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Pretty Freesias ………………..

We went to the lovely French market in Rennes over the weekend and picked up some Freesias ! They have to be one of my favourite flowers and they smell so wonderful.  It’s great to sometimes relax and sit back – helps put everything in perspective.

It does help when the sun shines too !

The French Open has started !…………………………….

I am sure all you tennis fans will be tuning in to watch the 2013 French open in Paris.  The best players in the world are in the French capital on the wonderful clay courts at Roland Garros.

I really love the vintage feel of this illustration created by Carole who writes the La p’tite Madeleine blog.  This illustration or the blog post in fact was aptly entitled ‘On the line’ or in French ‘Sur la ligne’.  – Love the design Carole!

Keeping with the tennis theme, we thought we would pick these little outfits for those young tennis fans.  The designer French childrens clothes have been created by Louis louise in Paris and can be found here  – Louis Louise

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Stopping off for a treat in Paris………………………..

I gobbled up this really delicious carrot cupcake  in just a few seconds while in Paris a couple of days ago.  There are more and more cupcake stores popping up all around the city as Parisians seem to love these little cakes!  Its quite strange to see how popular they are in France, especially as French Pastries and sweet treats are world famous.  There are two cupcake shops on Rue de L’Abbé Grégoire in the 6th Arrondissement in Paris.  You can sample them for yourselves.  Closest metro lines are Vaneau, Rennes or Saint Placide.

If cupcakes are not your ‘cup of tea’- (excuse the joke) and you prefer the more traditional French Salon de Thé, another little place just around the corner is certain to be just for you.  Mamie Gâteaux opened its doors in 2003 and is a really traditional tea house selling homemade tarts, salads, soups and some really delicious cakes and sweet treats!  This tea house is quite popular with locals and has such a quaint and relaxing ambiance inside. – You feel far removed from the hustle and bustle of Paris.

Mamie Gâteaux tea house can be found at the corner of rue du Cherche Midi and rue de L’Abbé Grégoire.  This little tea room is certainly worth a visit when in Paris.

Spring is in the air………………..

With an extra day of holiday last weekend we decided to go to the park for a walk.  The sun was shining and for the first time in many months there was no need for either a scarf or hat. – It finally feels like Spring is here in France.  The blossom trees and daffodils seem to agree too as they were in full bloom and looking really beautiful adding colour and brightness in every direction we looked!

Happy Easter…………………………………..

We opened this lovely little chocolate Easter egg earlier today, handmade in France.  The internet is great for so much today but when it comes to taste, a picture doesnt begin to tell the story of how delicious this chocolate egg was !  We cracked it open to reveal little solid chocolates in the shape of fish, rabbits, an egg and shells.  Yummy !

Happy Easter everyone !  Joyeuses Pâques – (In French)

It's Spring…………………………..

I didnt realize but It’s the first day of Spring today in the Northern Hemisphere.  The daffofils, and blossoms are in full bloom here in France and it was a glorious Spring day. – The sun was shining and it was a warm(ish) day.  Finally the cold months are behind us, fingers crossed !

I found this lovely photo of Springtime in Paris !  The cherry blossoms are so delicate.


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Tea and Carrot cake with little sister………………..

We all need our excuses to indulge a little, and with my sister over for the weekend we took her to a tea room I often visit here in Rennes , France.  I didn’t really need the menu as the delicious carrot cake with soft creamy butter icing is my favourite !  I have tried making my own carrot cake on many occasions but never make anything quite like this.  If you are ever in Rennes, Brittany you need to make a visit to  Thé au Fourneau.  This little tea room/restaurant is pretty well hidden and is mainly frequented by locals.

Opening the door you are hit with the wonderful smell of tarts cooking and the freshly baked cakes and pies out on the counter.  Walk down a few steps into this snug and cosy tea room with old wooden beamed ceilings, comfy chairs and soft cushions, you will find yourself far removed from the hustle and bustle of the world outside.

thé au fourneau – 11 Rue des portes Mordellaises, Rennes.

Pressing-Pressing mobile kitchen, Paris…………….

Like many other cities around the world, mobile food trucks are becoming more popular and are often popping up on street corners.  In Paris there are several mobile food kitchens and I would certainly recommend a recent find, – ‘Pressing-Pressing’. All the ingredients are fresh and the bread is straight from the Boulangerie.  These sandwiches are making me hungry just looking a them!

Have a look at their website to find out the next place they will be stopping and what is on the menu, you wont be disappointed.  Pressing – Pressing

Just away from the food for a moment, I love the way they set up the French brasserie wooden chairs.  It makes dining outside on a Parisian street a really fun and different experience.

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A sunny morning in France……………..

I was up pretty early today and took the camera out to snap some photos.  Its a lovely time of the year and it felt so calm and cool this morning.  There was hardly a ripple on the surface of canal  and the trees were motionless.  There was a crisp chill in the air.   I love Autumn when the weather is like this!

My weekend dream break…………..

I could easily spend some lazy summer evenings out on this terrasse! All I need now, is to save enough money to actually do it !

Have a look at their website here.