I know I’m that luckiest girl of the world, the one that travels all the time!
This time, for my mum birthday (70 years old), she took us (me and my daughter) to this incredible trip to Seychelles Islands. Yes, that was a 3 generations ladies trip, so what? Boys are jealous… I bet they were!
I won’t talk too much, just enjoy the tropical paradise and please go there if you have the chance to. It’s simply amayzing! Just to add that those pics have been taken on a very small island called « La Digue » where there are no cars. You can rent a bike or hike to visit the island.
Want to go? I hope I gave you my wanderlust bug!
Now don’t forget to have a look at my friend Jen pics. I’m sure she’ll take us somewhere beautiful.
Picture books du monde review: February 2017 edition
Ok so everybody know that Shannon is happily waiting for the magic number to be filled… I decided to dedicate this picture books edition review to her little ones.
The 2 books I’ve chosen to share this month are from the same editor « L’école des loisirs ». Very famous french editor, very used at schools and in every book lover families.
The first one is called « Le tournoi des jaloux »
This one is about rivality between brothers.
The 2 heros and brother princes are always fighting, the queen and the king are totally desperate for peace and call the fairy godmother who decides to create a big challenge (like in the knights time) for the « jealous ». The rule is simple, do exactly the same thing at the same time. It’s very funny to see the big brother play with baby toys and the little brother try to climb on a horse for the riding lesson.
Very fun, I used this book a lot, A LOT. Even now! Sorry for the bad quality of the pics, but my camera is packed up for a very exciting destination. I don’t want to bother her, she needs to rest for now. Shhhhhh….
Next one is to make peace after the battle: « A trois on a moins froid »
This cute little story is about solidarity. It’s also about coping with our differences and making them an ability instead of a difficulty. The squirrel and the hedgehog don’t have heaters and they are very cold. They try to warm each other spleeping in the same nest but the hedgehog is hurting the squirrel with his pines. They are going to ask the fluffly rabbit for help. And they’ll find a solution to keep them warm and have a good night. I think it’s a perfect story for siblings too. Just to show them that they can help each other but at the same time be different.
Sorry Shannon our third one, Little Vador the pug is not here now, he is having a holiday at grand daddy! But the kids are dedicating for you this book with the magic number!
Go and have a look at Shannon’s post, I guess she is starting to think about the sibling subject too. Next month, baby arrival picture book! I promise!
Remember I’ve told we’ll be back to Beirut here? Well, I really want to show you some more pics.
10/10 Photography Circle February 2017 edition
I’ve joined recently a photographer group in my home city. We meet once a month and take some pics together or work on some projects. One of the exercise that we do together is the selection of pics serie: choosing a serie that shows coherence and an artistic commitment for a subject. Guess what? Very hard exercise! Even harder with those from Beirut trip. As I’ve told you here, Beirut is not a very walkable city. And the architecture makes it difficult to have wide angles.
With my group of photographer friends, we tried to find some consistency and create a serie of 12 pics.
Here are 9 pics. My subject sould be « An eye on a country of contrast ». The eye of the photographer, the lense of the camera (a small one to try to be invisible) and lots of pics taken from the car because well, we were tourists in a car in Beirut!
Let me know what you think of my selection. Not very consistent in my opinion but I like them all.
My next destination of adventure was supposed to stay secret and my friends were supposed to guess it looking at the pictures. But my friends are also supposed to follow me on IG and they have seen that I’ve spent a few days in Beirut, Lebanon for Christmas holidays.
Since I’m back working full time, I haven’t found any spare time to select some pics and print them and edit them and show them to my friends.
So here I am, trying to show Beirut from a tender eye. Beirut is a complex city, in a complex country for the basic tourist that I am. Traffic is horrible, you may spend hours in a car to cross the city that is not so big. As you may know, I love to walk when I travel and I was quite frustrated to not be able to work more. With hubby we had twice the chance to have a walk in the city.
Let me share with you some raw pics, no real selection, just my eye on this incredible city and this country. I’ll be back to share more of my impressions.
Beirut has some good spots for street art lovers. Just make a little research before to find them easily.
The place to jog: the Corniche.
I’ll be back with a photography study of the architecture of the city. Beirut is full of treasure for architectural pictures passionates. Lots of buildings under construction and lots of old buildings still not rebuilt but hurry because soon they will all be rebuilt!
We went for a day out in Saïda where we’ve visited the soap factory and the old citadel. The third kid is not mine, no! She is the daughter of my friend whom kindly invited us.
The soap factory in Saida was quite interesting. and such a beautiful old building in the very old city.
Back to Beirut… Just a funny composition… isn’t it?
Following the streets in Armenian part of the city…
And just because Lebanon is not Lebanon without its yummy food and also because well I’m still a food blogger, Please readers and friends… could you kick my ass to make me post some food posts again?
And because it was Christmas… Who doesn’t like a few little lights in the night?
I promise I’ll find the time to be back here and give you some tips to travel to this amazing country.
I hope you enjoyed and now please have a look at my friends Jen pictures!
Here we are, last 10/10 Photo Circle with my blogger friends of the year 2016.
For the last one, I ‘ll share with you a piece of my little town, preparing for Christmas parties. I edited those pics as vintage postcards. Just to give you a taste of old old France. ;). Today was a misty day when my daughter came at work to pick me up to go for Christmas shopping. I intended to take more pics but the mist was so strong that we couldn’t see the river anymore. So not 10 but a few of french old buildings. Enjoy.
Just a last one from the 11 birthday girl, who successfully made the fantastic Fudge of Sammie.
Remember it’s a circle, jump to check the pictures of my friend Shannon from Australia (I miss Australia !!!!! )
Enjoy the pictures and have a very Merry Christmas. See you next month to reveal our next destination!
Picture book du monde review: Christmas gifts ideas edition
A little something new this time! If you don’t have any ideas for a good gift for your teens, this post is for you!
We just celebrate our daughter’s birthday. She turned 11 on monday. She is such a book worm. So she had books as gifts and also gift card to spend in her favorite books and comics book shop. When I asked her to lend me her books for this post, she was more than happy and I had to stop her giving me tons of different books. The books she chose to share today are part of series. They are in the adventure/fantasy genre.
Even if in those saga, we are plunged into a fantasy world, I think that teens can identify themselves very easily to the characters. Those books shows also some very common teenagers issues as in relations (friendship, boyfriends, family…).
Bliss, by K. Littlewood
Bliss bakery is a very good fun trilogy. My daughter has not read the 3rd book yet but she enjoyed so much the 1st and and that she had read them several times. This is to be offered from the age of 9 for good readers. Lots of pages but lots of fun. A story about a family of bakers, but not common bakers… magicians bakers! Guess why we are fans at Pérégrination Gourmande?
Oksa Pollock Saga
My favorite is surely this one: Oksa Pollock. This young teenager discovers her superpowers and will have to take a mission. I like the fact that my girl can identify herself to the hero, I love the fact that she can read it in a good written french langage, I adore the fact that the authors invented a complex saga that can goes and goes forever. I hope so because my girl is addicted!
What I surely love also is that a comic or a « bande dessiné » in french, was published on Oksa adventures.
Another genre… Animal genre? Does that even exists? Animal fantasy! My girl is newly addict to Warriors or « La guerre des clans »in French. I still feel strange about the idea of multiple writers for a book. I’m very curious about how they manage to write altogether, using the material of each other. But it’s surely is a very good saga. Easy to read, addictive. Apparently the cats are still very popular for this age. Amazing?
This month, I really want to share those books that make us laugh each time we read them. They are very funny. They place the main character which is the kid in a strange role. My kids are fan of this one.
In « Les enfants sont méchants », the author shows with a lot of humour, how the behavior of the kids can be read from the adult perspective. It’s fun and it’s also interesting to make children think in this way. We learn how much children are mean but also how much parents are confused with those strange behavior. I particularly love the design who looks very vintage.
Ok that’s my boy being asked to play a mean face! Not very successful!
This one is just hilarious. In « Comment élever son papa« , father and son have their roles exchanged. The son explains us how to raise a daddy. On each page the little boy explains different situation as if the book is kind of a guide. « When my daddy plays the sick to avoid going to work, I show him that I don’t believe everything he tells. Daddys are smart. » « When my Dad doesn’t want to go to bed, I must not allow him. We can’t be tyrannized by a daddy ». Sorry for the poor translation but I guess you get the point. Look at this picture, it’s very evocative!
I’ve already told about this one in this previous post. I just add it again because it’s just part of this group of books.
Those 3 books are for me a very good way to discuss with our kids about their behavior. It’s easier to do that also because we don’t talk directly about them. My fav is the one with the daddy, it’s very fun.
Do you use picture books to discuss about educative questions with your children?
Now I can’t wait to see your suggestions for this month. Please join the link up party and share the picture books du monde love.
Slovenia is a very small country very easy to visit if you’re on your way south to Croatia or North to Austria and Germany. This country offers everything that one might like: mountains (Alps), sea (Mediterranean), forests, lakes, nice cities and villages. And lots of good cakes and drinks! Let me give you some ideas for a short stop in Ljubljana and its surroundings.
Play finding all the dragons of the city.
Throw an old pair of shoes on the wire and be a part of this land art / street art in the old city.
Enjoy the view on the terrasses in the old city and have a drink or two. Beer and coffee are kind of a tradition. (Try the Lasko beer and the turkish coffee)
Leave a lock graved with the name of your lover on a bridge of the old city.
Hire a bike and enjoy the city riding a bike. It’s very easy as the city is flat.
Spend a day out of the city to the lake Bled. There, rent a boat, visit the castle, take the touristic train to have a tour of the lake. This is the most romantic place in Slovenia, according to our guide, a lot of people get married there. Don’t forget to have a coffee and cake with a view.
Enjoy the shopping and the beautiful buildings and architecture of the city.
A few adresses:
Drink a beer and have a complete diner at the brewery of the city : the Union
Any book lovers we all adore Roald Dahl, don’t we?
Did you know that RD would be 100 years old this year, on the 13th of september? In my local book shop, they decorated the window for this special occasion. I thought it would be fitting to have this September Picture book du monde edition dedicated to one of my favorite authors.
This man had an incredible life. Lots of traumas (he lost a child, he helped his wife who had suffered from aphasia when she was pregnant for the 5th time…) and lot of struggle (he was active during several wars as a pilot and wrote about it) . He was a fighter, he never gave up. His life contained many of the themes that are contained within his work: adventures, dramas, strong relationships and fun.
I’ve read an interview of Quentin Blake (R. Dahl’s partner in crime). He tells about how much of a perfectionist Dahl was and how many times he had to draw some of the characters. I also read another interview with his daughter Lucy who tells about her childhood life that was that was filled with the stories of her father: drinking witches milk, eating Willy Wonka’s chocolates…
In our family, everyone loves and reads Dahl’s fairy tales and novels. Fairy tale? The Witches book? Hmmmmm … First time I gave that book to my daughter a few years back, she was so afraid, she couldn’t read it! At that time she enjoyed Fantastic Mister Fox.
And now, her favorite is Mathilda, the book, the movie, read and watched around 10 times!
Here are some of the books we love. We particularly love the version of Charlie that is a pop up book. Even Vador is reading Dahl’s stories.
When I was in high school, one of my first books that I could read in English was RD Short Stories. Have you heard about the stories written for adults? I totally recommend them. Kiss Kiss, Someone like you are books of short stories. If you haven’t read them already, please give them a try and tell me if you like them. Now I’ll have to go to the post office and send a little package to Madame Oh Creative with my old books of RD short stories! I’m sure she ‘ll love them!
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What is your favorite Roald Dahl’s book? Have you read the adults short stories?