French playgrounds and Canadian playgrounds are quite different, and so are parenting styles.
Browsing: Snapshots of France
All the stores were closed, only bars and restaurants were waiting for customers who were presumably still hiding from the rain somewhere. Small puddles had formed here and there and the pavement was shining wet.
For open, empty spaces, nothing beats Canada. However, for art and history, Europe is the place to be.
This morning, I queued for twenty minutes for two slices of ham.
Spoiler alert: there was no monster in the 13th-century Château d’Angers built by Louis IX of France.
The state of emergency was declared in the wake of the November 2015 attacks. I was scared of these three little words—what does it mean, exactly, to live under this state of emergency?
Traveling with Mark is undeniably easier now: no more milk bottles, no more diapers, fewer…
I’m not that enthusiastic about the elephant anymore because I’ve seen it way too many times, but I did want to check out the spider.
While we are flying from the old world to the new continent, enjoy some bread…
Here is another installment of the “things found in Nantes” series, with the latest pictures! Today, an old grocery store, “paradise”, wine and a bad word play.
I always tell Feng he is lucky that I’m from a sizable city and not Trifouillis-les-Oies (a French euphemism for “out in the sticks”).
The walls aren’t on holidays. Sometime graffiti and political stickers make sense… and sometime, they don’t!
Here is another installment of the “things found in Nantes” series, with the latest pictures! Today, broken glass, Bécassine, souvenirs and a funny street name.
It takes my eyes a second or two to get used to the darkness. Inside the bakery, the blinds are closed and I’ve just walked the two-kilometre-long road along the beach under the midday sun.
All along the coast of Brittany, the difference between low tide and high tide is pretty amazing.
“Fifty euro worth of cookies? Are you crazy?” I thought. A pack costs about €1.15 at the supermarket. Fancier cookies are slightly more expensive, but still, we are talking less than €3. And then we stepped inside, and I understood.
It started to rain last Sunday and it lasted for three days. Three long days during which we got soaked from head to toes.
Mark developed a love for baguette and choco biscuits, he loves checking out clothing stores, he plays at the Château and around fontaines…
“You’ve never visited the Courthouse?” “I didn’t even know you could go inside!” “Feng and…
Train tracks just outside the city offer a gritty scenery—giant scars punctuated by wires and posts with huge metal monsters going full speed.
Some days are sunny, some days are cloudy and some days are—gasp!—rainy. I grew up…
At the end of the evening, I gave in and decided to “treat” Mark to a church visit. It was that or candies and yes, this kid is weird.
After Bastille Day, the atmosphere changed in Nantes. Many Nantais are now on holiday, they have been replaced by tourists from all over France and Europe, lost in small alleys with their maps.