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Fêtes, Family, and France 2016


In August Alex and I embarked on the epic 35 hour journey that took us from Melbourne to the South of France AKA utter heaven. I have to say I appreciated the usual couple of hours it takes us from London! It’s the same family friends’ house we’ve been to every year since being a child and it is just the most relaxing and fun place in the world. My parents met us in Toulouse and the party started in the airport carpark where they popped a bottle of champers for us and drove us for two hours deep into the beautiful French countryside. We woke the next morning by swinging open the shutters to the familiar views of rolling hills, not a person in sight, and the only noise coming from the birds and a faraway tractor.


Each year seems to get busier with more friends flocking to join the annual dress-up party which gets more and more bonkers. This year was an American frat party complete with cheerleader routines, beer pong, and a lot of toga costumes. On the Saturday we always walk to the local village fête about 40 minutes away for crazy traditional dancing, piles of fresh gambasfrites, and cheap French rosé. It’s always my favourite night of the week, especially the walk back to the house lit only by the moon and stars.



The rest of the week consisted of many delicious barbeques, plenty of wine and cheese, the odd trip into the nearest town when we all pile into the landrover to go to the market, and hours lying by the pool with my book and an iced coffee. I appreciated this year even more having not seen my family for many months, and our family friends (my extended siblings!) for over a year. We tend to stick to the same traditions each year but slowly things have changed as we grow up too, and I’m trying to accept that and let things go. This year my sister had just moved to Singapore and it felt strange not having my usual companion by my side during the family holiday! After a beautiful week we flew to London for 5 days, but that’ll need another post…


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    Miranda | Miranda's Notebook
    September 13, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Ah, looks like utter heaven! I was in Provence in August and am already thinking about my next trip back….just the perfect place to spend lazy summer days 🙂 xxx

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      Polly Rowan
      September 14, 2016 at 10:41 am

      Oh how beautiful! This is almost Provence too, such a magical part of the world… xx

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    September 14, 2016 at 2:49 am

    Omg your France pictures look amazing! I just got back from south of France myself when I visited Annecy and Provence, and your pictures are bringing back so many memories 🙂


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