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A Few Things

May 17, 2013

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Image and text by Gabrielle.

Hello, Friends. How are you? I hope you’ve had a wonderful week! My family was so delighted to be back to a normal schedule. Housework isn’t always on my thumbs up list, but this week I found such contentment doing the everyday normal stuff — getting the laundry and ironing done, making beds, staying on top of the dishes… Sometimes regular old life is my favorite.

We’ll be doing some Olive Us shooting in Paris tomorrow, so I’ve got some prepping to do (I’m sure we’ll be instagram-ing if you’d like a sneak peek). While I get things ready, here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share with you:

- Homemade fruit leather. Yum.

- Back online after a year without the internet.

-  Negative Space Animals. Thanks, Sara.

- We see what we look for.

- Brother & Sister bedroom done right.

- Remember the Strategic Plan poster we all loved? Well, good news, use the coupon code “DOINGTHINGS” for 20% off any prints in Baltimore Print Studio’s online store. The code is good till May 24th at midnight.

- This may be the most relaxing commercial I’ve ever seen.

- Olive Us just turned one! A year ago yesterday, we shared the first Olive Us episode. It’s called Garden Day.

- Are you a graphic designer? Get super fast feedback on your design here.

- It’s the end of the school year, so I’ve gathered up lots of Teacher Gift Ideas.

I hope you have a terrific weekend. I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already!

kisses,
Gabrielle

P.S. — I snapped the photo at top when I was in Paris yesterday. I was there visiting the US Consulate because we had a tax question. Sigh. Not the most fun reason to visit Paris, but the city was lovely all the same!

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Friends, I’m kind of freaking out about how wonderfully Episode 23 of Olive Us turned out. (Sorry for the brag!) It’s called Le Petit Chaperon Rouge which is the French way of saying Little Red Riding Hood. This video is stunning. It’s simply magical. Oh. And it’s all in French! Entirely narrated by Betty, who also plays the girl in the red cape.

Now don’t you worry, even if you don’t speak a lick of French, I’m betting you’ll be able to follow along with the very familiar story line. : ) If you’d like a translation, you’re in luck. Ben Blair made a pdf with a side-by-side French and English translation — you can find the pdf link here.

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I’m dying to hear what you think! And if your kids watch it, I’d love to hear if they enjoyed it — or if the French threw them off too much. From what we’ve seen so far, for little ones, the language doesn’t seem to matter at all! Consider this a great way to expose your kids to a foreign language in a familiar context.

I also want to say that we didn’t make this alone. Not at all. A huge thanks goes out to Miranda of One Little Minute. who put together the stunning costumes. She started with what we had in our closet, added pieces from thrift stores, then sewed the rest. She re-made the iconic red cape from a women’s red wool coat she found at a second hand shop. It’s thick and cozy and wonderful — and it kept Betty warm on the cold November day when we filmed this.

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Another big thanks goes to Merrilee Liddiard of Mer Mag for the title illustration. I love how it turned out! I think it would be cool to have a poster of it made for our wall. Lastly, we are over the moon about Tiger in a Jar’s vision for this episode. We think they captured the story perfectly.

Fun Fact: the forest scenes were filmed around the corner from our house, in the same trees that we filmed Christmas Tree Hunt. For the exteriors of Little Red’s house and Grandma’s house, we actually filmed at the Apple Juice Farm you’ll remember from this video. Fantastic, right? The old half-timber buildings on the property were absolutely perfect for a fairy tale!

If it’s not showing up for you in this post, watch it on vimeo here, and find all the Olive Us videos here.

Click here for more photos. It was so fun to take photos on this shoot!

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Honfleur & Deauville

May 2, 2013

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Photos and text by Gabrielle.

This post is about Honfleur and Deauville. Two neighboring towns here in Normandy that we never tire of visiting. We’ve been to both many times, but the photos in this post are from a visit last May. Spring in Normandy is very wet, and often cold, so when the sun comes out, you can bet we take advantage of it.

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These first images show Honfleur. It’s a small fishing port that is big on charm. And the light here is so remarkable that it won’t surprise you to hear this little town is considered the birthplace of impressionism. In fact, it’s not unusual at all to see painters with easels set up near the water, capturing the boats and flags and sails on their canvases.

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We’ve been told there are particular things to do in Honfleur — churches to visit and towers to climb — but we’ve never done any of them. Instead, we like to walk through the narrow side streets, window shopping, and stopping for ice cream. We might ride the port-side carousel or watch the boats come in. And then we’ll eat a late lunch or early dinner at one of the touristy restaurants that line the wharf — there are a dozen to pick from.

Keep reading — the umbrellas of Deauville are ahead!

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Château Chenonceau, Loire Valley, France | Design Mom

The Loire Valley is the region along the Loire River, a little south and west of Paris. It’s famed for its numerous castles that tower above the river. And lucky for us, driving to the region only takes about an hour and a half from our house.

Château Chenonceau, Loire Valley, France

So last year, on the last Sunday of May we hopped in the car after church and made a day trip of it. Our goal was to see two castles and to get a general sense for the region. We knew one day wasn’t really enough time, but figured a day trip would almost be like a scouting mission for a longer trip. The first castle we stopped at was Chateau Chenenceau.

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Some castles are more kid-friendly than others, and this one is probably the most family-friendly that we’ve visited — lots of options for roaming and free-ranging, and the weekend we were there, it wasn’t too busy at all.

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There are gardens to explore, bridges and moats, a grand checker-board hall with views of the river, and on the way out we explored the garden maze and had a little picnic. Also. We took a TON of photos. So please forgive me if this feels like a photo dump. : ) Hopefully it will be helpful for anyone out there who’s considering a visit to the Loire.

Read more and see tons of photos from our daytrip — click here.

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Happy May Day!

May 1, 2013

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By Gabrielle. Photo by Paul Ferney for Design Mom.

Happy May Day to you and yours!

Here in France, May 1st is Labor Day, but it also goes by La Fête du Muguet, which means Lily of the Valley Day. It’s a public holiday and the tradition is to give a sprig of Lily of the Valley to loved ones and neighbors. I was reading a bit about this tradition, and apparently it dates to the 1500s when King Charles IX of France was given Lilies of the Valley as a good luck token. 1500s?! I’d say that’s an enduring tradition! If you’re curious, you can read a bit more about the holiday here.

Lilies of the Valley for May Day

Will you be doing anything to mark the day? Maybe there’s a Maypole festival at your school? Or perhaps, you’ll be making these adorable May Day Baskets for your children to hang on the neighbor’s door.

P.S. — More May holidays! Cinco de Mayo is coming up fast. Here are tons of fun ideas.

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Postcards

April 17, 2013

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Image and text by Gabrielle.

This is just a little thing, and maybe it’s not particularly French, but one thing we noticed after living her for about a year, was that our traveling French friends always send us postcards during their trips. It seems to be part of their vacationing habits or traditions. And of course, it’s totally charming!

Postcards and France

Postcards from Australia. From England. From Spain. And when I traveled with Caroline to New York, one of the first things she wanted to do was send postcards home to her family and friends back in France. We’ve received more postcards in our time here than we did in our last 15 years in the U.S.

I’m not totally sure why the postcard tradition surprised me. I suppose it’s because I rarely if ever receive postcards from my American friends. When I think of why Americans don’t send postcards very often, I imagine it’s partly because when Americans vacation, they often take short trips — typically less than a week — which isn’t really enough time for a postcard to reach home while you’re away. And I’m sure it also has to do with texting and Facebook and Instagram and all the modern ways we stay in touch — making checking in with postcards less necessary.

But from what I can tell, the French seem to take their vacations really seriously and stay at their destination for a couple of weeks, or even longer if they’ve traveled across the world to reach their destination. So sending a postcard makes perfect sense.

How about you? Have you sent or received a postcard lately? And have you ever taken a long vacation? Or do you squeeze them in over an extended weekend?

P.S. — Even though we don’t send them, it’s not unusual for my family to buy postcards when we’re traveling — especially at art museums. They make great souvenirs and additions to scrapbooks and journals.

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Music & The French Kids

April 10, 2013

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By Gabrielle.

A few weeks ago, my friend Kyran asked if I’d write a post about what kind of music the French kids are listening to, and I love that idea! So I asked my two teenagers, Ralph and Maude, for a consultation on the subject. First, they said that mostly, their French friends listen to the same music their American friends listen too. When Adele is popular in America, she’s popular in France too. Phoenix gets lots of play in both places. Dubstep is popular at parties in both places.

That said, they did come up with a bunch of songs that their French friends listen too, but their U.S. friends do not. I had them send me links to 10 of them, so you can get a little glimpse of what might be added to your kids’ playlists if you lived in France. Some are French songs, but many are from other countries.

The links go to videos on Youtube. Be aware, a couple of the videos are sexy — might not be your thing on a random Wednesday. (I did try to create a playlist on Spotify, with just the sound files instead of videos, but I couldn’t find a bunch of the songs. Le sigh.) I hope you enjoy the list. I’m embedding the first video here, because it’s a fun one!

Elle Me Dit by Mika.

Coups et Blessures by BB Brunes.

Dota by Basshunter.

On se Connaît‬ by ‪Youssoupha, featuring Ayna.

The Night Out by Martin Solveig.

Random Access Memories Look by Daft Punk.

Vamos a la Playa by Loona.

Happy by Ft. D.Martin by C2C.

Down the Road by C2C.

10 I’ve Got That Tune by Chinese Man.

Bonus track! The kids aren’t listening to this one anymore — it was popular a few years ago. But I love it and asked Maude to learn to play it on guitar as my Mother’s Day gift last year. It’s so lovely.

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One of the things I wonder about since we moved to France, is what it’s like to grow up mostly listening to songs that aren’t in your language. I hear popular songs, in English, everywhere I go here. At the grocery store and in the shopping districts. The French kids know how to sing along, sort of. But many have no idea what the words are saying.

I suppose American kids will experience more and more of that (Gangnam Style anyone?) as the internet continues to shrink the world.

Did any of you grow up mostly listening to songs that weren’t in your native tongue? Do you have any favorites from the list Ralph and Maude made?

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Text and images by Gabrielle.

Something interesting about our French school (and from what I understand, all French schools), is that needlework is part of the curriculum.

Embroidery and France

I realized this during our first year here, when (then 9-year-old) Olive’s school class completed two separate cross-stitch projects — both the boys and the girls. I asked around, and apparently, this wasn’t unusual at all.

Keep reading to see the Recette Notebook Olive made me for Mother’s Day (recette = recipe).

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Easter Candy in France

March 27, 2013

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Images and text by Gabrielle.

For us, living in France means living with a general feeling of being foreigners or outsiders. (Not necessarily a bad thing. It is what it is.) When it’s a holiday, that feeling is magnified. I was thinking about that as I wandered through the Easter candy aisle at the grocery store the other day.

European Easter Candy

Obviously, all the types of treats that spell Easter to me and to my older kids, weren’t anywhere to be seen. No fluorescent Peeps (my favorite!). No jelly beans. No Cadbury mini eggs. No chalky malted eggs that you can use to paint your lips blue. No Reeses peanut butter eggs. And no egg dyeing kits either — dyeing eggs isn’t really a thing here.

That said, there were tons of holiday treat options, and I kept thinking how French adults must walk through these aisles and fondly identify the candies that define their childhood Easters. But I have no idea what they are! I have no idea which chocolate eggs are stereotypical, which ones have been sold for decades, and which ones have just been introduced as a new product.

European Easter Candy

So I end up choosing treats based solely on looks. I am 100% judging these books by their covers — or these candies by their wrappers. Today, I’m sharing the prettiest treats I’ve found. I thought you might like to get an idea of what a French child would find on Easter morning — a gift from the Church Bells, instead of the Easter Bunny.

Two of the candies, I actually picked up in Ireland. They were so cute, I couldn’t pass them up! Come see.

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Text and images by Gabrielle.

We’ve been lucky to have lots of visitors since we moved here — it’s so helpful for keeping homesickness at bay, especially for the kids. One topic that comes up whenever friends and family are in town is souvenirs.

Plane tickets, car rentals, hotels and train passes tend to eat up most of the travel budget, so visitors love ideas for gifts to bring home to friends and family that won’t break the bank. But they want something more unusual than an Eiffel Tower key chain.

5 Fabulous French Souvenirs under 5 bucks.

So I’ve made notes over the last couple of years, and have figured out a bunch of fabulous souvenirs you can find in any French supermarket. All of them are non-perishable (in case you’re jaunting to London after your trip to France), and every one of them is bargain. Today I’m sharing 5 of my favorites. Maybe they’ll inspire you to book a flight to Paris!

Click here to see all five souvenir ideas.

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Images and Text by Gabrielle.

Have you ever had an Easter Egg hunt in an out of the ordinary place? Last year, right before my sister Jordan moved back to San Francisco from Paris, we had an egg hunt at the Eiffel Tower. I shared this instagram at the time (which, by the way, might be my favorite instagram I’ve ever taken), but I haven’t shown you other pictures, so I thought it would be fun to share them today while I’ve got Easter plans on my mind.

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To be clear, this wasn’t an official event hosted by the City of Paris. We just found a grassy spot off to the side on the Champs du Mars (the big park next to the Eiffel Tower), scattered the eggs all over the lawn, and let our kids search them out. (If you’re in Paris over Easter with your kids, you could totally do the same thing!) But no matter how simple the activity is, doing it with the Eiffel Tower in the background makes it feel pretty darn spectacular.

More pics ahead! Keep reading.

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Playground Posters

March 18, 2013

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By Gabrielle.

I love these Playground Posters from Georges — a French magazine for kids that’s really well designed. (You might remember Georges from this post). Each poster in the series was created by a different artist. The only direction was to work in the same three colors and use the same theme: games. This means that each poster is an actual game or puzzle!

Aren’t they cool? You can see all the designs here. And you can purchase the posters here. I thought your kids would enjoy them — no need to speak French required. : ) Wouldn’t they be fun in a playroom?

P.S. — If you visit France, bringing home a magazine for your kids is a fun souvenir!

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A Few Things

March 15, 2013

French Farmhouse in the Snow

Text and image by Gabrielle.

Hello, Friends! Was it a good week for you? As I mentioned yesterday, we were snowed in from Monday thru Thursday, and it felt good to have an extra big dose of family time. We did a lot of baking, kept a fire going, and read aloud as a family in the evenings. I was a little worried the kids would get antsy, because we had just finished a two-week school break, but it turned out to be quite lovely.

That said, I will not shed a tear when the snow is gone. : ) Bring on the daffodills! Bring on the forsythia! While we make our weekend plans, here are a few things I’ve wanted to share with you:

- A poster designed by a husband for his wife. (Audrey and Nick are two of our closest friends. Audrey is also the Alt Summit graphic designer. We’re so, so, glad she’s out of the hospital and getting stronger.)

Prep school photos from the LIFE archive.

- A new series of DIY videos especially for kids — like homemade snowshoes, stomp rockets, and a book with a secret compartment!

- What’s your take on terrariums?

- Interested in learning videography? This workshop by Ryan Marshall and Tiger in a Jar looks outstanding. And you get to stay at Rudyard Kipling’s estate!

- A brief history of baby gear.

- Ever wondered what Mickey & Minnie sound like in French?

- Rainbow yarn trail.

- Ben Blair sent me this link. It’s the happiest thing on the internet.

- Blown away by these numbers. Especially the computers, food, and education numbers.

- Related, I love, love, love Bono’s Ted Talk. Eradicate Extreme Poverty by 2030!

- The first issue of Vogue.

- On Babble this week: 20 ways to decorate Easter Eggs.

- Also, it’s not too late to plant wheatgrass!

- Will you be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this weekend? We’ll be thinking of Ireland and maybe we’ll dye our milk green. : )

- Last but not least, a lucky pillow.

I hope you have a really wonderful weekend. I hope you make lots of good things happen! I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.

kisses,
Gabrielle

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A Late Winter Walk

March 14, 2013

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Text and photos by Gabrielle.

On Sunday, a few of us decided to take a late winter walk as the sun was setting. We walked down the road to see how high the water was in the little creek, and say hello to the sheep that live across the way. We also wanted to scout out signs of spring.

And I remembered to bring the camera! (Instagram has me out of the habit of carrying my DSLR.) So I thought I’d share a few photos from our walk with you.

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I can’t believe how much I enjoy seeing the little lambs…

Lots more photos ahead.

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Cottage Shopping Update

February 26, 2013

Text and image by Gabrielle.

I’m a bit late posting today, but I have a good reason. Today, we put an offer on this cottage!

We’re so excited we can hardly stand it. We’ve been looking at it since last August, but the property needed some certification before we could buy it. It used to be a house, but hasn’t been inhabited for many, many years and was reclassified as a barn. So we’ve had to make sure it can be certified as a house again before we move forward.

There is one catch: all these months later, it’s still not officially certified. But. It’s so close to being certified that the notary felt like it was okay to go ahead and make the formal offer and sign all the paperwork. So, there is a chance that it won’t receive the approvals and we won’t be able to buy it — but I can’t help but be excited anyway!!!

The house is essentially a stone shell — in fact, will need to restore both electricity and running water on the property. But it’s on a lovely piece of land and has a charming outbuilding too. And it was an amazing bargain! It needs a huge (HUGE!) amount of work, but the prospect of owning it and fixing it up still has us grinning ear to ear.

As soon as it’s officially ours, I’ll be sure to share more photos, but for now, hopefully my instagram shot above will whet your whistle.

P.S. — For those of you who are curious, we’re still planning to move back to the U.S. in July. Our intention with this cottage is to use it as a vacation home and a base here in Europe. And mostly, we hope it will keep us connected to the friends we’ve made here and to this region which we love so much.

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The Stonemason

February 21, 2013

Text and images by Gabrielle.

The big event at our house this week was watching the grand old stone wall get repaired. Back in December, on the day the Mayan calendar ended, we didn’t wake up to the end of the world, but we did wake to find a section of the wall had crumbled. Apparently, it’s been so wet this winter, that this is happening all over the region. The wall is massive — tall, thick, and sturdy as can be. It was hard to imagine anything being able to crumble it.

Well, the stone mason arrived earlier this week and each day he steadily repaired the wall. I instagrammed a picture of him working, and the comments mentioned the timelessness of seeing him work. I felt the same way. It was easy to imagine the wall being repaired in the very same manner for hundreds of years. Pretty neat.

Here’s a photo of the repaired wall snapped this morning:

One thing that’s been interesting to observe since we moved here is how well the French seem to be able to maintain traditional skills while modernizing at the same time. A quick example, on the same day the stonemason finished up, a faster internet line was also installed. But more than that, I’m so impressed with their instincts to preserve instead of tear down.

There’s a cathedral in our town (shown here) that was almost entirely destroyed in World War II. We’ve seen pictures of the rubble and that’s not an exaggeration. It was about 80% destroyed! Instead of tearing it down, the community spent 40 years and rebuilt it. And it’s stunning! It’s the jewel of the town now. I’m so glad they didn’t tear it down.

And I’m so glad the old stone wall at La Cressonnière has been repaired, and then repaired again, over hundreds of years. You can’t help but think about the history of this place while you’re here.

P.S. — Ben Blair found these images of the destroyed cathedral.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2013

Text and image by Gabrielle.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Dear Readers! Are you doing anything fun to celebrate?

St. Valentine’s Day isn’t really a thing here in France. I mean, you can see it on the calendar. And there are a few stores with hearts in the windows. But there are no Valentine exchanges at school. No restaurants offering a sweetheart’s menu. No crazily-priced bouquets of roses.

Our family tradition is a Valentine Breakfast with pancakes, raspberry milk and a little gift on each child’s plate. Something small — a token really. But today’s morning schedule happened to be unusual, so we decided to turn our Valentine Breakfast into a Valentine-After-School-Snack instead. We’ll skip the pancakes, enjoy a tarte from the patisserie (plus the traditional raspberry milk, of course!), and open our little valentine gifts.

Wherever you are, I hope you’re offering an extra dose of love to the people in your life today. Happy Valentine’s Day!

P.S. — One of the girls received the glass heart necklace above. I picked it up on our Venice trip when we visited the island of Murano — famous for it’s colored glass — and have been saving it for Valentine’s Day. Pretty!

Raspberry Milk directions ahead.

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Alençon Lace

February 14, 2013

By Gabrielle. Image via Martha Stewart.

At Alt Summit, Darcy Miller handed out copies of the latest issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, and in an article about gorgeous wedding gowns, I noticed that one of them was made out Alencon Lace (slide #6).

The famous lace is made in the town of Alençon, which is about 30 minutes south of our home. Alençon also happens to be where our church is located, so we get to visit the charming village on Sundays.

The dress image looks so French to me. The grey stone work, the formal hedges, the styling of the hat — the dress made of French lace fits right in! I’d love to get a piece of Alençon lace for a souvenir. I’ve heard the real deal is very expensive, but even a little piece — enough to make a pillow or a collar — would be sweet.

P.S. — Alt Summit attendees raved about Darcy’s presentation on making events personal. Do you follow her work?

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By Gabrielle.

Here’s another fun episode from Olive Us! Take a visit to a Normandy Cider Farm with Ralph, Maude, Olive, Oscar, Betty & June. See how the apples are harvested and the juice is bottled, and get a glimpse of the beautiful countryside.



Fun fact: Normandy is the only region of France that doesn’t produce wine. Instead, apples and pears are so abundant here that ciders and juices are the local drink (and calvados, for those seeking something a bit harder). Apple tarts are also famous in this region. And they are hands down delicious.

We filmed this episode at La Galotiere, the most picturesque little farm you’ve ever seen. We buy their apple juice by the crate!

P.S. — Subscribe to Olive Us to be the first to know about new videos. In fact, a behind-the-scenes video about the Cider Farm will be posted later today. And hey, if the Cider Farm episode doesn’t show up for you here, try viewing it on Vimeo.

Click here to find more images from the cider farm visit.

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Two Years in France

February 11, 2013

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By Gabrielle.

February 1st marked 2 years that we’ve lived in France. Two years! It’s flown by so incredibly fast. And I feel emotional every time I think about it. We hoped and suspected it would be a happy and growing experience for our family, but it has been so much more positive and life-changing than we could have imagined.

Our plan is to move back to the U.S. in July, after the French schools let out for the summer. Which means we’ve got 6 months left here at La Cressionère. And we want soak up every last minute of it! So don’t be surprised if you see a heavier dose of French-themed posts in the next while.

I want to give you the latest report on our children’s experience in French schools. A language learning update, too. I want to share my favorite inexpensive souvenirs. I want to recap what we’ve done, and the places we’ve visited since we arrived. And generally just reflect on what we’ve learned, and what comes next.

Speaking of what comes next, I’ve mentioned it before, but we are trying really, really hard to buy a rustic cottage here in Normandy before we move. (Rustic = needs much TLC.) Lots of paperwork involved, but if we are able to make it happen, I’ll definitely report. Please wish us luck!

And if there’s anything specific about our experience here in France that you’d like me to write about, let me know in the comments.

P.S. — Man oh man I love this house. The image is the hallway at the top of the stairs.

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