Saturday, November 28, 2009

These Heads Were Made for Talking

I don't really do too many posts about music but I thought I'd share with you my latest music favourite: Talking Heads.

Above: the Talking heads.

P. introduced me a while ago, and their poppy ballads, catchy lyrics and great sounding lead (David Byrne) just works for me at the moment.

Have a listen...

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Kitsch Retro

It's that kitsch kind of retro that just makes you laugh! (Click on image for source).

I just love this random photo.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

November Update

Let's ignore that absence and promise to be friends once more? I've been a bit ill these past 2 weeks... darn winter.

But, I have many things to share with you! Last weekend P. and I celebrated being together for one year by having a lovely getaway in Paris.

It was beautiful, fun and filling! We found so many great foody places that we are, of course, preparing a post to share with you on our blog.

Also, the Christmas markets have now begun in Lille - lots of hot chocolate, pain d'epices and christmas tat!

But for now I leave you with a valid sentiment;

Friday, November 20, 2009

On a se retrouvé

So, I've been absent, but I think you know why! P. arrived from Aus and we spent all last week & weekend together... it was lovely. We've been finding eachother again, " retrouver," like my Canadian friend here explained it.

A photo I took as we were riding the "Hop-On, Hop-Off" bus, always the best way to get your bearings in a town.

But after a lovely weekend in London (settling P. in for his job there this month) "on a se retrouvé" and everything is back to normal, it doesn't even feel as if we were apart.

Thank you for your touching comments on my previous post - you're all so kind, I didn't realise how many of you had been through a similar long-distance thing.

So what have I missed in your world's this week?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

He's Here!

Image from Grinham.

... and I couldn't be happier!

We reunited at the train station like in all those movie scenes.

I was marching up and down the platform, my stomach was doing backflips and there was visible cold air pouring from my mouth.

A few minutes in and a late train announcement - I had to hold onto my butterfly-y/nauseated/excited feelings for a few more minutes!?

Then I heard it, then saw the lights and finally the train was in view. The windows streaming past my face. Then I saw him, P., behind the train window. He smiled and waved, I became a crying mess.

I peered through my leather gloves, which were covered in wet patches from me trying to hide my tears, as the train came to a hault.

After the family in front of P. had finally finished unloading their 15 suitcases of all different sizes - no joke! (This part was also like a movie, more of a comedy though), a handsome man emerged and I almost hug-tackled him right onto the tracks!

We kissed, between my relieved sobbing of course, and it was so lovely... but we didn't lie about it - it was weird for the first hour or so. The words coming out of his mouth weren't skype-delayed, it was amazing!

Now, it's just like normal, I've promised we'll never part that long again (almost 4 months).

Have any of you done the long-distance thing? How long?

How was it when you finally saw eachother again?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Date on the Milk Bottle

You know your Mr's close to arriving in France when...

Great retro milk carton pic from Neato Coolville.
  • The use-by date on the milk bottle is later than his arrival date.
  • The week's weather forecast includes the day that he'll be here.
  • The TV Guide shows what will be on once he arrives.
  • When it's quicker to give a postcard in person.
  • When you've caught a flu... and don't have enough time to be 100% healthy before he arrives.

P. is arriving into France tomorrow! I'm so excited! We've been counting down the days since I got here and tomorrow is the day, I couldn't be happier.

Although, as you read on the last dot point I've been a little sick (hence the blogging absence), but I have a feeling that by the time he steps off that train, I'll be all better!

Anything exciting coming up in your week?

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

"Butter. The Others Aren't Natural."

Another reason I love Switzerland; their government actually advertises butter.

Whilst other countries train stations are packed with warning adverts about "the perils of H1N1" (overhyped, but don't get me started), the Swiss are promoting the health benefits of beurre, our beloved butter!

The billboard I snapped in the Geneva train station. It reads "Butter. All the others aren't natural."

A long time advocate for butter over "low-fat, high-omega, flora, olive, chemical " spreads it was like Switzerland had just said those three special words that every girl wants to hear...

I love butter.

Now tell me, are you a butter fan?

Monday, November 02, 2009

Switzerland in Photos

Well I'm back from my Suisse trip, and what a great time I had.


Click on the collage to enlarge.

Click on the collage to enlarge.

Suisse - Cultural Observations;
  • The Swiss have a better level of street and town cleanliness than France do.
  • The Swiss people are more laid back than the French.
  • Most people who live in Geneva drive lovely cars; it's like a European car showroom on the street! (Porsches, BMW's, Mercedes etc...)
  • Prices for most things are a bit more expensive in Switzerland.
  • Their chocolate is yummy as are their cheeses (truffle cream brie, delicious!)
  • Their landscapes are breathtaking and untouched (Interlaken).
  • It isn't too cold during the day, their sun is strong, clear and beautiful.
  • It's really green in the countryside (Interlaken, Berne etc).
  • Their trains are very efficient.
  • The German they speak in some parts is different from "normal" German (they most commonly say "Merci" instead of "Danke").
  • I love it there and am planning my next trip as a skiing one when the Interlaken snow fields open up!
Tell me, how was your week & weekend? Have you started planning your next holiday? Share...

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