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
A little bit of visual magic and useful TIPS : Fraser Island
If you asked which part of our travel we preferred, we would surely have a hard time to choose just one. Fraser Island excursion was part of our favorite. We were also very lucky with the weather and the conditions of the sand to drive on.
First I was a bit worried because the adventurer hiker wanted to rent a 4×4 car and drive on the island. I was worried because they say everywhere it might be difficult, and you may have troubles with the car… so we thought about the guided tours. We tried to book one and everything was fully booked. No other options than rent a 4×4 car or not going. That last wasn’t an option. So, rented a car but departing from the Island. Guess who was very happy?
We booked everything from Hervey Bay and took the first ferry very early in the morning to Kingfisher Bay Resort. That’s where the company of our 4×4 is.
You probably know it’s a National protected parc and the island is only made of sand. No roads, only sand.
The other way to go is to get a ferry from Rainbow Beach, meaning you don’t have to drive in the forest and you can drive only on the beach if you’d prefer that.
We were lucky apparently, because the sand condition was very good and the drive was easy. The renting company explained everything very properly. And we had an amazing drive. Just follow the advice of the company. They prepared a map and pointed all the sites fro a Day trip. Don’t try to go further than what they advice or you might get stuck with high tide on the beach. Really! It happens.
You also can book a scenic flight. That must be a very nice experience. Or spend a night camping there also. Another comfortable option is to stay in the resorts. We didn’t do that because we had a camper van and we also had to stay on our budget.
Enough speaking, let’s enjoy the pics of this wild wild nature.
Be an adventurer for a day and rent a 4 wheels car to drive on Fraser
Keep your budget for this excursion because there is nothing like Fraser Island
Pack food and water for your day
Don’t feed the dingos, they can be agressive, especially when they have their puppies, and by the way, they are wild animals!
Be aware of the high tide: watch your time when you drive on the beach. On high tide time, you may not come back through the beach drive.
A camping experience can be really incredible!
Ferry from Hervey Bay or Rainbow Beach depending the kind of drive you want to do
Rent the car from the Island, not from the coast, it will save you lots of money on the ferry.
Budget: Family of 4 (2 adults+2 children)
I hope you enjoyed those pics of this beautiful magical island. Now, remember this post is part of a photo circle, so pop in to see the lovely pics of my friend Sammie who is this superunner, now in Disney running 3 races in 3 days!
Another month, not in MY kitchen but in my friend’s kitchen. I already told you about Vicki’s beautiful pineapple house. Let me show you what was going on in her kitchen while I was there visiting. Picture that: 2 food bloggers in the same kitchen inspiring each other and cooking for the family.
North Queensland offers a lot of tropical giants and juicy fruits. I was amazed by the tropical fruits and veggies. The farmer market was a very nice walk.
Above are actually green beans called snake beans! How funny! They are 4x longer than the usual ones I get in France.
The next pic is of a very decadent donuts, you can inject chocolate with a seringe in the middle! So attractive that they sold out all the cakes by 11 o’clock!
Also, we were lucky enough to be invited at Vicki’s lovely neighbor party. They had a pig (the entire 33kg pig) slowly cooked in a wooden box. It was an incredible thing to see. You really have to know your business to cut that pig into pieces. The meat was very tender and tasty. It might looks a bit strange on the picture but it was delicious.
I had the chance to have a slow cooker tasting beef stew from our friend Sammie recipe. Now I want a slow cooker of course!!!! I’m such a child when it comes to kitchen toys!
I cooked a Salmon Blanquette for my lovely aussie foster family.
I even cooked some Tomato and Feta Clafoutis for the kids lunch box.
Passion Fruit Jam Recipe
Just a little recipe to finish this post. I’ll definitly plant and grow those fruits when I can. They make a very original and tasty jam.
Montpellier city and a way out to Camargue village.
I’m sorry I’m in a hotel with a very low internet connection, so I’ll have to be quick.
First some of Montpellier old city buildings. Look at this majestic one.
Too many curves guys? Here are some lines too! And a perfect symetry.
For the color lovers…
A day out at the beach and in a very cute old village in Camargue.
Ok sorry more lines… and doors! Oups I did it again!
And finally the beach, desert or Mediteranean sea?
For more of this travel and photo serie please have a look on my IG account.
I hope you enjoyed this round. See you in july and don’t forget to follow the circle until you’re back at me. Have a look at the pics of my friend Jo. I will be lucky to go to visit her in her farm very soon. We’ll share our adventures in september! Stay tuned…