It's been a hot second, fellow readers ... but fear not, your favorite croissant-eating, Franglais, travel blogger is still here!
To catch you guys up on life since my last post - I came back from August vacation in l'Averyon, hung out and caught up on work, had a fun golf outing with my collègues, tackled work until October and then in November we were locked down à nouveau. It wasn't the most fun time and we had to push back our joint birthday party ☹️
Ice cream, you scream, we all scream for summer!
December went by really quickly and before I knew it, I was at the aéroport to head home for my first time in a year! I split my time working remotely (télétravail) and hanging out with the fam and even seeing some of my best friends.
January was back in France catching up with colocs, collègues et copines! The never-ending, impending doom of a potential 3rd lockdown tackled most of February and it was not the most fun time, if I can be honest. So when our friend Margaux and her boyfriend Romain invited us to their family home near Perpignan, Louise and I said, "Oui !"
We left work on Friday evening and after a quick 2.5 hour drive, we ended up in the countryside near the sea. We spent Friday evening checking out la maison and of course celebrating our little weekend getaway with an apéro while we waited for Romain to arrive. Dinner was tartes and salade before a fondant au chocolat made by Margaux and my homemade chocolate chip cookies.
s-tarte-ing this week-end off right
The early bird gets the the worm ... the croissants ! Louise, our early riser, headed out and bought croissants for our brunch that we ate on the terrasse in the sunshine. If that isn't a great way to start the day, I don't know what is!
Our next stop was a little randonnée (hike) In the hills near Collioure. To be honest, I was not expecting our 75 minute, scramble up the rocks (at one point) but the views were so worth it! We could see la mer (the sea) and all the little villages almost all the way to the Spanish border.
nothing can stop me ... I'm all the way up!
We headed down the mountain and right to the beach for a lunchtime pique-nique. It was amazing to be by the seaside (just like in Nice!) We hung out and then took a small sea-side stroll to check out the views.
Stop #3 was the village of Collioure! We had a blast exploring the colorful rues and the cute houses. It reminded me so much of the Côte d'Azur it was crazy. We ended up stopping in a local wine shop because we saw a sign for a dégustation (tasting). We enjoyed trying different wines from the region and savoring the fact that we were in a sort-of bar, drinking wine with people (since bars have been closed since October).
We finished our souvenir shopping (les cartes postales pour moi, bien sûr !) and then headed back to the house just in time for 6 pm curfew. Dinner was an apéro dinatoire with lots of little snackies, Gin-To, and some board games to end the night.
these apps were the GOAT (cheese)
Sunday we were supposed to get rain, but when Louise came back with the croissants (sensing a theme here?!) there was not a drop that had fallen. We ate breakfast, packed up and headed back towards Narbonne to spend the afternoon there since it was closer to the autoroute.
We headed out on another balade near the cliffs of the sea and even stumbled upon people doing parapente (paragliding). The second half of the afternoon was spent relaxing in the sun on the beach, pique-nique-ing, and even heading across the street to buy a crêpe in our bare feet #SeasideLife.
props to our (very dedicated) personal photographer - Romain
We were sure sad to leave but taking the back roads and avoiding the traffic of everyone returning to Toulouse from February vacation made the last few moments of a great weekend even better!
Hâte pour le prochain week-end entre potes,