Happy 2012 friends and readers. Since we spent most of our holiday indulging in many of the things that make France so special (mainly food, drink, & more food) I thought it would be fun to start off the new year with a list of a few things I find totally awesome about France.
Please note: of course there are many quirky & downright irksome things about la belle France (namely, anything having to do with the subjunctive tense), but I’ll save those for another, less-festive post.
Alors, here are 20 of my favorite things about my adopted home:
-Strangers who say « Bon appétit » as they pass your sidewalk table.
-Visiting Provençal villages in the springtime.
-Toddlers speaking French (TCFW, too cute for words).
-The cheese aisle at the supermarket.
-The flower market at Vieux Nice.
-Do-It-Yourself wine touring.
-Passing pastry windows that look like works of art.
-Eating pastries that look like works of art.
-Regional food festivals.
-Traveling on the TGV (*first-class if possible).
-Cours Mirabeau at Aix-en-Provence.
-Sunny days in Paris.
-Calling your mother-in-law belle mere.
-Eating a big bowl of Soup au Pistou in the fall/winter.
-Drinking a big glass of rosé, port-side, in the summer.
-The Calanques at Cassis.
-Growing old gracefully.
-Caramel beurre salé anything.
There are loads of totally awesome things missing from this list – please feel free to add a few of your own & bonne année a tous!