For the past three years I have read about the amazing Hot Air Balloon Festival, Les Montgolfiades, in the beautiful village of Rocamadour. I usually come upon the article just days AFTER the event has taken place leaving me frustrated that I’ve missed the festival yet again! This year, however, I was determined to make it there and had the date firmly pencilled in the diary….
City Gal to Country Bumpkin
Rewind to 2012 and we were living a very comfortable life in suburbia, a few miles from Edinburgh city centre. After a chance conversation, a dash of serendipity and an uncharacteristic ‘let’s throw caution to the wind’, we found ourselves heading for a new life in the land of baguettes and escargots!…
If you’re visiting the Dordogne and looking for something unique to do with your family – THIS IS IT! Ian’s family & kids cookery course is fantastic – it’s fun, educational and a great opportunity for some family bonding time.
Ready, Steady, Cook
The day kicks off at 10am with a warm introduction from Chef Ian. He explains that the Dordogne is the gastronomic capital of France which is in large part why he decided to settle his family in this region. The area is famous for its foie gras, duck, truffles, walnuts, specialist cheeses and not to mention its incredible seasonal produce. Ian asks the children to try everything even if they think they don’t like it. …
The French Resistance Worker
Josephine Baker is probably best known for her success as a dancer and singer who famously performed in a ‘skirt’ made of artificial bananas. Less known is the fact that she was a resistance worker for her adopted country, France, and was even awarded the Legion of Honour in 1961 in recognition of her work during WWII….
What’s a Third Culture Kid?
I’ve only just discovered a new term ‘third culture kid’ and realised it applied to me. It’s a term that was coined by a US sociologist back in the 1950s and refers to children who spend their formative years in places or cultures that are not their parents’ homeland. Both my parents are (very) Scottish but I grew up in Switzerland, Holland and France and attended a mix of local, British and International schools….
It might surprise you to know that the Palace of Versailles wasn’t actually the highlight of our recent visit. Mr 10 and I really enjoyed the Chateau, however, Mr Husband got the condensed experience as he had to keep up with Miss 7 who was on a mission to win a prize for sprinting her way through the Palace. Overall, we preferred the activities that allowed the children more freedom to run around and explore in their own unique way….