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This week I've had one song looping in my head: Blur's "Country House". And why is that? Because I have been out in the country. Enjoying my spring break, I've been living out my Sara in Le Petit Village fantasy at my future in-laws Gilles and Françoise's house in - you guessed it - the country. Aurélien has had meetings all week out in Bois le Roi and instead of commuting back and forth from the city, he figured he'd stay with his dad and step-mom who live nearby. I was only happy to tag along for a little holiday away from Paris.

Enduring a bit of a spring cold and a mild case of laryngitis, it's been nice to breathe in some fresh air away from the metro and car fumes of the city. I have been treating myself to waking up late, most mornings to the musical stylings of Gilles out in the garden performing a medley of Brigitte Bardot's "Moi Je Joue" and Bad Company's "Feel Like Makin' Love"After a breakfast of toasted baguette with melted salted butter and an oeuf à la coque, I try to whisk Françoise to Los Angeles with Tracy Anderson's 15 minute workout for Goop, but have no such luck. After several doggie-style position leg lifts that come with a host of her side comments, she's on the couch with a Vogue menthol in one hand and a copy of Grazia in the other. Luckily for her, she doesn't need the butt lifts nearly as much as my Italian tookus does. You know what they say about French women...

 

After my strenuous 15 minute workout and disco shower, I'm famished. Gilles then prepares a lunch of fresh tomato (from the garden) and mozzerella salad, grilled meats, bread, and rosé under this blossoming tree, where the three of us eat...and totally gossip. Country living.

Lunch is then followed by a walk into the village where a brocante may or may not be happening, and purchases that make my feet smell like Barbie are made.


  As well as purchases like this.
 I swear I needed new notebooks. 
Really.

Sadly, I had to draw the line at taking these cuties home.

After a mid-afternoon sieste, we take a drive around the countryside where Gilles and Françoise show me the beautiful endless colza fields that blossom in the springtime.

 



As pretty as they are, they smell just awful. Reacting an Herbal Essence commercial, I characterize that I am in a field of fresh-smelling flowers and that I simply cannot get enough. Method acting at its finest right here.

Once Aurélien comes home, we indulge in cocktail hour which is followed by dinner deliciously prepared by Gilles and a movie. In the spirit of feeling a little old-timey in their quaint village, one evening I introduced them to "The Notebook". I know it's cool to not like this film as it was quoted on Twitter that is is the Olive Garden on romantic films, but hey, I've never been one to turn down a bottomless basket of garlic breadsticks.

While they all thoroughly enjoyed the film and several tears were shed, there was one major concern: Where was the chick from Destiny's Child? Confusing the name Gena Rowlands with Kelly Rowland, during the entire film they expected one of the non-Beyoncés to have a cameo and perhaps even perform a number with the Gosling. I totally understand their disappointment.

Life in the country this week has been just splendid, a real treat from the hustle and bustle that is Parisian living. What's on tomorrow's agenda? Seeing my wedding dress for the final fitting...it's all happening!!

23 comments:

  1. Sounds/looks absolutely delightful. I could use another country break soon myself!

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    1. It's great to get out of the city for some fresh air once in a while. I hope you're able to do it being a super busy grad student you are! : )

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  2. My grandfather married a woman with two sons by her first marriage, the youngest of whom married a French girl from a village outside of Tours. We spent a whole week just like you're done with your in-laws at their country estate...I was 16 at the time and just got a few sips of wine, but the castle tours, long drives and even longer meals. Enjoy it!

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    1. What a special experience to have at the age 16! It must have been mind blowing! I went to Seattle for a week at the age of 16 and will always remember that as a special time, so I can only imagine what it was like for you in Tours. That's such a great part of France!

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  3. I live almost in a country side but can't get enough. I need to LIVE in the barn, with animals, to be happy. Country life is good!

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    1. Country life is good! I hope one day to have a home away from the city. In the meantime, I'll live vicariously through you bloggers who are out living a life without metro exhaust and now and then go out to see my in-laws. Enjoy it!

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  4. what a lovely place to have a country break...

    seeing your notebooks made me think ... I am going to NYC in a couple of weeks and we are staying at the Empire Hotel ....if I see any Gossip Girl cast members still hanging around I'll say hi for you.

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    1. Debs, you should do the SATC tour while you're there, it's an absolute riot!:))))

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    2. Oh la la! The Empire Hotel! How fancy of you Deb! I've only had a drink at the hotel bar and was hoping Chuck Bass would walk in. He never did... I hope you have better luck than I did and please do tell them I say hey! Have a nice trip!

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  5. Ohhhh so lovely! I'm glad you're enjoying some down time in the countryside! What a setting you'll have for your special day! And good thing that you're sick now and not on your wedding day!

    Can't wait to see pics of the dress!:)) I'm so happy for you!:))))

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    1. The break is over and we've been running around all weekend. We're wiped out!! I'm fighting taking a sieste which will end up with me sleeping the night through. It's such an exciting time!!!!

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  6. Eeeeww, rapeseed is super stinky, I'd have been a snottery mess if I was made to stand in the middle of it! The rest of the week sounds fun though, but I'm sad you passed up the My Little Ponies... ;o)

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    1. Rapeseed...I hate that name, that's why I put it in French, but yeah, it smells like mildew and bad breath! They are pretty though...

      Still thinking about the Little Ponies! They need a good home. Hopefully a little girl scooped them up and are combing their pink and purple manes as I type. : )

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  7. Oh I used to love those Vogue menthol cigarettes. Towards the end of my nicotine addiction, I only smoked when I visited Paris and it was those cigarettes that made me fall off the wagon. Thy are SO marketed towards women. Mild,slim, elegant, in lovely packets, even the name "Vogue" conjures up an image......a far cry for the smelly horrible reality!

    You paint a lovely picture of an idyllic lifestyle. Just what you need before the rush of your wedding. Enjoy!

    Love Denise

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    1. Omg, they are SO MARKETED for women!! The shiny mint green boxes made me buy a pack when I first moved here. Then I remember that I don't smoke and when I do, it's not menthol. Ick!

      Thanks Denise for commenting. I'm thinking of you a lot these days...

      Sending love.

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  8. I love that picture of you in the flowers! Adorable.

    I have never seen The Notebook but I did read the book and LOVED it. Of course I cried to the point where I could hardly see the words on the page. I just don't want the movie to ruin the book for me, know what I mean?

    Wedding is fast approaching! EEK! So exciting:)

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    1. Thanks Alyson! I just had to take a photo in the field of bright yellow flowers! I was like in a Blind Mellon video!

      You've. Never. Seen. The. Notebook???? I hope by now you have seen it! But yeah I guess I agree with you, the books are always better. I was so disappointed with 'Memoirs of a Geisha'. They left out SO MUCH good stuff!

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  9. AnonymousMay 05, 2013

    Not jealous at all...not jealous at all... I say as I dig my nails further into my skin and my lip continues to curl upward like an elf's shoe.

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    1. Aww no! LOL!! If it makes you feel better I always gain a few pounds out in the country and the yellow flowers smelled like mildew and bad breath! : P

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  10. AnonymousMay 06, 2013

    I am glad to hear that you're enjoying your time with your French fam in the country! Sounds lovely! I still can't get that disco shower out of my mind ha.

    Tracy Anderson booty-shaping up; I do the same for my Italian tookus LOL! Such high maintenance!

    I'll be spending next week in the Alsacien countryside, looking fwd to getting out my this Alpine bowl. :P

    Beautiful photo with the flowers! By the way, everytime I see your hair I wonder why you're not in an Herbal Essence commercial!

    Yay- the final fitting; exciting!!

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    1. Hahah the disco shower is awesome! Mary Kay at Out and About in Paris has the same one! Oh the French and their quirky little things like dance showers!

      TA is seriously AWESOME. I do her "Hipcentric" routine and it's a butt buster. She's no joke. I'm so glad I found her even if her and the Paltrow are kind of annoying and over-the-top LA!

      Thanks for your sweet comment. : ) I should be an aspiring hair model. If I decide to, you all will be the first to know! : P

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  11. Sounds heavenly, country maiden! I never tire of France's neon colza / Rape seed fields!

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  12. If The Notebook is the Olive Garden of romantic comedies, then order me a bowl of fettuccine alfredo and a glass of chianti because if you're a bird, I'm a bird.

    And you were totally living life like a Le Petit Villager. That's pretty much all we do... drink outside and gossip (seriously, that's about it).

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