Take one Canadian girl in les Alpes.
Add the ups & downs of living in France.
Cover with melted cheese...
Et voilà !

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

E & me {autumn leaves}

Bonjour l'automne !
Hello autumn!

This is my favourite season.

On this week's E & me, there are 
maple leaves here, there & everywhere.
Any idea which fall foliage is on Erin's side of the world 
& which leaves are here in Les Alpes?

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Something I've learned in the last four years...

« Aimer, ce n'est pas regarder l'un l'autre,
c'est regarder ensemble dans la même direction. »
September 20, 2008, just a few hours after getting married in Gap, France. 
"Love does not consist of gazing at each other, 
but of looking outward together in the same direction."

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

E & me {school essentials}

It's still September, 
so Erin & I can continue to geek out 

This week, it's all about the essentials: 
new notepaper & apples for the teacher.
As you can see, there's a subtle but major difference
between the two notepads.  

Any ideas why?  
Which one would you prefer to write on?

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

E & me {school supplies}

Last week's E & me featured those horrendous back-to-school ads.

This week?  
Same theme, but we're comparing something a lot more charming, 
{I say that while assuming that you just as geeky as Erin & I...}

School supplies, whee!

And no,  I won't give you a pop quiz by asking you to guess 
which scissors are whose...

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Instasamedi {14}

Instasamedi for the first week of September?

It's all about slippers, sun, school kids & a swan.
{OK & geeky alliteration too.}

Saturday slippers.
{samedi, Annecy, chez nous}
Autumn-coloured ancient auto.
{dimanche, Annecy, near chez nous}
The day before back-to-school...
This girl who I saw at a local bookstore must have been happy, don't you think?
{lundi, Annecy, Librairie Decitre}

Back-to-school bikes.
{mardi, Annecy, high-school down the street from chez nous}

Afternoon rush hour... one tourist boat coming in & one heading out.
{mercredi, Annecy, le lac}

Cute retro packaging on my brand-new box of baking soda? Yes please!
{jeudi, Annecy, chez nous}

{vendredi, Annecy, on the shores of le lac}

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

E & me {back to school sales}

Kids in Canada & France have gone back to school.

And what else?  
Well, E & me is back on-board "Rue de France" & "Pughs' News"!

Erin & I often post collages with photos of scenes from home
{Annecy, France or Victoria, British Columbia, Canada}, 
such as this or this.

We also like to compare things we are fans of,

And we share photos of pretty things in the two places we live,

That being said, get ready for today's rather disturbing E & me.

It's not picturesque. 
It's not something which makes us swoon.  
It's not going to make you book a plane ticket to Victoria or Annecy.

It is a comparison of two horrendous ads for back to school sales.

Charming?  Not at all!
But today's E & me probably made you laugh.
Or roll your eyes.
Or both?

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Back at it!

Unlike Canada & the U.S.A., 
France doesn't have Labour Day 
at the beginning of September.

A close-ish equivalent? 
They celebrate "La Fête du Travail" {Worker's Day} 
on May 1st, as do most European countries.

So yesterday all my Canadian teacher friends like Erin 
were trying their best to enjoy 
the last official day of summer vacation 
& not think TOO much about the alarm clock going off early 
for the first time in weeks...

But yesterday in France, 
les professeurs were all back at work already
although to ease them back into la routine
the kids didn't have to show up until today.

Bonne rentrée tout le monde !
Happy back-to-school everybody!

A primary school in my neighbourhood.
The schoolyard was completely quiet on Sunday, when I took this photo,
but I'll bet that's changed as of this morning!
Nerdy close-up of Annecy's city logo & slogan that's on the school sign above.

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Instasamedi {Summer 2012}

C'est samedi !  
C'est le mois de septembre !

Back to school is just around the corner...

Back to blogging, however?   

That starts NOW!!!
You know what?
To sum up my summer (!) 
I've decided to share some Instagram photos.

My (fallen into disrepair) Instasamedi feature 
usually tells you about my week via seven photos.

But today?  I've allowed myself to post a dozen!  Pourquoi ?
Well, it's been 12 weeks since my last post {eeeeek!}

So without further ado, on y va ?

We spent the last week of June on Belle-Île-en-Mer
which is {as its name suggests} a beautiful island 
off the Atlantic coast of Brittany.

One of the island's many gorgeous beaches
Sandy feet?  Yes please!

On the way to & from Brittany
{which involved train, métro, train again, bus, ferry...}
we stopped for a night or two in Paris to see friends 
& fancy stuff like this: 
Sacré Coeur, je t'adore !

July was mostly spent in & around Annecy.
The three-day Musilac Festival,
time spent with my mom in Zee Middle-of-Nowhere, France
{where she & a few of her friends had rented a place}
& lots of sunshine.
Yes, we saw LMFAO at Musilac.
{But please note:  this is NOT mon mari & moi !!!}
Rush hour in the village where my mom stayed...
Shadowy self-portrait in front of Annecy's Hôtel de Ville {= City Hall}
August was full-on vacation mode.
We spent a week in the Cantal region of France,
which is full of pretty villages, {long-dormant} volcanoes & cheese.

See that open window?  That's where FQ's grandpa lived as a child.
Cheese please! 
And then?
A week in Ireland!
I.  Loved.  It.
Pub perfection in Dublin.
Rainy yet festive?  That works for me!
It seems that the Irish love bad puns.  Moi aussi !
Me hanging out with the Irish Sea.
So there you go.
Feel back in the loop?  Moi aussi... ooof !

More soon, I promise...
Alors à bientôt & bon week-end tout le monde !
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