will get a camera thing that captures this more sharp-like, and you will be in awe, as we were. 

 

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I really liked the colours in this bull fellow. The lanterns are made of canvas, and painted, and lit from within. They’re really something to behold. I look forward to next year! 

 

Corn Maze

Corn Maze adventures were had over thanksgiving weekend. Verger Labonte has apples, a petting farm, and the reason for our visit… a corn maze!
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It rained pretty heavily the day before, and we were quite muddied. There was no running in the cornmaze. Running would’ve meant slipping, and slipping would have been awful.

It was pretty impressive! Julien, of course, being good at all things, navigated us out using the internet’s tried and true “always turn left” method, and we found the exit in a tidy twenty minutes. At the exit there was a little overlook where you could check out the expanse of cornfield, it was very very cool.

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Our parking spot was steps from this little view:

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Ile Perrot is pretty nice looking, I tell you what. My moms lives out there, so we head out pretty often, and it is quite a charming spot.  All in all, we had a great Thanksgiving weekend, and a fun day in the cornfields.

One outfit post.

Would you look at that, sometimes I still take photos of what I wear.

This one was actually really quite difficult to take, because the timer was disagreeing with me, and the lens was like “I’mma focus on that tree behind you, k?” so there was ONE good / relatively clear / facing the camera picture. This is it.

I’m wearing my new silk blouse, which I adore and makes me feel like a soft goddess, and some black skinny jeans, and my studded booties, which you cannot see because LOOK IT IS REALLY  HARD TO OPERATE A SELF-TIMER OK?

This is my first time attempting the half-tuck, which apparently is all the rage. I liked it. I felt tall (I recently found out I am five foot TWO!) and I feel like the half-tuck lends itself well to the blousey kind of shirt, like “I could tuck it in all the way, but then it would be quite 90s, and we’re not doing that, this is modern 90s.”

My hair is doing its own thing, these days. I get the bottom and the ears shaved and the top is growing and sometimes I colour my blonde streak and sometimes it’s just blonde.

There is not much else, news wise, going on, I don’t think. It’s fall, fall is nice. I wish to do all the fall things (and now this is in my head!) such as apple picking and pumpkin picking and wearing leggings with sweaters and making pumpkin pie and avoiding PSL because they make me sick ( 🙁 🙁 ) .. I’ve started my Christmas shopping and that is just going OK. Part of me is like “Go overboard! Spoil people!” and the other part is like “.. but with things you made yourself, because $$$” We’ll see how that goes!

Climbing a Mountain

We tried to do outsoorsy things as much as possible this summer. It didn’t always work out but we did have a few great days! One day early on, we took a trip out to the Gault Nature Reserve quite nearby, and hiked up Mont Saint Hiliare

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The view from the top was pretty awesome. I think that is the stadium way off in the distance. I am a terrible, terrible hiker – I get winded whenever there’s a moderate incline, and I start to think about everything that I hate (bugs, being too warm, my socks falling down, how much everything hates, how this cannot possibly be a leisure activity) and then we get to the top and it’s like “Oh. Okay.”

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This little fellow begged for food, didn’t get it. He came so close to us though! This was literally at my feet, under a picnic table by the lake.

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Started from the bottom, but eventually made it here. To the top of a mountain. It was hard, and I did not like it while it was happening, but I like it now. Like, “Hey! I did this!” I bet if we did it more regularly I would not hate it in the moment, because my lungs and legs would work.

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It was a good day. I recommend hiking up your local mountain if you get a chance. Pack cheese, and comtesse du barry.

 

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